For a while now, a new project on “De Nieuwe Dokken” has been under construction in the north of Ghent. The urban project consists of approximately 400 new apartments located on the Schipperskaai, with a view on the water. The project is based on the latest techniques to ensure the sustainability and comfort of the new district. The good connections of this new neighborhood – in fact of this new district in itself – with the rest of the Artevelde city, are one of its most important assets.
Not only the urban character of this new building project appeals to the imagination, but also the latest techniques used for the residents in terms of water purification, heat recovery and energy use. For the “De Nieuwe Dokken” project, DuCoop CV took care of the implementation of real cutting-edge technology in order to make the project as energy efficient as possible for all the residents together. For example, all biodegradable waste as well as waste water is processed into reusable water, biogas and a fertilizer, but the residual heat is also extracted to provide heating for the houses.
In order to provide sufficient heat, for example during periods of cold, a heat network was also installed up to the soap manufacturer Christeyns further down the street. The hot process water (60 degrees or more) that would otherwise have been cooled to the atmosphere is thus recovered for heating purposes. The purified water from “De Nieuwe Dokken” is also sent in the other direction to Christeyns, where it is used as process water.