Submitted by: Gemeinde Altach
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Community center in Altach, Austria

The e5 town of Altach in western Austria set the goal of creating space for community activities, education and culture while simultaneously protecting the environment. The multifunctional community center is due for completion by the end of 2010. The planned photovoltaic and thermal solar systems are promising, and the building shell meets passive house standards. A biomass plant will supply heating, while energy demand is controlled through ventilation with heat recovery and CO2 sensors, automation of blinds, and automation of lighting via brightness sensors. The building rests up to 1.2 meters in ground water on posts; the water is used for cooling the building. The raw structure will be completed in October 2009.

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