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Complex simulation experiment: intelligent family house in Pécs

The renovation of a house built in the seventies in Pécs was finished recently, turning it into Hungary’s first intelligent, plus-energy residential building, which is now operating in live trial mode. The transformation of the building designed by Prof. Dr. István Kistelegdi was preceded by a comprehensive simulation phase.

The original house from the seventies was modernized by extraordinary methods evoked by complex architectural philosophy. It took a long way and several years of research for the architect to develop a design method supported by simulations of building physics, which he patented under the name of Energy Design at the University of Pécs.

 

 

The method is applicable to new and old buildings as well, be them dwelling houses or bigger scale industrial buildings. The emphasis is on the “roadmap” which leads to the new building. This house was build in this spirit too. The three main principles of the renovation were: function, comfort and health.
The building received a fully new and dynamic roofing, rotated from its previous axis, now bearing solar panels on the eastern side. Natural light comes in through solar tunnels, which in summertime function as passive vent pipes. Walls are covered with wood wool, and the facades are coated with layers of Thermowood.

 

 

Low-tech elements too got integrated in the high-tech interior. The building in Pécs is not only outstanding for the philosophy of its renovation, but for the individually selected highest quality materials used in the building process. Now an „inhabited” test run is taking place, data is being collected and analysed with the help of the Siemens smart home automation system – it will reveal only after a whole year long period whether the complex structure redeems the expectations based on the simulations.

 

 

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