passive house ´FUV´


photo by Cesar San Millán

This year the construction of ´casa FUV´ has begun.

It will be an sustainable house that will almost achieve zero carbon emissions.

Its SAP energy efficiency rating will be a high level A.

CO2 emissions will be limited to 2.6 kgCO2/ m2.

The maximum heating demand will be 15,13 kWh/m2 per year.

The house itself produces electricity and stores it using a set of batteries for autoconsumption.

It uses an interesting solar shading system in the summer and possesses geothermal pumps for passive cooling through underfloor heating in the summer.

We intend to use the house as an experiment which will be studied in its construction and later in its use by the occupants.

It also allows natural cross ventilation with ample landscaping and small pools of water.

Some of the techniques studied will be able to transfer to other designs such as commercial and office buildings.

Location and year of Project:Armentia, Vitoria-Gasteiz Julio 2010
Project Director:Ramón Ruiz-Cuevas Peña.
Senior Architects: Mark Beston.
Client:Private