Video: Arup offers tour of world's first algae-powered building

Dubbed BIQ house, the building features a bright green façade consisting of hollow glass panels filled with algae and water.

September 13, 2013

Earlier this year, BD+C reported on a net-zero apartment facility in Hamburg, Germany, that is touted to be the world's first algae-powered building. Arup, the project's lead engineer, recently posted a video on the project. The firm's European Research and Technology Leader, Jan Wurm, PhD, offers a tour of the new building and talks with other members of the façade development team. 

Dubbed BIQ house, the building features a bright green façade consisting of hollow glass panels filled with algae and water. Sunlight makes the algae reproduce, with nutrients and CO2 provided by a network of pipes. The resulting pulp can be harvested periodically and then fermented in an external biogas plant, generating energy. More on the project.

Click on the image below to watch the five-minute Arup video:

 

Here are more photos of the project:

         
 

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