The owner of this property in Harelbeke gave us the assignment to build a low-energy house which is easily convertible into a passive house. Both in design and construction of the house we strived to keep the ecological footprint to a minimum. The following measures were taken to minimize the impact on the environment:
- using environmentally friendly techniques that have little or no impact on the user’s quality of life and the surroundings
- using ecologically responsible materials in the construction of the home
- installing sustainable energy sources for electricity and warm water
- optimally insulating the entire house
Choosing long-term sustainability solutions
This sustainable, ecological low-energy house was built in such a way that it could easily be transformed into a passive house by implementing some simple technical changes. Thanks to an extended floor, wall and roof insulation of the house a passive shell was created: an air tight building envelope between the interior and the exterior of the house. We placed solar heaters on the roof for a sustainable and profitable warm water production.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
To build a passive house is a nice thing. But to fully commit to this philosophy, its construction also has to be ecological. We therefore opted for:
- mainly materials labeled with an environmental class 1 to 3* which impact the environment the least
- absolutely no materials which have a higher formaldehyde emission, which is harmful, than wood
- wood with an FSC or PEFC label showing it comes from sustainable forests
- thermally modified planking which has been heated in an environmentally friendly way
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