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PLAYING AND LEARNING IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

High quality of living

Building for children is always a challenge. And the same is true when it comes to fulfilling strict requirements for sustainable and economic running costs. The day care centre in Heidenau, Germany meets all these criteria – thanks to the e4 concept: economy, energy, ecology and emotion.
Building: Day Care Centre
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Building: Day Care Centre
© Zwickert
Building: Day Care Centre
© Zwickert
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Building: Day Care Centre
© Zwickert

PLAYING AND LEARNING IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

High quality of living

Building for children is always a challenge. And the same is true when it comes to fulfilling strict requirements for sustainable and economic running costs. The day care centre in Heidenau, Germany meets all these criteria – thanks to the e4 concept: economy, energy, ecology and emotion.

Children need a place to feel safe and relaxed in order to develop their full potential. This colourful day care centre invites them in, to play and learn without hesitation. But it is not just the appearance that is well thought out: energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, affordable construction, and maintenance costs, as well as a unique quality of living, were all taken into consideration as part of the project.

Building: Day Care Centre
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Design and function combined

The single-storey building is a curved shape, made with monolithic construction with integrated insulation. Thanks to the perlite filling, no additional insulation is needed. An organic building shape appeals to the eye, and a generously glazed south façade with a landscaped roof completes the design. But the day care centre is more than just a visual highlight, it combines functionality and creativity, energy efficiency and well-being and, on top of all that, it also saves operating costs.

Building: Day Care Centre
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Optimal energy consumption

Notable energy savings are achieved through careful planning, the choice of building materials suitable for passive houses, and highly efficient ventilation technology with heat recovery. The massive masonry, built from insulation-filled clay blocks, provides the healthy, airtight, and simultaneously breathable, basis of the building. Wall heating in all communal rooms ensures an especially mild radiant heat and, together with the clay blocks, a healthy and biologically optimal indoor climate.

Building: Day Care Centre
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Facts & Figures
  • Project name
    Day care centre Heidenau, Germany
  • Architect
    Architectural partnership Reiter & Rentzsch
  • Used products

    Poroton-T8-P filled with Perlit

  • Year of completion
    2008
WB Poroton T7 Wienerberger

Wall

Poroton T8 – Germany