Passive House Kurtatsch/South Tyrol

Herbert Gruber
Written by Herbert Gruber

The Passivaus by architects Margareta Schwarz (Italy) and Werner Schmidt (Switzerland) was the winner of the “Klimahaus 2003” award in the “A plus” category.

Key data

City:KurtatschCompletion:2003Type of Construction:infill constructionDesign/ArchitectureArch Margareta Schwarz (Italy) and Werner Schmidt (Switzerland)Straw Builder:Werner SchmidtPossibility to visit:NoPress photos:No
Photocredit:Atelier Werner Schmidt
Residential acreage:250m2U-Value (Wall):0,09W/m2KU-Value (Roof):0,08W/m2KHeating/Ventilation System:Solaranlage zur Warmwasseraufbereitung und zum Heizen (Restenergiebedarf). Holzofen mit Boileranlage als NotsystemCategories:Infill Construction, Projects Italy,
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The Passivaus by architects Margareta Schwarz (Italy) and Werner Schmidt (Switzerland) won the “Klimahaus 2003” award in the “A plus” category (best of the best, “A” for best energy index below 30 kWh, “plus” for building biology). A straw bale house that is not only aesthetic but also functional, economical and sustainable.


About the author

Herbert Gruber

Herbert Gruber

Herbert is author of the book "Neues Bauen mit Stroh in Europa" (New Building with Straw in Europe), head of the austrian strawbale network ASBN and partner in the Leonardo-project "STEP" (Strawbale Training for European Professionals) and the Erasmus project "BuildStraw Pro" (a project to get formal national recognition of the training) and "Make your City Smart". As a collector he documents European straw bale buildings since 1999 on his website (database, german), in lectures, workshops and books.