“House of the Future”: construction in Germany is increasingly green

Energy efficiency, ecological raw materials and design meet in the House of the Future in Bremerhaven: sustainable construction runs fast there

Bremerhaven's House of the Future has photovoltaic panels on its roof and is powered by green energy (Photo: Deceuninck)
Bremerhaven's House of the Future has photovoltaic panels on its roof and is powered by green energy (Photo: Diana Hanke/Deceuninck)

La green economy also passes frombuilding. For the good of the planet, for the health of citizens and to deal with the energy crisis, our homes must in fact become more and more efficient. Green building, sustainable building, green architecture are many ways to understand aenvironmentally friendly architecture which combines comfort, sustainability and circular economy. There is no shortage of examples all over the world, the last of which is undoubtedly the case study of House of the Future a Bremerhaven, a German port city on the North Sea.

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Bremerhaven is a German city of 113.000 on the North Sea
Bremerhaven is a German city of nearly 113.000 inhabitants located on the North Sea coast, the only other city in the Land of Bremen other than the capital of the same name

The house of the future comes from Bremerhaven

Energy efficiency runs fast in Europe: the incessant research on materials and technological innovation meet the green economy and the highest quality standards connected to sustainable living. In a nutshell, these are precisely the peculiar characteristics of the Bremerhaven's House of the Future, one of the most recent examples of sustainable building in Europe.

In Osterstraße 10, on an area of ​​over 1200 square meters, a building has in fact seen the light from which 18 apartments have been created which, thanks to the construction techniques and materials used, have managed to obtain the prestigious DGNB Gold certification, the German Council for Sustainable Building. In a recent interview published in the German magazine Bis News, Guido Joos, the architect who designed and supervised the project for JPS Architekten, said: “As architects, we have a responsibility to help shape reality towards a better future thanks to our projects and ideas".

And the peculiarities of the Casa del Futuro are proof that the goal has been fully achieved.

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There are 18 apartments created in the House of the Future in Bremerhaven. Construction techniques, materials and fixtures have earned the condominium the GOLD certification of the DGNB, very stringent in terms of requirements (Photo: Diana Hanke/Deceuninck)
There are 18 apartments created in the House of the Future in Bremerhaven. Construction techniques, materials and fixtures have earned the condominium the GOLD certification of the DGNB, very stringent in terms of requirements (Photo: Diana Hanke/Deceuninck)

A house devoted to energy efficiency

Powered by green energy, the Bremerhaven's House of the Future is equipped with both a photovoltaic system located on the roof of the building that of a cogeneration plant, which recovers the dispersed energy to allocate it where it is needed. Thanks to the combination of these two aspects, the condominium is able to produce 26500 kW/h annually, part of which is also used for recharging electric cars at the condominium columns. Great attention was also paid to the central power supply via battery which, in the House of the Future, has twice the capacity of a conventional accumulator.

Energy efficiency, then, also means thermal insulation and virtuous behavior on the part of the inhabitants of the condominium themselves. If the building's coat (of between 20 and 26 cm) prevents heat dispersion in the winter and guarantees insulation in the summer, the tenants themselves will be able check your consumption household thanks to a console which, among other things, will also suggest when it is best to activate the appliances to make the batteries in the house more efficient.

As for the real ones building materials, in this case sustainability does not pass through wood. However, the JPS Architekten design studio did a lot of research on the raw material, so as to identify only the certified sustainable producers: from the concrete to the plasterboard and up to the nails, nothing has been left to chance. The need, in fact, was also that of fight against indoor pollution instead, to favor the quality of the air inside each apartment.

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Green walls and roofs are another example of sustainable construction used around the world to make buildings more efficient while combating the phenomenon of heat islands. (Photo: iStock)
Green walls and roofs are another example of sustainable construction used around the world to make buildings more efficient while combating heat islands (Photo: iStock)

Sustainability winks at design

La House of the Future it's certainly sustainable, but it's also beautiful to see. Just take a look at windows, which appear to be real full-height windows which aim to make the most of natural light inside homes. The fixtures, of course, are also sustainable: supplied by Deceuninck, as well as guaranteeing a excellent thermal insulation, are made with a very high percentage of recycled materials, so as to meet the requirement of the circularity of the economy and raw materials.

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The laminated wood that was used to build the Wood City buildings is fireproof, as it has been subjected to precise treatments. Furthermore, its surface is naturally less porous than traditional wood and, therefore, fires are much less likely to occur - Photo Stora Enso
The multi-layered wood that was used to construct the Wood City buildings is fireproof, as it has been subjected to precise treatments, and is also an extraordinary example of sustainable building (Photo: Stora Enso)

Sustainable construction is growing all over the world

THEsustainable building today it is not a habit, but a necessity. In fact, traditional building pollutes too much both in terms of materials and the inefficiency of buildings. Luckily industry statistics present us encouraging numbers. According to a US survey published on Environmental leader, in fact, green building is growing very fast: sector estimates speak of reaching a value of 187,4 dollars by 2026, with an annual increase rate of 8,6%. Echoing these numbers is also the scenario presented by World Green Building Council, according to which infrastructure and buildings aim at halve CO2030 emissions by 2, eliminating them completely by 2050. In short, traditional building seems almost a distant memory: proof of this are the many incentives which, on European soil, invite citizens and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of existing condominiums.

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La new ecological awareness, also triggered by the current climate and energy crisis, leads companies, industries and stakeholders to rethinking the future from a greener perspective, also within thebuilding. What can the individual do instead for spread a culture of greener living and sustainable? Rethinking homes, rethinking furnishings, reducing consumption and changing mobility from an ecological point of view is in fact a need that we all have to face in the shortest possible time.

Le infrastructure, even those housewives, can do a lot to protect the environment. Solid Earth, leader in the sector of sustainable flooring, now aims to conquer the private market as well. A ecological flooring, in fact, can do a lot in terms of environmental and soil protection. Let's think, for example, of the parking lots of houses or the walkable surfaces (pedestrian or vehicular) of villas or gardens. Using environmentally friendly, draining, permeable and recyclable materials allows you to achieve the goal of sustainability on several fronts: after all, the road to ecological transition also passes through the roads we travel on every day, even when we leave the house.

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The windows of the House of the Future in Bremerhaven are full-height, so as to make the houses brighter. The windows are energy efficient and are made by Deceuninck (Photo: Deceuninck)
The windows of the House of the Future in Bremerhaven are full-height, so as to make the houses brighter. The windows are energy efficient and are made by Deceuninck (Photo: Deceuninck)