Respect the environment and save money. This is the added value of 100K€ House, a low-cost housing project based on an idea by Bologna architect Mario Cucinella and on Italcementi research. The project focus is housing that cares not only for the environment but also for the family budget: a 100 sq.m house costing 100,000 euro, designed to combine energy savings and reduce financial outlay.A genuine bioclimatic system, the 100K€ House is entirely self-reliant as far as energy is concerned, thus reducing construction costs, financing and plant installations: photovoltaic panels produce sufficient energy for the occupants’ needs, and any surplus can be sold to the national power grid.The energy capabilities of the 100K€ House are the result of innovative materials developed by Italcementi.Researchers at the Group’s R&D center have devised a “system” of materials intended specifically for various uses, from building structures to curtain walls (internal/external), to provide the building with optimized solutions for energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. The “thermal cement” developed by Italcementi delivers the durability and strength of traditional cements, together with very low thermal conductivity, high steam permeability and appreciable thermal inertia, guaranteeing a comfortable climate all year round. In addition to its intrinsic characteristics, the cement is competitive over the entire life cycle: the aggregates in the concrete mix are obtained from recycled not raw materials, and thus have no impact on non-renewable resources.If the project focus is on environmental sustainability, aesthetics are an equally important consideration. The home is the intimate center of people’s daily lives, which is why the 100K€ House has been designed to cater for a wide and varied range of individual requirements and lifestyles. Its modular configuration can be personalized with a choice of elements, to translate housing needs and preferences into tailored spatial solutions.Non-standardized prefabrication, with lightweight structural elements and mobile fittings including sliding, curved walls and monoblock enclosure systems, permits personalization of the house’s external and internal appearance. An open approach that lets each user plan and build a home of their own.
Visit the Cement Museum set up by the Spanish subsidiary FYM in San Sebastian. It features significant architecture and building technology exhibitions.
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