An Energy Monitoring Brain Makes This Building the World's First Zero Carbon Convention Center

Illustration for article titled An Energy Monitoring Brain Makes This Building the World's First Zero Carbon Convention Center

It's not often (ever?) that a convention center is anything worth being excited about, but Ireland's new Convention Centre Dublin uses ingenius engineering and an omniscient mother brain to monitor and adjust itself. The result? Zero carbon footprint.

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Illustration for article titled An Energy Monitoring Brain Makes This Building the World's First Zero Carbon Convention Center

Every aspect of the CCD's design has been finely tuned to prevent waste—despite possessing enough space for a performance hall, giant auditorium, and enough floorspace for 8,000 attendees. Engineers began with 6,000 tons of low carbon concrete. A good start. From there, things take a turn for the higher-tech: sophisticated heating and cooling systems that that use minimal amounts of juice, all linked up to a central computer that monitors environmental conditions in real time and adjusts electricity consumption accordingly.

Illustration for article titled An Energy Monitoring Brain Makes This Building the World's First Zero Carbon Convention Center

When the building is stuffed with guests, it even traps their radiating heat and water vapor to be stored for later use. The CCD even produces its own giant stores of ice to tap for a quick cool-off, no air conditioning required. And it doesn't hurt that the place is pretty damn pretty, to boot. [Inhabitat]

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NovemberAjax

Wow. Anyone ever read the book GridIron by Philip Kerr? Some eery similarities there. Apart from the 'brain' idea, the books' description of the building atrium is not a million miles away from what they've built here. Hopefully this convention centre won't start killing its occupants though.