This sustainable future building will have neither heating nor air conditioning


A new model of building could change our heating and cooling needs for homes. Photo: AFP

Imagine living or working in a building where you didn't need to turn on the radiator in winter or activate the air conditioning in summer.

The idea is appealing and now it's taking shape as a reality. Indeed, this concept of a more sustainable building without heating, air conditioning or ventilation system was conceptualised and designed by Austrian architect Dietmar Eberle in 2013 with the project "2226".

The project has resulted in residential, office and mixed-use buildings with clean designs and rather plain facades, built in Austria and Switzerland.

Integrating a connected intelligence system, the low-carbon housing concept will soon see the light of day in Lyon, the first city in France to invest in this type of construction.

Real estate developer Nexity has won a tender for a large construction project in Lyon's Confluence district, including a new building designed with the help of Dietmar Eberle's architectural team (Baumschlager Eberle).

Called "L'Essentiel", the building is expected to be completed in 2023. To allow its future inhabitants to live comfortably without heating or air conditioning all year round, the method used will be the same as that used for the other "2226" buildings built in Austria and Switzerland.

Thanks to thick walls lined with insulating materials, the building will maintain an ambient temperature of between 22ºC and 26ºC at all times (hence the name).

"Thanks to their inertia or thermal phase shift, the heat stored by the floors and walls is released throughout the day," Nexity said in a statement.

Triple-glazed windows equipped with sensors will be used to measure the temperature in real time. In winter, the building's inhabitants will also be able to warm up thanks to the energy emanating from household appliances, computers, etc.

A concept of a low-energy building that could have a promising future, especially given the current geo-political and climate context. Indeed, the thermal insulation of housing represents a key axis for achieving energy savings.

According to recent estimates of France's National Observatory of Energy Renovation, of the 30 million primary residences in the country on Jan 1, 2022, about 5.2 million homes are energy-inefficient, representing 17% of the country's total housing. – AFP Relaxnews

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Living

Moving species to save them fast gaining traction as climate change upends habitats
Go on a journey through Indian food memories with this lovely food memoir
A fridge too far? Living sustainably in NYC by unplugging
Madagascar’s unique biodiversity could take millions of years to restore
How pets motivate children to want to interact with it, promoting development
Showing kindness and empathy for animals
Danish firm designs the SUV of cargo bikes
Coffee Meets Whisky In Perfect Harmony With The Macallan‘s Latest Release
Imaginenation: just drive, don't worry about how to pay that toll
Dear Thelma: My in-laws are intrusive and make decisions for us

Others Also Read