Most of the houses destroyed in the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake in Northern Italy have been rebuilt with cross-laminated timber (CLT) - a highly popular earthquake-resistant material in Italy. Spotted over on Treehugger, the passive Energy Box house designed by Pierluigi Bonomo replaces a brick home damaged in the earthquake. Using sustainable materials and new green technology, Bonomo built a new home inside the existing one, giving the owners a super efficient dwelling that feels brand new.
Pierluigi Bonomo used CLT to replace the damaged brick house. He built a box inside the remnants of the previous house, creating a “new home” for the inhabitants. The passivhaus principles are combined with new technologies such as photovoltaics to minimize the building’s carbon footprint and provide optimal living conditions for the owners.
The 300-square-meter Energy Box features a living room, three bedrooms, bathroom, one additional room and a garage. Although the house was not designed to function completely off-grid, its energy requirements and carbon footprint are minimal. The southeast façade incorporates a special solar thermal hot water system with heat pump and rainwater storage and the house also boasts a mechanical ventilation system. In addition to the CLT, the design team used wood, gypsum, wood fiber, reclaimed steel and stone found on the site. The house was completed earlier this year.
Photos © Pierluigi Bonomo