Eindhoven: the latest trends in smart urban residential development

The city of Eindhoven is the first one in the Netherlands which will get a “vertical forest”. It will be integrated into one of two new smart buildings to be built in the city. The goal of Trudo social housing project is to combine modern design, renewable energy and advanced IoT technology, demonstrating the latest trends in smart urban residential development.

The Trudo Tower (Trudo Toren) is a 70-metre-high residential tower integrating a vertical forest while the Haasie Over residence will be built above one of the largest skate halls in Europe, and topped by a PowerNEST, an innovative rooftop structure combining a wind turbine with solar panels to generate renewable energy, reports Smart Cities World.

PowerNEST is a solution providing renewable energy for high-rise buildings, using limited roof space to generate as much energy as possible. Located beneath a solar roof, a system of funnels and turbines is installed along the roof edge to capture the wind flow and accelerate it towards the turbines. The concentrated air flow drives the turbines, generating energy even from the slightest breeze.

“Our aim is to create an attractive living environment for people with a modest income,” said Fieke van den Beuken, Trudo project manager for the two buildings. “For these two housing projects, “we aim to set a new standard for urban developments, by incorporating renewable energy, state-of-the-art energy management technologies and adding green facades to reduce CO2 emissions and generate energy savings.”

Trudo is an Eindhoven housing association with a focus on “accommodating people” rather than real estate. Its latest social housing development projects, Haasje Over and Trudo Toren, have received subsidies from Stimulus, OPZuid and the EU fund for regional development.


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