Science and innovation on the literal roof of our building

Working on science and innovation doesn't only happen inside LAB42, also outside! On the roof for example. Daylight entry and energy generation converge on top of LAB42. Besides the solar panels on the roof, special glass ceilings are installed in the roof. There are 32 of these glass ceilings which each consists of 3 regular panels.

Koen Akkermans, project leader at Kingspan Light + Air, the company that installed the glass ceilings, explains how this glass roof contributes to the sustainability of LAB42: “The glass ceiling provides an effective daylight- and temperature regulation. Where daylight can travel far into the atrium, the solar heat is efficiently shut out. Thanks to the access of 50% of the daylight while only ±24% of the solar heat is allowed through, a lot can be saved on cooling.”

This innovation makes LAB42 more sustainable, by saving energy spent on temperature regulation while simultaneously generating energy from the sun.