This new energy-efficient home was built off the Atlantic Coast of France to exhibit the character of the Gaia Charter: “Let architecture grow out of the site and be unique”. The home, named the Bioclimatic House, was designed by French Architect Patrice Bideau as an energy-efficient holiday home for a site in Baden, France. The owners chose to build a home that was low in energy consumption in order to adapt to their new life in the Gulf of Morbihan, and the architects succeeded with a low-impact home that reflects its natural surroundings.
The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French regulations. Therefore, the owners decided to build a new energy-efficient house using ecologically sound building materials. The new home was constructed from wood and concrete framework with breeze-block partitions covered in plaster. This construction combined with rock wool insulation help to create a very tight thermal envelope.
The interiors of the Bioclimatic House are simple in design and feature warm wood finishes. Exposed ceiling joists and other framing add to the dynamic interior of the home. Large windows allow for adequate daylighting, which enabled the design team to install a thermodynamic water heater. Fluid-filled radiators supply back-up heating throughout the house and help to limit the home’s yearly energy consumption.
The Bioclimate House stands proud at the highest point on the site. It exemplifies simple new construction techniques that cold be used for any residential construction project. The south-facing facades of the home offer views of the Gulf that help to embellish the co-existence of smart, eco-friendly design with luxurious living.