A house for travelers

Location: Godič near Kamnik, Slovenia
Client: private
Status: completed 2011
Type: single family house
Contractor: Lumar
Photography: Miran Kambič, Matej Gašperič

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A house for travelers

A family invests every possible moment into a VW-hippie-van-style travels, feeling at home everywhere. On a small plot of land they envisioned a perfect base camp: a small house, a tool for high quality life with sustainability as a key baseline in the widest meaning.
At first glance, a House XS expresses its sustainable concept with its small, optimized and highly functional floor plan and compact shape. Orientation and shading has been taken into account at the early planning stage in order to maximize passive heating during the winter and to prevent it to overheat during the summer time. As the main construction elements, Lumar’s energy efficient wooden construction prefabricated walls with wood fiber thermo insulation have been used.
For the doors and windows frames, the wood has been used as well.
During the winter time, highly efficient air-water heating pump is used as a main heating source and is complemented with a romantic fireplace. Fresh air is provided via recuperated ventilation system. Rain water, which is collected in 8.000 liters tank, is used for toilets and gardening.
All that makes House XS, not only sustainable by size, absolute and relative energy consumption and price, but also support a sustainable life style for its inhabitants and proves to be pleasant to live in.

Sustainability Concepts of Energy Efficient Single Family Houses (2016)

Fact sheet:
usable surface 115 m2
site 427 m2
construction time 6 months
wooden construction
low energy consumption – PHPP: 24,2 kWh/(m2a)
heat pump air-water
air recuperation