©Nathalie Van Eygen| Project Owner: Université Saint-Louis | Architect: Archi 2000
A sustainable building engineering company, MATRIciel is a spin-off of the Architecture and Climate research unit from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. The company was created in 2005 by researchers who wanted to put academic tools at the service of the building sector. The ambition was, and remains, to develop all the dimensions of Sustainable Development, in a pragmatic and realistic manner.
MATRIciel thus aims to limit the impact of construction on Nature while maximizing the comfort, health and well-being of the users inside and outside of buildings.
We refuse to believe that each problem has a “high-tech” solution and we would rather adopt an approach based on bioclimatism and the circular economy to help architects design more sustainable buildings.
We design frugal places in terms of energy, material and technicality, from the scale of the building to that of the territory.
Our Added Value
MATRIciel prescribes environmentally friendly solutions and soft technologies (“low-tech”) which are:
- Repairable: easy to maintain and renovate, with a simple and understandable operation.
- Reusable and recyclable: for maximum recovery of resources at the time of recycling.
- Viable: using as few (renewable) resources as possible, and produced locally at an affordable price.
MATRIciel designs and certifies buildings of a high environmental quality and has the expertise to reduce the gap between planned and real performance:
- Proficiency in computer simulation tools for a better estimate of future energy consumption.
- Monitoring of energy and environmental goals during the project.
- Commissioning of technical installations so that they can be optimized and operate efficiently.
- Choice of “low-tech” technical solutions and drafting of user guides to make the building and its controls easily understood and therefore managed and used efficiently.
MATRIciel carries out studies to increase the productivity of the workers and the comfort, health and well-being of the users:
- Holistic design of the entire building.
- Summer thermal comfort studies to reduce the risk of overheating.
- Natural lighting studies of workplaces to reduce artificial lighting consumption.
- Studies of technical systems optimized for workplaces.
- Choice of materials which are not harmful to workers.
MATRIciel also carries out studies to mitigate environmental risks:
- Water cycle management studies to mitigate the risks of flooding and of drinking water depletion.
- Environmental and carbon footprint studies to mitigate the risk of natural resources depletion.
- Biodiversity studies to mitigate the risk of biodiversity loss and restore ecosystem services.