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The challenge of designing an E4 House, coming up with personalised ideas and design to enhance the 4 main concepts: Energy efficiency, Environment, Emotion &health, Economy.

Energy efficiency refers to the minimization of energy consumption through design, seeking ways to use innovative heating and edge building technologies in order to become a referenced NZEB. Environment. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the use of environmentally friendly renewable energy sources such as sun, geothermal heat or biomass. Emotion & health. The house seeks to achieve that unique quality of living and explores ways to ensure a healthy room climate using as much as possible the natural building material of clay products. Economy. Last but not least, we obtained an affordable house and maintenance costs in order to prove that it is possible to have an attractive and affordable NZEB.

The E4 House concept follows the subsequent development of the major energy efficient building design methods but at the same time pays attention to the cultural background and the regional adaptation of the layout to each context. In architectural terms, the main elements that are crucial to the building’s energy-efficiency are also the most powerful visual characteristics - in particular the components of the buildings envelope. And these elements are also the main factors that bear the marks of tradition and culture, represented by the urban rules and the site context. Based on this, the project focused on the contemporary approach of the pitched roof - covered with ceramic tiles, of the massive brick walls and terraces - possible to have ceramic finishes, of the windows typology and the balance of textures and colours, both for exterior and interior.

The challenge of designing an E4 House, coming up with personalised ideas and design to enhance the 4 main concepts: Energy efficiency, Environment, Emotion &health, Economy.Energy efficiency refers to the minimization of energy consumption (...)

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