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Aulario IndUVA, Valladolid, Spain

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Sustainable Construction Grand Prize winner - Green Solutions Awards 2018

The construction of the Aulario for the School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Valladolid presents an extraordinary casuistry from several points of view: it recovers a well-known space of the traditional culture of the university, it has been projected as a building of almost null energy, and it recovers and improves the previous experience of the University of Valladolid in the realisation of sustainable building in all its aspects (cultural, economic, environmental, and social). Although it is newly built, it is connected to the other buildings and facilities of the Campus, where a general recovery and sustainability intervention is being carried out. It will be externally certified through the GREEN GBCe, LEED, and Well certifications.


The building is composed of 34 classrooms of different sizes, with a university calendar, an intermittent and irregular schedule and a variable occupation from 100 to 2,523 students in a constructed area of 5,845 square meters. It is located within the headquarters of Mergelina, a university area that hosts other buildings such as workshops, laboratories, residential centers, and also includes gardens, recreation areas and parking. It has a long tradition in the city, and several generations of students and teachers from different areas of science have passed through it.


The Aulario IndUVA will embrace the process of continuous learning developed by the European Higher Education Area (flipped classroom), optimising the environments in which the student develops his work, both inside and outside the university classrooms. It will allow both collective and individual learning, with spaces transformed into dynamic and interactive environments for new teaching techniques and methodologies, creating adaptable spaces where students can choose when and where they learn, formally or informally, with the advances that digitization offers to the education of students. The incorporation of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will led to more opportunities in the continuous access to learning and will provide a complement to internationalisation.


The building and its environment have taken into consideration the broadest possible accessibility as one of the design objectives.


Primary energy need :307,00 kWhpe/m2.year
(Primary energy need for standard building :431,00 kWhpe/m2.year)
Calculation method :Primary energy needs
Final Energy :109,00 kWhfe/m2.year


Breakdown for energy consumption :

  • Refrigeration 6.40 kWh / m2
  • Heating 44.37 kWh / m2
  • Electricity 32.62 kWh / m2
  • ACS 0.00 kWh / m2
  • Total without equipment 82.71 kWh / m2
  • Equipment 10.60 kWh / m2


Air Tightness Value :3,00


Author(s) information


Francisco Valbuena García Architect. Project and construction management.

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Monday, 1 October, 2018