Klima House Site Visit Report

Sustainable design class visiting the exposition
Sustainable design class visiting the exposition

 Article written by Tori Tschopp – Sustainable Design – Fall 2009

The field trip to the Klima House exhibit in Bastia was interesting because it brought to my attention for the first time in detail, the kind of problems we face in home building and sustainability. While we have discussed the issues of sustainability and our environmental crisis on a global scale, this exhibition pointed out specific issues to be tackled in the home design sector. As both a consumer and an Interior Design student I think it is important to be aware of current problems facing designers and architects and their most current solutions. In this way we can be better prepared to make smarter choices in what we buy and what we chose for our designs. More importantly still, we can begin to make a contribution to society and the industry by starting to develop new ideas for these solutions and well as was to improve the current technologies. Attending trade shows such as the Klima House exhibit seems to be a good way to increase this awareness. There were quite a few companies in attendance, but the technologies seemed to circle around solving the same problems, insulation, heating, and solar energy. Some of the companies were selling very similar ideas but had their own corner of the market. For example there were two fireplace companies that relied on quickly heating soapstone, which is a natural material that releases heat slowly while other companies were tackling the heating problem with heated floors. Solar panels were also used for heating systems. Insulation was a popular topic, natural fibers such as wood pulp and wool were displayed as alternatives to environmentally detrimental foams and other manmade materials. These

natural materials benefited both the consumer and the environment by effectively saving energy, while at the same time discouraging the use of non-degradable and non-renewable materials such as foam. Triple glazed and insulated window frames are another popular choice as an energy saving tactic. The field trip focused a great deal on architectural elements. It was a good introduction to the kind of technology developments that can lead to more efficient and eco friendly home building.

"Insulating Jacket" fixed to existing homes. Created insulation that is not already carried out through the existing structure of the home. For example, older homes that were not built with sustainable methods of heating, cooling, and insulation. Jacket consits of layer of insulating foam (or soft, dense material) then coated with plaster.
“Insulating Jacket” fixed to existing homes. Created insulation that is not already carried out through the existing structure of the home. For example, older homes that were not built with sustainable methods of heating, cooling, and insulation. Jacket consits of layer of insulating foam (or soft, dense material) then coated with plaster. Jeni Champion
Klima House Visit-2
Study of a system for insulating bricks. Bricks as a building material are not the best for insulation. These bricks are "stuffed" with materials such aswood fibers, cork, etc..that trap heat and energy. This may make bricks more useful as a sustainable building material. Jeni Champion
Study of a system for insulating bricks. Bricks as a building material are not the best for insulation. These bricks are "stuffed" with materials such aswood fibers, cork, etc..that trap heat and energy. This may make bricks more useful as a sustainable building material. Jeni Champion

 

Method of insulation using inflated materials which trap bubbles of air and radiate infrared light. The layer of Aluminum reflects heat back up and the inflated minerals stop heat from transferring down. Jeni Champion
Method of insulation using inflated materials which trap bubbles of air and radiate infrared light. The layer of Aluminum reflects heat back up and the inflated minerals stop heat from transferring down. Jeni Champion

 

Eurotherm- Radiant Comfort Systems "Ecoplus System: The ecoplus system boasts completely environmentally friendly insulating materials. Ecoplus insulating panels provide good thermal insulation as they are only made of wood. The clip support plate has the same structural features as the ecoplus panel, but with greater density; together, they provide an impact noise reduction of approx. 28 dB according to UNI EN 12354-2." "Eurotop System: This system offers not only excellent energy efficiency, by maximizing system output and providing very good insulation beneath using polyurethane with double layer of aluminium, but also excellent sound insulation. The lower surface of the panel consists of a 3 mm layer of cork and rubber; thanks to the sound insulating properties of these materials, the panel provides an impact noise reduction of approx. 24 dB (UNI EN 12354-2)." Source: http://www.eurotherm.info/site/en/ This system for flooring uses a heat condensing gas that runs through the pipes which are fixed to the flooring; this created the radiation of heat.. The section of flooring shown with the wooden base is the Ecoplus Sytem, the other sections are the Eurotop Systems.  Jeni Champion
Eurotherm- Radiant Comfort Systems "Ecoplus System: The ecoplus system boasts completely environmentally friendly insulating materials. Ecoplus insulating panels provide good thermal insulation as they are only made of wood. The clip support plate has the same structural features as the ecoplus panel, but with greater density; together, they provide an impact noise reduction of approx. 28 dB according to UNI EN 12354-2." "Eurotop System: This system offers not only excellent energy efficiency, by maximizing system output and providing very good insulation beneath using polyurethane with double layer of aluminium, but also excellent sound insulation. The lower surface of the panel consists of a 3 mm layer of cork and rubber; thanks to the sound insulating properties of these materials, the panel provides an impact noise reduction of approx. 24 dB (UNI EN 12354-2)." Source: http://www.eurotherm.info/site/en/ This system for flooring uses a heat condensing gas that runs through the pipes which are fixed to the flooring; this created the radiation of heat.. The section of flooring shown with the wooden base is the Ecoplus Sytem, the other sections are the Eurotop Systems. Jeni Champion

