IAC Campus Europe

Hello everyone, I am "The Campus Owl".
Here at the IAC Campus, we are committed to respecting the environment.
I present here a summary of the efforts and green initiatives that we are developing at the IAC Campus Europe in Portugal.
There are a total of 25 initiatives, grouped into 10 categories.
Best regards and I hope to see you at the IAC Campus

PHOTOVOLTAICS PANELS (2 systems)


Main PV System: produces about 25% of all electricity consumed on the Campus, with nominal power of 4200W (28.8 m2 / 310 square feet of solar panels).

Photovoltaic System data

Lead Time Produced:
5 years: 11 months: 20 days

± Kwh Produced: 35,812 Kwh
± Kg CO2 Saved: 14,324.64 Kg
± Kg SO2 Saved: 716.23 Kg
± Kg NOx Saved: 358.12 Kg

Data update automatically daily


Phytolab photovoltaic system: production of all electricity needed for the operation of the Phytolab (1.6 m2 / 17 square feet of solar panels).

RAINWATER HARVESTING (2 systems)


Hospedarium: tank with 6500 liters (1,717 gallons) capacity. Water used for cleaning, irrigation and toilet flushing.

Auditorium: Tank of 543,000 liters (143,445 gallons) capacity. Water is for cleaning, irrigation, toilets and outdoor use.

SOLAR WATER HEATER (2 systems)


Hospedarium: solar thermal system for hot water (6 m2 / 65 square feet collector panel).

House: solar thermal system for hot water (4 m2 / 43 square feet collector panel).

CONSTRUCTIONS


Highly energy efficient buildings. All construction carried out in the IAC Campus is graded Level A + , using sustainable building techniques and materials for higher energy efficiency and sustainability. Thermal insulation is used in walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows.

High efficiency AC/heating system.


Only wood sourced from certified sustainable forests used in construction.

WASTE


Sewage treatment (2 systems) - using government approved WWTP system (two-stages, aerobic and anaerobic, with recirculation and aeration promoted by time controled pumps). Treated water can be safely returned to the environment.

All waste sorted for recycling.

Organic waste composted and used as fertilizer.

LED LIGHTING


Solar LED lighting on pathways.

LED lighting in the auditorium (RoHS certification).

Some benefits of LED lighting

  • Significant economic savings
  • Ecologicaly friendly
  • Shelf life:
  • the LEDs last as long as 50 incandescent or 10 CFL bulbs
  • Efficient: 9X longer than incandescent; CFL 1/2
  • Free of toxic mercury vapor
  • Recyclable
  • No ultraviolet or infrared waves produced
  • Cold light
  • Resistant to vibration and shock
  • Turn on instantly without blinking
  • Easily automated via beam sensor
  • Unique design
  • Color spectrum
  • Reduces eyestrain
  • Powered by renewable energy

REFORESTATION AND IRRIGATION


Reforestation project using native trees, bushes and fruit trees.
Currently there are 61 fruit trees, 735 shade trees (some composing 450 linear meters of acoustic barrier), 101 ornamental trees, and 290 native trees, making for a total of approximately 1,187 trees receiving prophylactic phytosanitary treatment, organic fertilizers and irrigation. The reforestation project is under in constant and systematic expansion, according to our irrigation capabilities. The Campus landscap provides food and specific native habitat for nesting birds.

Landscape drip irrigation system with programmable timer. Night time irrigation during dry season for highest water conservation.

TREATMENT AND FERTILIZATION


Prophylactic treatment and phytosanitary pruning of native trees.

Periodic organic fertilization of all plant species.

Natural soil fertilization by planting nitrogen-fixing plants.

Mechanical shredding of dry branches used for organic fertilization of specific species. In addition to improving the soil's organic content, it prevents the burning of wood and subconsequent release of CO2.

BIODEGRADABLE


Manual removal of weeds without the use of chemical pesticides.

Use of biodegradable and biological cleaning products.

Use an ultrafiltration system for the production of drinking water, avoiding the use of plastic bottled water.

RESPECT AND CARE OF FAUNA


Rescue and adoption of abandoned animals (4 dogs and 2 cats).

Hunting ban in the IAC Campus area.