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leoben’s energy efficient “mineroom” is a role model for future building PROJECTS

4 May 2018

Construction of the student dormitory “mineroom” commenced in late 2015 with the building officially opening in October 2016.  Since then, the low energy building has received multiple prizes, award nominations and exceptionally high praise. 

The student dormitory “mineroom” is a shining example of the innovative ideas and sustainable solutions that our world so desperately needs.  In October 2017, “mineroom” was announced winner of the Styria 2017 Timber Construction Award in the category ‘multi-storey residential buildings’.  At present, it is the world’s largest dormitory to be constructed out of timber and as a ‘Passive House’. 

‘Passive House’ is a design concept and construction standard which combines energy efficiency, comfort, affordability and sustainability in a given building.  The passive design and construction concept reduces the need for additional cooling and heating mechanisms by utilizing the climate to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors, thus resulting in low-energy buildings with a substantially reduced ecological footprint.

In February 2017, "mineroom” received 926 out of 1,000 ‘climate-active’ points (klimaaktiv-Punkte) from the then Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (now Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism).  “Mineroom” was thereby awarded “klimaaktiv Gold”, the highest award for energy efficient construction.

The architectural firm aap.architekten designed and successfully created this sustainable and ecologically friendly building with the help of their partners, Swietelsky Baugesellschaft und Weissenseer Holz-System-Bau (general contractor), Schöberl & Pöll GmbH (construction physics), BPS Engineering (building services), KP ZT Tragwerksplanung (statistics), Bokeh Designstudio (renderings) and J.Konstantinov (photos).

The housing complex is home to around 200 international students and occupies a space of approximately 6,000 square metres.  It is located just 10 minutes away from the city centre, 5 minutes to the shops and a mere 10 minute bike ride from Montanuniversity in Leoben.

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4 May 2018