Recap: DPA Cauberg-Huygen Case Study

On the 22nd of November, Mollier members seized a great opportunity and headed to Rotterdam for a Parametric Design case study, organized by Cauberg-Huygen.
The aim of the workshop was familiarising ourselves with Rhino, Grasshopper, Ladybug and Honeybee. Ideally, by the end of the day, they were to be associated with something other than insects.

At the ungodly hour of 8 am, four cars rolled out towards Rotterdam.
At 9:45, we received a warm welcome from the creative director of Cauberg-Huygen, Anne Cowan, who then proceeded to elaborate on the challenge of the day.
Upon establishing a modest goal of constructing a Pontsteiger-like building on Mars, we formed four groups and began brainstorming.
An important aspect of this process was the availability of the specialists from Cauberg-Huygen, who remained action-ready till the very end.
Five hours and several sandwiches later, four crazy ideas were presented to the organizers of the event.
Admittedly, there was not enough time for the development of a foolproof design, but there was just enough to kickstart a learning process that, in the future, has potential to flourish.

The day was concluded with a relaxing evening full of beers, as well as sodas, for the unfortunate drivers.

Eugene Mamulova

Recap: RoyalHaskoningDHV Sustainable Design Challenge

I was asked to write the recap of the Sustainable Design Challenge of Royal HaskoningDHV as one of the team members of the winning team, so here it is. The adventure started around a month ago, where Ola, Marc, Meghana, Kim and I went to the RHDHV office in Eindhoven. We got a small introduction to the challenge, where the main question was how to make the PSV stadium more sustainable. In principle, everything was possible, in the end, we were going to be rated on creativity, innovativeness, sustainability, feasibility, and presentation by a jury consisting of RHDHV employees and someone from the Municipality of Eindhoven. After the presentation, we were assigned a team consisting of four RHDHV employees and one TU/e BPS student. The start shot was fired and the competition started. Immediately all the teams started analyzing the stadium and were brainstorming on what to do with the building and the surrounding area. Because of the different interests and backgrounds we had some nice inputs after which we had two weeks to make our presentation and pitch.

The presentation day arrived where everyone had to show what they have done. Because of the BPS Retrofit conference, I went suited up to the RHDHV office for the presentation (although some of the competition said I did it to charm the female jury members). Every team presented their ideas where some were more extreme than the other. From a total design to more abstract concepts. Most of the ideas were based on adding more functionality to the building, using energy saving or producing technologies showing everything that was possible. Ideas included algae producing facades, TU/e classrooms in the stadium and the standard solution adding PV-panels on the roof. In the end, my team won by showing several ideas in a conceptual way (and some nice renders) where adding technology, design, ecology, and social aspects were the main change to the building. After the presentations, there was a nice drink where everyone could talk about their experiences. All in all it was a really nice afternoon.

In the end, since I was in the winning team, I ate together last Wednesday with my team at “De Verlenging”, one of the restaurants in the PSV stadium. Hopefully, some of the ideas that were suggested by the different teams will one day be implemented, in that way making sustainability a part of the PSV vibe!

Sustainability Design Challenge | Royal HaskoningDHV

TU/e Built Environment Research Day

BPS Student Day | INSide Information Release | Drink

TU/e and NAG acoustics symposium

Recap: RETScreen workshop

Last Friday VanHout adviseurs en installateurs came by and gave us an interesting course about RETScreen. RETScreen is an energy management software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration project feasibility analysis as well as ongoing energy performance analysis.

Jan van Hout, the director of the company, and Sander ter Mors, a Medior engineer, took us on a journey to discover the possibilities of RETScreen. Last year they also gave a crash course where they showed us how to make PV-panels feasible on a dwelling ( This year they gave a small introduction to the software. We did a workshop on how to import and analyze data from the fuel consumption of a project. We made a prediction for the ongoing fuel consumption and compared this with the actual consumption. This way we could see how an improvement in the system reduces the fuel demand.

After that we did a similar analysis of the data of a PV-panel. By analyzing the data we could see that for a while more electricity was generated then there was expected and for another period less. This was caused by roof maintenance and a lighting strike. It is important that when someone places PV-panels on their roof they also make sure that it keeps working according to expectations.

It was a really interesting course and we would like to thank Jan and Sander for coming.

Open Evening Kuijpers


WELL Building Student Event

TU/e Creathon “Health and well-being in built environment”