Arkema’s Smart House

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Published: Thursday, September 8, 2016 Yohan Boulenouar - Upstream R&D - Projet Smart House - Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives.

From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.5 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is an Arkema company.

In October 2015 Bostik’s ‘Smart House’ was inaugurated at their Smart Technology Centre in l’Oise, 50 km from Paris. Initiated in 2013, this unique ‘Laboratory-House’ project for sustainable building is designed to test, validate and develop new solutions for construction. Arkema & Bostik achieved a life-sized demonstration of their expertise in materials and energy efficiency incorporated into one house that functions as a showroom featuring the group’s innovative materials dedicated to building.

The Smart House is the first and only house in the world to be in the process of obtaining four international sustainable building awards: Leed® and Breeam® environmental certification and Passivhaus® and Bepos® thermal certification.

The Smart House is a laboratory where many projects are conducted. The southern roof slope is equipped with 63 solar panels, capable of producing more than 14 kilowatts and, in front of this, a SOLYS2 sun tracker equipped with pyranometers and a pyrheliometer is installed. An all-in-one weather station supplements the Kipp & Zonen solar radiation monitoring equipment.

The numerous data, measured in real time, monitor the balance between solar energy received and the energy produced by the solar panels from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. This valuable information is used for design calculations, mainly for Total SunPower the provider of the panels and a project partner.

The SOLYS2 sun position information is used as an input to algorithms to regulate the positions of the adjustable window blinds and the internal environmental and efficiency control systems for comfort; noise, temperature, humidity, smell and light.

Arkema takes all the necessary measures to ensure that its products do not have a negative impact on people’s health or safety or on the environment.

The Group is also committed to developing innovative technologies and services that raise standards and sustainability levels in the building industry while adapting it to people’s ever-changing needs.

The Smart House will unlock concrete solutions for partner customers and address the challenges facing the buildings of tomorrow.

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The Smart House PV roof with solar monitoring station to left

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