R&M Cube - A Cube with Brains
Green Building @ Industry
Just months after its completion, the R&M Cube is already considered a model for CO2-neutral low-energy construction and a trailblazer in industrial architecture. Green construction is the key word. The building was designed to make daily processes as efficient and ecological as possible. Amstein + Walthert AG, a Zurich firm, planned the necessary systems for building services.
In the Cube, R&M relies on what is called low-exergy building technology that delivers remarkable results:
- minimal possible energy consumption
- ultra-low maintenance costs
- use of available heat
- no fossil energy sources
The building meets the Minergie Standard, a Swiss quality mark for low-energy homes. Its compact cubic shape and its facade design help to reduce heat losses from the building shell. Heating and cooling are provided solely through a clever networking of the Cube with the connected underground thermal storage unit.
The cooling system for the R&M data center is also innovative. It is based on what is called the "cold aisle principle". Cold air is blown only into the rack cabinets and the aisles between them, not the entire room. Heat exchangers return the generated heat to the building heating system, thereby reducing the usual energy requirements by 60 percent. Finally, intelligent building automation controls all the building services reliably and in keeping with requirements.