Passive houses get go ahead

Winning proposal for passive houses awarded planning permission

Kjellgren Kaminsky’s winning proposal for four passive houses in Malmö, Sweden has been awarded planning permission. The competition was organised by the city for the last vacant site in the Bo01 housing exhibition area in the western harbour. The houses will be built by Höllviksnäs Förvaltnings AB.

In addition to being passive houses, the buildings will also include a number of further measures to ensure ecological sustainability. All homes will be equipped with solar panels. They will have exterior venetian blinds which will allow winter sun to enter the building while the summer sun is reduced. Environmentally friendly building materials will be widely used; for instance all wood is FSC certified. All appliances are A rated for minimum energy consumption. All taps are designed for minimal water consumption. Inhabitants will be offered green electricity.

In order to give each house its own character they each have different cladding materials; plaster, fibre cement boards and wood. Aluzink is used for the roof. There will be flower boxes of white perforated metal in selected windows, for instance in bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. All windows and doors will have a thin frame made out of different materials for each house. Recycled materials keep prices lower and are environmentally friendly. The entrance, laundry and kitchen floors are made of recycled terracotta. In the living room and dining rooms, the floors are made of rustic resistant whitewashed pine. The staircase between the floors is in brushed pine.

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