 

StoTherm External Wall Insulation: "Active environmental protection for facades: Sto products make a clear contribution towards improving the quality of the environment. StoTherm external wall insulation systems and the StoVentec rainscreen cladding system are extremely energy efficient, cutting heating requirements, thereby reducing CO² emissions. These systems represent the contribution Sto is making towards active environmental protection through reducing air pollution and improving the global climate." "StoTherm Classic: The original cement-free external wall insulation system. An external wall insulation system with EPS board and entirely cement-free components, providing up to 10 times more impact resistance than a cementitious system. Suitable for application up to 18m." The System consists of 4 layers:  1. A cement-free adhesive. 2. Expanded polystyrene insulation board. 3. Flexible, cement free reinforcing coat with a non-degradable glass fibre mesh embedded during application. Together, the reinforcing coat and mesh provide up to 15 times the crack resistance of conventional cement-based renders. 4.Sto weather resistant synthetic render finish. Source: http://www.sto.co.uk/evo/web/sto/18677_EN-.htm The StoClassic External Insulation System is just one of the systems that Sto has created. They also have various systems and products for facades, interiors, and acoustics.  Jeni Champion
StoTherm External Wall Insulation: "Active environmental protection for facades: Sto products make a clear contribution towards improving the quality of the environment. StoTherm external wall insulation systems and the StoVentec rainscreen cladding system are extremely energy efficient, cutting heating requirements, thereby reducing CO² emissions. These systems represent the contribution Sto is making towards active environmental protection through reducing air pollution and improving the global climate." "StoTherm Classic: The original cement-free external wall insulation system. An external wall insulation system with EPS board and entirely cement-free components, providing up to 10 times more impact resistance than a cementitious system. Suitable for application up to 18m." The System consists of 4 layers: 1. A cement-free adhesive. 2. Expanded polystyrene insulation board. 3. Flexible, cement free reinforcing coat with a non-degradable glass fibre mesh embedded during application. Together, the reinforcing coat and mesh provide up to 15 times the crack resistance of conventional cement-based renders. 4.Sto weather resistant synthetic render finish. Source: http://www.sto.co.uk/evo/web/sto/18677_EN-.htm The StoClassic External Insulation System is just one of the systems that Sto has created. They also have various systems and products for facades, interiors, and acoustics. Jeni Champion

 

Reinverbund. Natura Abero Casa. Soligno. Elements Wall RVH Wall elements SOLIGNANO ® designed asblocks multilayer autopartanti" "An innovative system for the production of structural elements for walls, which makes the most of the properties of durability and natural wood. Each individual layer is composed of plates in solid rectangular tiled vertically jointed comb. The different layers are in turn connected together by wooden dowels in jointed dovetail. The layers can be made with different woods with the outer side to free choice." Ceiling elements RVH Our wooden floors SOLIGNANO ® are made with the same principle as the walls. -Absence of glue and nails -Insulation constant even in case of variation of moisture content of wood (Thermo-acoustic) -Excellent characteristics of deformability
Reinverbund. Natura Abero Casa. Soligno. Elements Wall RVH Wall elements SOLIGNANO ® designed asblocks multilayer autopartanti" "An innovative system for the production of structural elements for walls, which makes the most of the properties of durability and natural wood. Each individual layer is composed of plates in solid rectangular tiled vertically jointed comb. The different layers are in turn connected together by wooden dowels in jointed dovetail. The layers can be made with different woods with the outer side to free choice." Ceiling elements RVH Our wooden floors SOLIGNANO ® are made with the same principle as the walls. -Absence of glue and nails -Insulation constant even in case of variation of moisture content of wood (Thermo-acoustic) -Excellent characteristics of deformability

 

Klima House Visit-9
Soligno System: "The new system of construction SOLIGNANO hardwood walls and floors, known to experts in the field with the initials RHV (Reinverbundholz) system is the absolute most natural and ecological construction in solid wood. In the production completely apart from the use of adhesives and iron parts. The massive RVH elements present, with the new layering technique used, unique, excellent static properties in terms of stability and excellent sound insulating properties and termoequilibranti. These features, together with the advantages of solid wood, make wooden component SOLIGNANO the most natural in the field of systems and systems-wall-ceiling. One more reason to choose a CasaClima wood." Soruce: http://www.soligno.com/it/innovazione/colla-e-chiodi-addio.html Jeni Champion