The Suikerpark includes some 70 apartments in the Suikertorens tower. A number of sustainable technologies were used in the realisation of the project. DUCO ensured that residents experience natural, pleasant ventilation indoors.


Demand-controlled ventilation system in Suikerpark new-build apartments

Living, relaxing and working in the green surroundings of an urban park in the heart of the picturesque Veurne. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? The Suikerpark projects encompasses fifteen hectares of nature reserve, four hectares of recreation park and numerous sustainable construction solutions. Each apartment has a direct relationship with the park, turning it into a collective space. The goal? Maximum living comfort in a way that is as energy efficient as possible.

The Suikerpark includes some 70 apartments in the Suikertorens tower. A number of sustainable technologies were used in the realisation of the project. The residual heat from the chips furnace at the nearby Pepsico plant is used to heat all apartments in Suikerpark, as well as to heat domestic hot water. In addition, the heat grid ensures that all apartments in Suikerpark are BEN. Waste water from bathrooms in the Suikertorens is captured and filtered and then reused for toilet flushing.

Demand-controlled ventilation system

The partnership with DUCO began on plots 1 and 2, which are home to compact apartments of two or three storeys. Electronically controlled TronicVent window ventilators connected to the Duco Silent Tronic system are used to supply fresh air to these apartments. The ventilators provide a continuous supply of well ventilated air with absolutely no noise nuisance.

Karel Lambert, project manager at construction firm Furnibo, explains: ‘We wanted to avoid ducting and suspended ceilings to the fullest extent possible so that we could make optimal use of the space available. This meant using TronicVent window ventilators, discretely integrated into the exterior woodwork. These ventilators are controlled by sensors located in the living spaces. The ventilators open to a greater or lesser extent according to the quality of the air in those spaces, and only provide ventilation where and when it’s needed. If no fresh air needs to be supplied to the room, the ventilator closes, reducing the amount of outdoor air entering. In addition, demand-controlled mechanical extract ventilation also requires fewer ducts. ‘

Acoustic comfort

What’s more, there are also DucoBox Silent Connect ventilation boxes in the apartments’ storage areas. These whisper-quiet ventilation boxes have a smart control system and provide essential extraction in damp rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms. The DucoBox Silent Connect has a minimum sound power of 57.5 dB(A) at the intake and 46.5 dB(A) at the radiation from the box. Thanks to the double-walled design combined with an acoustic base plate, the DucoBox operates almost silently. In addition, the CO2 room sensors in the living room help to ensure a comfortable and healthy indoor climate.

The result? Optimal thermal and acoustic comfort in all living spaces in the apartments, allowing residents to experience pleasant and natural ventilation indoors.


ARCHITECT: a1AR architects & moreDENC StudioB architecten

CONSULTANT: CobeWim Viaene (technologies)