World’s largest passivhaus scheme uses Schöck
The picturesque German city of Heidelberg is residentially very popular, but has no room for expansion, and the spectacular solution is to build a completely new district – the Bahnstadt. The 286 acre area that was once Heidelberg’s rail freight yards sees a €2 billion initiative, claimed to be the largest passivhaus development anywhere. By 2022 it will provide living space for around 5000 residents and all buildings, not just residential properties, will meet advanced passivhaus standards.
Balconies are an important feature of the Bahnstadt residential apartments, but they have not always been a popular choice in the context of high efficiency passivhaus design. That has changed with the Schöck Isokorb type XT structural thermal break unit. This latest generation product for concrete-to-concrete applications offers such a high level of insulation that the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt has awarded it the “low thermal bridge construction” certificate, confirming its suitability for passivhaus construction. Thousands of type XT units are incorporated into the Bahnstadt development.
The units offer designers a variety of design options, including the capability to construct stepped height balconies, with increased fire protection also taken into account. The full Schöck Isokorb range allows connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel – and in the UK, all units meet full compliance with all relevant building regulations, while also providing BBA Certification and LABC Registration.
For your free copy of the new ‘Thermal Bridging Guide’ or the Schöck Specifiers Guide contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit www.schoeck.co.uk