The house is located in one of the most attractive locations in Aarberg directly on the Hagneck Canal overlooking the Chasseral. The family house is designed for a family of four to six. The house has the living rooms on the ground floor and the bedrooms upstairs and is fully built on a basement.
The special feature of the house is that it is built in Holz100: a glue and toxin free solid wood construction. With 30 cm thick solid wood walls with a large storage mass, solid wood parquet and wooden doors, this house radiates a lot of warmth and security. Also the z. T. plastered wall surfaces were created with a natural material, a fine lime plaster.
The house is heated only with a wood stove on the ground floor and the radiant heat is distributed throughout the house.
The material and the heating provide the residents with a healthy and comfortable living environment, which is energy-saving and sustainable for future generations (circular economy).
The future-oriented active office building complex ARCHENEO is located on Bundesstrasse 161 between Oberndorf in Tirol and Kitzbühel. The holistically developed project has as its main objective an energy concept that is designed for the lowest consumption and also generates more energy than is consumed. This energy is sourced locally from renewable sources, combined to provide all consumers with a storage concept for peak load delivery and peak load optimization.
The supply of the commercial park completed in 2010 with a usable area of 6,500 m2 takes place with an active energy balance over the entire year. The surplus energy is used among other things for the operation of electric vehicles. The total annual energy consumption is about 209,000 kWh. The total yield is currently 226,750 kWh.
The ARCHENEO is the first energy-autonomous solid wood building with zero grams of CO2 emissions in Austria. This is achieved without loss of comfort for the users. The active house is made of native, moonwood completely ecological - without adhesives, glues or chemicals. The building is built from 36.4 cm thick Thoma Holz100 elements and grows again in Austria's forests in 42 minutes. The project makes a valuable contribution to raising awareness of the changeable and ever-renewable resource wood.
For a high-quality mix of innovative companies from the ecological, social, innovative-technical as well as health and wellness areas, there is also space for other companies in addition to existing companies, which profit from the synergy of the overall concept.
Much love and detail is in the elaborate designs of our finest carpenters. Mr. Idler produces original wines in very high quality, and the absence of herbicides and chemical pesticides was not to be compromised. Therefore, only a pure and original building material such as Thoma Holz100 came into question for his tasting room. If you are in the vicinity of Weinstadt-Strümpfelbach, stop for a drink of pure joie de vivre. www.weingut-idler.de
The Salzburg architect and landscape artist Matthias Würfel has expressed his deep-rooted appreciation of nature in "land-art" projects so far. Now he has developed an ecological living cube, which he builds with Thoma Holz100.
Following the motto "Nomen est Omen", Matthias Würfel developed a "living cube" with a holistic approach. The construction method should be healthy, ecological, valuable, compact and flexible. The architect referred to the geometric rules of the cube to combine energetic advantages with a playful freedom of design. The client can individually adapt the individual modules in different design grids to his needs.
"The building enables living in the material cycle of nature and is sustainable on all levels. This means not only the use of CO2-neutral natural materials, energy-efficient construction and heating with renewable energy sources, but also the saving of long transport routes in the manufacture and construction of the building, "says the architect.
With the Zinipi you can get a small Holz100 pearl in the garden. Whether as a reading and retreat, as a sauna or as a lookout point. The possibilities for the little cube are limited only by our own imagination. One of them (it became a Tepidarium) you can also test in the nature house.
In Austrian timber construction, the smallest and most westerly state is regarded as a land of pioneers. One of the young, wild Vorarlberg wood architects is Oskar Leo Kaufmann. He has planned a so-called "floating" timber construction - Holz100.
"GREEN" REDEFINED; where wood meets advanced technology.
The “WOODCUBE” is the first carbon-neutral multistory residential block in building class 4 to be constructed without toxic substances and to have the wood completely visible from the inside, only achieved by using Thoma Holz100 as its main building system. As such, it constitutes a new timber construction system for urban settings that is resource-conserving, healthy, and long-lasting.
WHAT IS A 'SMART MATERIAL HOUSE'?
“Smart materials” are materials, material systems, and products that can be derived from them that behave not in a static but a dynamic way, in contrast to conventional building materials. In other words, because of their nature, these materials react to changing environmental conditions and adapt to them. The building shell is one of the most crucial elements in this respect: the use of smart materials in the façade can enable energy and material flows to be improved and kept as low as possible, since a large proportion of these materials draw energy directly or indirectly from the surrounding environment. Smart materials are active, with a transformative character. They respond to changing environmental conditions.
A “Smart Material House” is a new form of residential building in which adaptable architectural designs can be combined with intelligent technologies and construction materials. The building envelope is the central element of the energy exchange between inside and outside. It controls inflowing and outflowing energy streams and the circulation of material. Using smart materials and smart technologies, building envelopes can actively regulate energy and material flows. Since the beginning of the modern period, building services have been bundled away, centralised, and thus often rendered invisible. With the proliferation of smart materials, the material surface can itself become a medium carrying energy and information.
Smart Material House
The "WOODCUBE" is a five-storey apartment building with a flexible number of apartments. The design demonstrates the possibilities of forward-looking solid timber construction. It largely avoids the use of non-renewable raw materials in both its construction and its operation. Energy and heat energy are carbon neutral and derived from renewable sources.
The "WOODCUBE" project is the first time that an apartment complex has been built that does not emit any greenhouse gases over its life cycle, and is almost completely biologically recyclable. All of the construction materials were therefore checked for their carbon potential and biological compatibility in building. A sophisticated building services concept with central building control and smart metering supports the consistently low energy consumption. Compared with conventional buildings, approximately 8,500 tonnes of carbon were saved during the construction phase alone.
PASSIVE HOUSE ENERGY STANDARDS
By eliminating fire-protective encapsulation, the building components could remain visible on the inside. This meant that there was no need for additional coatings or protective structures, while the indoor climate benefits from a structure that is open to diffusion, with a higher heat storage capacity. The building’s structural properties also allow construction without thick insulating material. Nevertheless, this project has similar energy properties to those of highly insulated Passive Houses. The model energy properties demonstrated here, along with the actual energy consumption, come below the calculation values stipulated by lending institutions.
This has resulted in a system component that brings sustainability, fire safety, and favourable energy properties together in synergy, while maintaining the strict single-material approach. This saves resources while ensuring a high level of efficiency.
The Thoma Holz100 system, which was thermally optimised in collaboration with various experts, now makes it possible for the “WOODCUBE” to achieve the KfW-40 standard. As several studies show, the considerable advantages offered by the positive material properties of solid wood construction in terms of energy efficiency cannot be attained through conventional methods. The actual energy consumption is likely to be similar to that of a Passive House. If we look at the building’s energy requirement purely in terms of the numbers, it comes to 18 kWh/m2 per year, which is roughly equivalent to the Passive House standard.
Energy Efficient Solid Wood Construction
The “WOODCUBE” makes an outstanding contribution to sustainable building typologies, while venturing far beyond prevailing construction standards and the current discourse surrounding sustainability in architecture. It is worth noting that the project did not receive the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) Gold Seal. This would have been possible if a preliminary investigation had been carried out, as its consistent environmental focus would have met the sustainability criteria, with energy savings of up to 95 per cent. Nevertheless, the DGNB nominated the “WOODCUBE” for the 2013 German Sustainability Prize, which it shared with two other buildings. Wood has been used as a construction material for thousands of years. Through a smart approach and the use of highly modern technology, it has been transformed into a smart material that can define inner city housing construction. The “WOODCUBE”, developed as part of the IBA Hamburg 2013, is a prominent example of this approach.