PURPLE LEAF  ECO  BUILDING  DESIGN

PASSIVEHOUSE INZLINGEN
LOERRACH, GERMANY

The motivation to build living spaces as so called "passive" ones with an annual heating consumption of 15kWh/sqm (usually 150 to 275kWh/sqm) is the chance to combine high living comfort with the highest energy efficiency and contributes to stem global warming because of CO2. In a passivehouse high comfortableness can be reached without a normal heating system in winter and without air-condition in the summer. An airtight, thermal bridge free and extremely heat insulated building cover causes that the warm inside air is stored in the building and the cold outside air is separated from the heated volume. Further "super windows" with a super low heat transition coefficient minimize the loss of heat, but at the same time catch the solar energy because of their high energy transition grade and save it in the floors, ceilings and walls. Even in winter these windows supply solar profits. In this case they are the heating source. Solar collectors with solar stratum storage in combination with a controlled ventilation system provide through heat recovery, water/air and supply air/exhaust air, another contribution to the heat supply. The plot that was to be developed has not only the for this energy concept important main direction to the south but also a scenic view in this direction and to the west a view at Basle. A thick wall as a warming cover leans discernible around the building. In the south and west of the building highly transparent surfaces contrast with closed volumes. Lightly constructed balconies connect the volumes and give shading in the summer. The space of the narrow plot was used to its best, a wooden box instead of the usual roofs used as sleeping or working area contrasts with the heavy wall cover. The two almost square main living levels provide without load bearing inside walls a variety of space combinations. The residents are enthusiastic about the room climate and the low heating costs.