Concept House Prototype 1

Concept House Prototype 1 is one of the SusLab 'Living Labs' and a partnership between Delft University of Technology and several companies from the building industry.

Prototype 1 is based in Concept House Village in Heijplaat, Rotterdam and was formally opened on October 5th 2012. On 17 November 2012 an opening was held with local residents of Heijplaat as part of the EU Open Days.

This Living Lab has been developed for the Dutch housing market in response to energy, environmental and engineering issues. It has been constructed in anticipation of the legal requirement for an EPC (building-related energy consumption) of 0.0 in 2020.

Integrated approach

An integrated research approach was chosen for the design of Prototype 1, to ensure the development of long-term practical and result-oriented solutions. Specialized knowledge from academia as well as from the building industry was combined to solve the complex design issues related to stacked housing.

The results of the research will be used to answer the question in what manner energy-neutral (EPC = 0.0) or energy-supplying stacked housing can be realized by 2020. The aim of Prototype 1 is to be energy-positive or close to energy neutral. The exact performance of the house, with living occupants and without occupants is measured in the coming years.

Prefabricated components

As a model plug and play stackable apartment unit, the entire structure of Concept House is prefabricated, yet two-dimensional, thus the design is flexible. The wet cell, being the bathroom and WCs are preferred with full installation and positioned in the center of the house to enable layouts. The entire house was put together in one day!

Sustainable living

In terms of sustainable living, the house 

  • has a triple -sewage systems (gray, yellow & black).
  • is ready for biogas production.
  • is built as wooden structure;
  • the wall insulation is made of recycled newspaper (cellulose).
  • The floor is made of wooden sandwich panels.
  • The roof is made of fully recycled Expanded Poly Styrene (EPS) and contains a floor like heating structure to cool the roof and collect heat to regenerate in the ground.
  • On top of this layer is bituminous roof paper followed by complete layer photo- voltaic made of multi layered amorphous silicon solar cells.
  • The house is heated via a heat pump and boiler with 150-liter capacity. A 130-meter hole in the ground enables heat exchange based on 12C ground water temperatures. The floor temperature is kept at a constant 26C, with a room temperature of 21C.
  • A facility for charging an electric car is being developed as well as solar energy storage and advanced mobile user interface with cloud computing to enable home energy management and remote and control of appliances.
  • A low-hot water method of bathing called Splash will be tested in November, whereby 55 liters are used for washing instead of typically 630 liters for a shower.
  • The house is fully furnished with C2C furniture and dishes. LED lighting with presence detectors is used to light the house. The carpet is C2C recycled nylon. The carpet backing is made of recycled polymer modified bitumen (PMB). 

* Read about living in this Living Lab

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