Spotted in Cobouw!
Studio Solarix founders Marloes van Heteren and Reinier Bosch were guests at Cobouw's 'Gamechangers on Tour' and 'Trends & Transitions,' both events focusing on innovative leaders in the construction industry. Curious about our contribution? Keep reading!
Gamechangers on Tour
Studio Solarix engaged in conversation with editor-in-chief Eric Verweij and investigative journalist Thomas van Belzen about how Solar Design, integrating solar panels into facades, makes the world both more beautiful and sustainable.
Currently, the construction industry faces numerous challenges: lengthy processes, demanding regulations, and not everyone being aware of applicable and effective innovations. To shed more light on the innovation climate in the Netherlands, Cobouw launched the video series 'Gamechangers.' Marloes and Reinier shared insights into Solarix's journey, revealing strategies to navigate these challenges and pave the way for innovation.
Solar panels in the fields? Stick them to facades!
Currently, there's still significant investment solely in rooftop or field solar panels, yet there are over 250 square kilometers of available facades in the Netherlands. Studio Solarix explained to Verweij and van Belzen that these facades represent potential energy sources. Why wouldn't we utilize them?
Gamechangers highlights the numerous biases in the construction industry. Studio Solarix demonstrates that innovation is indeed feasible and achievable. The innovative Pharos building in Hoofddorp stands as one of many examples. This old structure has been adorned by Studio Solarix with colorful, energy-efficient facades that not only generate power efficiently but also look aesthetically pleasing. This brings us closer to our dream of effectively outfitting as many facades in the Netherlands with solar panels without making buildings 'ugly'.
Dreaming and Doing
The aspirations of Studio Solarix are not solely about profit but mostly about sustainable endeavors. That's why we are working towards outfitting the majority of facades in the Netherlands with our Solar Design facades within 5 years. Additionally, we are moving towards a future with circular solar panels applicable everywhere. However, we're not just dreaming; we're taking action!
There are numerous possibilities in the Dutch construction industry, and Studio Solarix hopes, much like Gamechangers, to inform architects and developers about innovations. We know that with beautiful design facade panels, we can also generate energy. What can the Dutch construction industry do? The turnaround time could be faster... This is already being achieved abroad. Who will step up now?
The follow-up: Trends & Transitions
The Gamechangers episode had an exciting continuation. On March 25th, Marloes joined the leading online event discussing how to make construction faster, more sustainable, and future-proof. She sat at the table with Ballast Nedam Development CEO Onno Dwars. The message? "Let's just do it sustainably! And beautifully, of course."
Get inspired and watch the video of this intriguing conversation below: