Refugee School Bekaa Valley

Our former TS Academy fellow Ahmad Nouraldeen is building a school to address the virtual absence of educational opportunities available to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Najjar Najjar Architects, Transsolar and SAWA proposed to develop low-cost climate responsive schools to provide these children with increased opportunities and adequate conditions for learning.

Who we are

Transsolar is an international climate engineering firm determined to create exceptional, highly comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces with a positive environmental impact. We believe that the very measures taken to create remarkable architecture can simultaneously enhance human experience and minimize resource use. To us, sustainability is not separate from design, but an indispensable component that enhances the experience of the built environment.

What we do

We are vision facilitators, idea generators, and design integrators. Our engineers are not just experts in basic physical principles; their creativity enables the collaboration necessary to develop deeply integrated comfort and energy concepts. Beginning from a project’s earliest conception, we work alongside the client, architect, design team, and the most vital participants of all – the occupants. We study the seasonal behavior of sun, wind, heat, light and other energy flows in and around the building, and formulate concepts based on the complex interdepenence of the local climate, user needs, architectural design and engineered systems. Our toolbox is ever-growing with simulation models, custom software, tailored engineering analysis, and physical experiments used to develop and validate these ideas.

What we offer

We believe that the built environment is more than the physical building. Our approach explores all factors affecting the occupant experience – including their variation in time and space. Indoors or outdoors, a climate is continually changing. We respond with dynamic solutions that work with this natural variability, not against it. While we are constantly developing new technologies and finding innovative applications, we recognize that technology alone is not the answer. We are pioneers in implementing passive design strategies, and pride ourselves in their application in built, significant projects, both large and small.

Our product is a process. We ask difficult questions, challenge convention and propose new solutions, and thoroughly test ideas. Each project requires both sharing our knowledge and generating new ideas – ultimately creating unique experiences, but always achieving the same goal: High Comfort, Low Impact.