EFFICIENT IN EVERY DIMENSION
2226 sets new standards in cost, energy and space efficiency. Even just considering the costs, 2226 outperforms a standard building. Life cycle costs (50 years) are half the amount and yearly energy usage with 45 kWh/m² is less than a third of most buildings. Only a few square meters of a precious living area is sacrificed to home technology. The secret is in the software which is housed with very little hardware in a small server box. Further building blocks for a solid investment are traditional building methods with tried and tested building materials and flexibility of use. If the usage of the building has to be changed, space can be adapted easily.
Fresh Air In Every Room
Air quality is often inadequate in conventional buildings especially during winter when heating is required and in the summer when the air conditioner is in use. Residents and other occupants of a 2226 building can breathe untreated fresh air all year round. Temperature, humidity and air quality are naturally maintained within the comfort zone. Sensors register rising CO2 levels and windows open automatically even before the room gets stuffy. The structural mass and surface area of the massive walls equalises fluctuations in air humidity. Of course, it is always possible to open a window whenever you feel like it. The house doesn't determine a person's behaviour, a person's behaviour determines the house.
MORE DAYLIGHT DUE TO SMALLER WINDOW AREAS
The window surface area of a 2226 building is large yet somewhat smaller than is usual in houses today. More light is gained through clever placement and dimensioning of windows. Even at the height of summer, it isn't necessary to shade or use artificial lighting. 2226 lets in natural daylight without direct sunlight that may overheat the interior.
REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
LIVING AND WORKING WITHIN THE COMFORT ZONE
The world is becoming increasingly more complex and neither building developers nor end users are spared from this complexity. This has lead to building with ever-increasing technological efforts to save energy. Humans are even being viewed as disrupting elements, their behaviour practically being dictated to or at the least inhibited by home technology. Enter the ingeniously simple alternative design 2226.This house is built around the needs of people, developed with the elementary tools of architecture. 2226 manages without heating, without ventilation and without cooling. High-quality minimal technology will take investors, developers and users back into their comfort zone. 22 – 26°C is exactly the temperature that most people find comfortable. Houses such as the 2226 office building in Lustenau (A) are maintained at this temperature during the whole year without wasting energy on heating or cooling.