Modern brick residential house

Modern brick residential house: brick

Photo: UNIPOR, Munich

In Hösbach-Rottenberg near Aschaffenburg is a residential house, which not only by design, but also impresses with functionality. The goal of the architect Sabine Englert, was to make the sun in the house at any time of the day. It has large windows, which not only guarantee a high degree of light, but also achieve passive solar energy gains in conjunction with the brickwork, thereby reducing heating requirements.

The uni-pore S-class bricks used on the exterior and interior walls provide an excellent heat storage due to their solid nature. In addition, it protects the interiors by temporary storage of solar heat before summer overheating. In combination with a thermal insulation composite system (EIFS) ensures a year-round energy-saving climate protection in this way.

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The house falls in particular due to its unusual ground plan shape and the virtually seamless transition of the facades in the roof areas. The building, which consists of three building wings with an obliquely bent wing, encloses on three sides a trapezoidal shaped inner courtyard. It opens on the free side to the surrounding landscape and at the same time, as a used terrace, creates the desired flowing transition between residential and landscape space.

Aerodynamic roof architecture

The roof is characterized by slightly sloping roof surfaces and missing roof overhangs deliberately designed as a visually and functionally integrated part of the house. Due to the low inclination of the roof, it is not necessary to install fittings in the zinc sheet covering, such as roof windows, for reasons such as damp and climate protection. The decisive reason for the chosen aerodynamic combination of console and hipped roofs is their simultaneously opening and shielding function: The aversions of the roof surfaces to the inner courtyard allow the sun to be as freely exposed as possible to the terrace. In addition, they protect you as a slope by the rising northwest side of the building from wind.

Room for living and well-being

Modern brick residential house: house

Photo: UNIPOR, Munich

The kitchen is as central communication point without separating walls connected directly to the dining and living area in the bent building wing. The adjoining pantry is used as an extension of the kitchen.

The children's room in the northwest wing has its own bathroom and a room-high window to the terrace. This allows a corner glazing through a Panoramic view in the nature reserve adjacent to the property.

The upper floor is through the light-flooded gallery embossed. In addition to its function as a link between the wings of the building, it should be a place of rest and relaxation. In the access to the master bedroom, the gallery opens up over the entire width of the grand piano, thus providing sufficient space for use as a reading and fitness area. The adjoining bedroom with adjoining dressing room as well as the office and studio space in the opposite northwest wing have a very lively-looking spatial atmosphere due to the sloping ceilings.

Consistently pleasant room temperatures

Modern brick residential house: house

Photo: UNIPOR, Munich

Structural thermal protection relies on the combination of a 24-centimeter-thick masonry block made of block perforated bricks from Unipor and a 12-centimeter thick thermal insulation composite system made from mineral fiber boards. This is with a the useful area optimizing slim outer wall a heating energy-saving heat transfer value of 0.26 W / m²K ensured - and at a very economical price. Another advantage of the masonry is its good heat storage capacity due to the solid nature of a Unipor brick. Like the high proportion of glazing in the façade, it forms the basis for passive solar energy gains.

These high yields Reduce the heating energy requirement in a cost and environmentally friendly way and are an important part of the energy saving concept. The heat storage capacity also benefits the summer heat insulation of the residential building. Thanks to the intermediate storage of solar heat, compliance with the permissible limit values ​​for room temperature according to DIN 4108-2 does not require elaborate sun protection and ventilation equipment. Because in the summer, stored heat from the brickwork during the day is given off to the interior rooms with a time delay during the cooler evening hours.

No moisture penetration through condensation

Modern brick residential house: house

Photo: UNIPOR, Munich

When using thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS), the brick masonry contributes to a high-quality exterior wall solution from a building physics point of view: It protects the ETICS, for example safe from moisture. Because with an additional insulation, the dew point is usually within the insulating layer.

Dew water can penetrate into the insulation and thus reduce its thermal protection. A wall-building material with high diffusibility - such as the unipor brick used - is advantageous in this regard: Bricks dry out very quickly and the diffusion prevents condensation from moistening the insulation layer.

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