Gallery: Silvervillan is a Low-Impact & Low-Energy Home in Sweden

 
Natural daylighting makes the home open and bright while the ventilation system is designed for those with asthma and allergies.

Silvervillan is located in Skilleby, Järna, Sweden, which is considered to be a very sustainable region due to its organic farms and local production of bread, cheese, and fruit juices. The owners also wanted to ensure that their home was low-impact to they contracted Sjöberg & Thermé to design and build a home with a high performance envelope that would minimize heat loss and heat gain. The house is built with 2 separate construction frames for the walls. 45 cm cellulose insulation in the walls and 60 cm insulation in the ceiling/roof gives the home a U-value under 0.1.

The home features an open floor plan living/dining/kitchen area on the ground floor with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. The upstairs loft has a play room and another living room. Natural daylighting makes the home open and bright, while the ventilation system is designed for those with asthma and allergies. A solar hot water heating system on the south side of the house provides domestic hot water. With the tight envelope and energy-efficient systems inside, the house only uses 6,500 kWh/yr. Compare this figure to the US average of 11,496 kWh/yr and the savings are clear.

+ Sjöberg & Thermé

Via ArchDaily

Images ©Erik Olsson

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  1. captain ticktock May 24, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Mounting the solar hot water on the end wall gets around the fact that the sloping roof is east-west, but as this is a new house why didn’t they put a sloping roof to the south?

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