LILU’s House: the exception that should be the norm Two stories First story: a client calls me, the self-builder of a home with Passivhaus Plus certification and tells me: “Outside it’s – 4 ºC and inside we’re at 19.6 ºC, with no heating on.” Second story: a family calls me, recently installed in their newly …
LILU’s House: the exception that should be the norm
First story: a client calls me, the self-builder of a home with Passivhaus Plus certification and tells me: “Outside it’s – 4 ºC and inside we’re at 19.6 ºC, with no heating on.”
Second story: a family calls me, recently installed in their newly built home, and tells me: “We’re at our wits end… we’ve turned up the temperature of the underfloor heating to 51 ºC and we’re still cold! We have really high energy bills and we’re just not comfortable. Can you help us?”
Both homes have an energy performance certificate with an “A” rating. Why, in 2023, is the second story still happening? Why, after having made the biggest investment of their lives, with the expectation of living in a comfortable house with low energy bills, are there families going through what this family is experiencing? The second story is all too common. The first story is an exception, that should really be the norm.
LILU’s House: bioPassivhaus Plus
LILU’s House is the home referred to in the first story above, and it really works. It brings together, under one roof, an office, a home, and a research unit on timber construction. Developed by Pere Linares and Montserrat Lucas, the house has a treated floor area of 142 m2 distributed over two floors. Architect Oriol Martínez has created a modern and compact design with carefully designed and protected openings to maximize solar gain in winter and prevent overheating in summer.
The house has a mixed structure of light weight timber and CLT (cross laminated timber), where healthy materials with a low environmental impact have been prioritized. With a fully industrialized construction system that was prefabricated off-site, quality and precision have improved dramatically, with reduced on-site assembly times, less waste, less dust, less noise, and a lower carbon footprint.
LILU’s House aims to be a laboratory for the dissemination of knowledge about timber construction with biobased materials, certified to the Passivhaus standard.
The home is being monitored to evaluate it’s real-life performance, where data is being recorded on indoor CO2 concentration, air temperature, relative humidity, VOCs, energy consumption, and solar PV production. The house has a roof-integrated solar photovoltaic array with 126 photovoltaic tiles and a nominal power of 6 kWp. Each year, the building will produce, on average, 42% more energy than it consumes.
This is LILU’s House: an exception, which should really be the norm.