5 December 2017 • Colette van Heck
The Hague University of Applied Sciences wins RAAK award with its ‘Installaties 2020’ research
The Hague University of Applied Sciences won the RAAK award for pioneering practical research among universities of applied sciences. During the ‘Pak de ruimte!’ (Fill that space!) SIA congress on 30 November, Laure Itard, head of the ‘Installaties 2020’ (Installations 2020) research group, was awarded the first prize of 10,000 Euro.
The jury was full of praise. “This research is innovative from start to finish. By looking at a building from a different perspective and viewing its energy units as the heart, lungs and arteries of a building, Itard adopts the diagnostic methodologies of health care sciences. This is a crossover that has great potential and which has already enthused the important players in the fields of construction and installation technology. It creates a seamless interface between research and implementation, and interweaves innovation and practical application. Creating a healthy indoor climate is very energy intensive and a lot of waste goes unnoticed. There is plenty of room for improvement and this is why this research is so relevant.
Impact on education
The jury was also impressed by the impact of the project on education. “In their different subjects, students learn about potential technologies that may further reduce wastage in the future, and they will take this knowledge with them throughout their careers. And to make this attractive for students, the entire The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ building in Delft functions as a living lab. The jury sees opportunities for start-ups that can work concretely with the outcomes of this research. It has great expectations of this research project and considers the head of the research group Laure Itard to be a dedicated researcher.”
The icing on the cake
Laure Itard, head of the Energy & the Built Environment research group and the project leader of ‘Installaties 2020’ is extremely proud of her team and is pleased about the gains already made. “We have worked on this research since our campus opened in Delft in 2009. Students, lecturers and companies have worked hard on reducing energy wastage. We have developed diagnostic methodologies and a game to share knowledge. We have also carried out customised studies for building managers. The RAAK award is the cherry on the cake. The 10,000 euro will help us bring the project another step forward. We will continue making adjustments to the building. The system is old and needs to be replaced. We need to install new sensors so that we can do further research.” Apart from receiving a trophy and the prize money, ‘Installaties 2020’ won something else – a short film will be made about the project.
‘Installations 2020’ researched how you can provide installations with intelligence and self-management by using the millions of data points on The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ Delft campus. Energy installations are the lungs, heart and arteries of the building, in a manner of speaking. They enable the building to breathe and stay at a constant temperature in order to create a comfortable and healthy internal climate. However, modern installations have become so complex that even the best experts lose their way as malfunctions, incorrect calibrations and energy wastage go unnoticed.
About the RAAK award
The RAAK award gives pioneering applied research at universities of applied sciences a stage. The award will enable the Regieorgaan SIA (Taskforce for Applied Research, part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)) to promote the prominence and quality of research of universities of applied sciences.
Of the 23 entries, 10 research projects were nominated by the jury, 2 of which were from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Apart from ‘Installaties 2020’, the other nominee was ‘De perfecte sportrolstoel’ (the perfect sports wheelchair).