Yaam has been an integral part of Berlin’s club scene for 25 years. After stints at various addresses, the “Young African Art Market” is now based at the Schillingbrücke at Ostbahnhof in a huge concrete hall.
Due to the great ceiling height and the consequently huge air volumes, the non-profit association decided on a gas-fired dark radiator system, which heats the rooms by means of infrared radiation.
Compared to conventional heating systems, up to 70% of energy can be saved due to brief operating times and high energy yield. The heating system used was awarded the German Sustainability Prize in 2012 as Germany’s most sustainable product.
The YAAM uses green gas and green electricity and does its best to limit water consumption and reduce energy output overall. LED technology & motion detectors are now a tried and tested, well-functioning system.
Martin Gräff (technical director, board of Kult e.V.) says: “I have been convinced from the very beginning that regenerative energies are the future in all areas. Why pay money for energy? Why burden the environment unnecessarily? Clearly, a radical rethink must take place at all levels of society and the senseless clinging to outdated and environmentally damaging and environmentally harmful processes as quickly as possible.”
Matthias Krümmel from the Berliner Energiecheck from BUND adds: “With our Berlin Energycheck project, we provide advice on low-investment measures that make sense, especially at home, save money and reduce the burden on the climate. However, our nightlife, i.e. enjoying cold drinks, good music and atmospheric lighting, naturally also comes with a considerable ecological footprint – no culture without energy and resource consumption…Through low-investment measures, the YAAM can adhoc save 10,000 kWh of electricity.”
This is a great example of the cultural and event industry coming up with innovative ways to cut way down on their energy output and helping to make the event industry greener!
Main photo by GerritBurow via Flickr.com under a Creative Commons 2.0 licence