Climate neutrality by 2030
What will the working world of tomorrow look like? How can functionality, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability be combined? This is a question that Bechtle, Germany’s largest IT systems integrator, is also addressing. Bechtle set itself an ambitious target for the expansion of its headquarters with a third building section. There is plenty of space for 600 employees across four floors.
„We want to be successful on a sustainable basis“
Arthur Schneider, Sustainability Manager at Bechtle, on goals and measures
Solar energy plus geothermal heat
Bechtle already has a lot of green energy in place at its headquarters in Neckarsulm, Germany: 60 percent of the heating capacity comes from 130 geothermal boreholes, with district heating from the city of Neckarsulm’s combined heat and power plant covering further capacity. 7,000 photovoltaic modules on all possible roof surfaces supply around 1.9 megawatts of electricity.
„We focus on an intelligent mix of energy“
Bernd Dollmann, Managing Director KREOR Südwest, on the new building
A green approach using propane
If geothermal energy and district heating reach their limits, two air-to-water heat pumps and two water chillers on the roof provide the required energy. These systems by Skadec are using the natural refrigerant R290 – in other words, propane.
„Propane is future-proof“
Dennis Kratschmayer, Managing Director Skadec, on the advantages of R290
Ideal conditions for working
In this smart office, building automation controls almost everything, especially lighting and temperature. Sensors record presence, daylight, and room light as well as room temperature. A BUS system links all the electrical functions together, from the lighting elements to the blinds and heating/cooling ceiling panels. Automated systems ensure ideal lighting conditions in the rooms, for example.
„No need for the last person out to turn off the light“
Bernd Dollmann on the smart office
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Concerns about using propane?
Completely unfounded, says Christopher Hammel, Technical Manager at SKADEC GmbH. Read why he advocates propane as a natural refrigerant and also relies on ebm-papst fans in this interview!
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