Sustainable Energy Concept
After the birth of our son, we decided to live according to the mottoWe have not inherited the earth from our ancestors, we have only borrowed it from our childrenand embark on a new path.Sustainability was an important issue for us. For this reason we developed the concept of heating the building throughout the year (for the most part) with solar energy only. The main challenge in this undertaking: how do I store the energy? We looked into many alternatives. And, we thought of using an ‘‚insulated underground reservoir’ for the first time in Austria (Europe).In simple words – a huge hole was dug; this was insulated with a special 30 cm thick, thermal insulating board. Around 4,500 m of plastic pipes were laid inside to absorb the sun’s energy in summer and discharge it from the reservoir in winter. A new idea with many small technical features, maybe the storage technology for the future.The entire building was ‘efficiently’ insulated (energy rating A) and the windows have triple glazing. The roofs at the rear of the building form the two main solar surfaces. Solar panels with an adjustable slant were installed in the centre of the building.Rain water is collected and used to water the garden and all open spaces.ALLES ANDERS – every room has its own individual design. All furniture, all floors are different. Even every bathroom, every fitting is ‘design with a difference’. For us you are never just "a number", which is why our rooms do not have numbers. Room allocation is made on the basis of colours, ranging from white to black. Plenty of light, colour, natural building materials (wood, stone, etc.) are intended to make your stay in our new, uncomplicated house, a pleasant one.