Submitted by: Gemeinde Schwarzach
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Schwarzach serves as harbinger in sustainable construction

Schwarzach (province of Vorarlberg, Austria) has committed itself to sustainability as an e5 community. The town’s building yard is one of few Vorarlberg municipal buildings that was constructed strictly in accordance with ecological criteria and so more than sets an example for the citizens. Completed in July 2007, the building-in-a-building design gave the existing building the function of weather protection. Various improvements in insulation produced a heating requirement of less than 50 kWh/m². The choice of construction materials emphasized renewable resources such as cellulose and loam sheets. The heating requirement is met by a pellets system and hot water is provided by a 5 m² solar panel on the roof.

Category: Fire