Construction of innovative and affordable home in Helmond has started

In the Helmond neighbourhood of Brandevoort, student team Team CASA, together with housing corporation Woonbedrijf and construction company Hurks, is building three fully sustainable homes. The houses will be built in the brand new ‘Brainport Smart District’ that, with the latest insights and techniques, is to become the smartest district in the world. With a mix of new and existing techniques, the students are able to guarantee sustainability in the field of energy consumption, as well as in the choice of building materials and the construction process itself. The project will be completed in the spring of 2021.

Construction of their sustainable homes will start on December 16, and will be completed in the spring of 2021. The team is building three houses: 1 one-bedroom apartment and 2 studios. Woonbedrijf, a housing association in Eindhoven, owns the homes and rents them out to people with a limited budget. Hurks construction company is responsible for the realization of the houses.

We want to accomplish this because the current housing industry is responsible for the 30% of the national waste in The Netherlands, and nearly the 40% of its CO2 emissions. This numbers must change as soon as possible if we want, for example, meet the Paris agreement.

However, this is not about meeting agreements, but about making this world a better place, or at least saving it from becoming a worse one.

With CASA 1.0 we want to show that a more sustainable living is possible, being affordable as well as comfortable. We will show that it is possible to build a house using only biodegradable or recyclable materials, and even make it energy efficient by generating and storing energy.

Last but not least, we want to show that the technology to make this happen is already created, and if a team of students can make it, what can an expert group do? Or what about an entire society?

Better than a zero-on-the-meter house

The students not only designed a zero-on-the-meter house, but take it a step further. Zero-on-the-meter houses cause a peak load on the grid, with a lot of surplus energy in the summer and a shortage in the winter. There will therefore be a large water tank, which will store the surplus energy in the summer for use in the winter. The energy for the house comes from an energy roof, which combines a solar panel and solar boiler and therefore generates both electricity and heat.

The electrical network in the home consists of a combination of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC), and thus prevents waste during conversion. The water management is also special: rainwater is collected to flush the toilet.

In the choice of building materials and the construction process itself, Team CASA also strives for sustainable solutions. For example, the house consists of modular units that do not require “glue” during assembly. This guarantees sustainable demolition with reuse of materials and makes renovations easier and cheaper. Furthermore, the students deliberately do not use concrete because of the negative impact of this material on the environment. The construction technique “Slimbouwen” will reduce material consumption and waste and, moreover, reduces construction errors and high CO2 emissions. This is done by dividing up the various disciplines, such as construction and installation technology. In CASA 1.0, for example, all installations are placed in the core of the house: easier to install and maintain.

Investing in young people

“People with a small wallet should also be able to live in a sustainable home. That is why we are very interested in these innovative techniques and applications,” says Ingrid de Boer, managing director of Woonbedrijf. “CASA 1.0 is the first of its kind and we will monitor these new techniques. We want to learn from it and see whether we can apply it more widely within the social rental sector. And whether a development like this on a larger scale is possible. ”

As a founding partner, Hurks has invested in this project from the start of Team CASA. By working closely with the student team, exchanging specialist construction knowledge and experience and sponsoring materials and hours, Hurks helps to realize Team CASA’s ambitions and to arrive at a feasible and feasible concept. For example when drawing up the technical description; a translation of CASA’s ambitions into daily construction practice. Hurks also provides technical engineering from the building applications. As the main contractor of the CASA 1.0 project, Hurks acts as a connector for other construction partners and suppliers. Inge Schipper, Hurks Preparation Director: “Our motivation: by investing in young people and innovation, we underline our confidence in a sustainable future.”


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