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Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

by , 09/11/13



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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.

+ Pierluigi Bonomo

Via Treehugger, Gizmag

Photos © Pierluigi Bonomo

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