ClimateHouse is a term developed to describe energy-saving constructions and dynamic living. If a building is classified as a ClimateHouse it is determined by its energy saving category rather than architectural style, which means that both wooden and traditional houses made of bricks can be classified as ClimateHouses.
A special calculation system is used to determine a building’s energy requirement.
The positive image associated with ClimateHouse has inspired increasing numbers of builders to move in this direction.
There are three classes of ClimateHouse: Gold, A and B. The “+” symbol associated to the energy classes indicates that the building was built exclusively using biocompatible materials.
ClimateHouse Gold has the best energy efficiency with a heating energy requirement of 10 kWh/ per metre squared per year. It only uses one litre of fuel for every square metre of living space.
Houses with a heating energy requirement of 30 kWh per metre squared per year as classified as ClimateHouse A; i.e. they use three litres of fuel or three cubic metres of methane. The same goes for ClimateHouse B, given that they have a heating energy requirement of 50 kWh per metre squared per year they are classified as 5 litre or 5mq3 houses.
Traditional energy efficient houses are becoming increasingly popular, thanks mainly to recent regulations, but clearly show that it is not possible to build well at bargain prices.
Insulated walls and roofs, windows and doors with low emissivity glass and the elimination of thermal bridges are expensive and sophisticated technical solutions that require adequate skills and budget.
In the same way super economic wooden houses do not cost a lot to buy but do have particular thermal characteristics.
Prefabricated wooden houses supplied by companies in the sector are buildings with absolute energy efficiency using natural, high quality materials at competitive prices in particular if you compare them to modern buildings made of bricks.
Some numbers? The average price for prefabricated houses range from 1,200 to 1,400 €/m₂, turnkey, while for traditional buildings the cost increases to 1,400 – 1,600 €/m₂.
The prices are clearly not so different but you must add the many benefits of wooden houses like certain costs and construction times that can allow for better construction planning.