Cundinamarca, Colombia, Bogotá
Theme/Year: Climate Change 2017
Category: Open Challenge
Status: Award Winner
How can we improve indoor thermal comfort in Barranquilla's existing apartments while using energy efficiently? Is it possible to make cities like Barranquilla resilient to the global warming using renewable and freely available energy? Cooltiva is an active/passive climatization system that takes advantage of the wind and the sun to maintain comfort temperatures inside. The benefit of incorporating plants as a strategy to optimize air cooling creates spaces for reconnection with another kind of life. Cooltiva is a system that provides continues thermal comfort using the minimal amount of electrical energy and taking advantage of the climatic conditions like the wind in cities with the hot and moist weather. With Cooltiva the electrical invoice can have an important reduction. This also means low down the emissions of greenhouse gases produced in the conventional electrical generation.We want Cooltiva to become more than a product on a platform to empower people and create a community that can have a positive impact in our world. The activities and care of the plants can create links between members of Cooltiva’s community and also can create bonds with nature while making our homes fresh and beautiful. The Cooltiva system is mostly thought for residents of cities, with similar weather conditions of Barranquilla (Colombia), principally the ones that live in small spaces like apartments. Mainly middle strata men or women who spend most of their time indoors and want to include plants in their homes and lives.