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Passive Building of the Week: Lodenareal Housing
Amanda Reed, 2 Sep 10

Michael Eliason and Aaron Yankauskas, of Brute Force Collaborative, have a great case-study up on a recently completed 'Passivhaus' housing project in the Lodenareal complex in Innsbruck, Austria

Developed by Neue Heimat Tirol and designed by architekturwerkstatt din a4 with team k2 architekten, the new building will provide well designed and highly energy efficient homes for low-income residents:

Pushing for low-tech solutions, low operation and heating costs, and energy independence – Neue Heimat Tirol sounds like an incredible organization to work with. These strategies allow them to work with some stellar architects, producing quality buildings for those that might not otherwise be able to afford it. The Lodenareal complex is expected to save an astonishing 680 tons of CO2 per year. This is an area where Passivhaus really shines – nearly achieving 2030 Challenge now, at costs slightly more than code minimum buildings. We predict that larger housing estates meeting passivhaus will become the norm, as cities and developers realize significant cost savings can be achieved through these schemes.

Those are some impressive stats! Click here to see the full case-study and learn more about the construction assemblies and heating systems, as well as find more images and links to further information on the project.


For another good case study by Michael Eliason and Aaron Yankauskas, see: "Freiburg: A Model of Sustainability"


Photos by Christoph Lackner; via Brute Force Collaborative

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