Our concern for the environment has always been key for us, that is why we have strongly promoted recycling, both materials and furniture, which helped us to keep alive the soul of the projects. In the gardens we create for example, we use native plants, to ensure low maintenance and respect the essence of the area.
Moreover, we are now focusing on rebuilding houses into bioclimatic standards with our exclusive mediterranean development company: Bataille Living. Ca La Pinada is a good example, since it has been designed following the guidelines of the Passivhaus, also known as passive house, a concept created in Germany in 1991, which focuses on creating comfort and reducing energy consumption through materials, insulation and orientation, among others.
Ca La Siesta will be the first house in Jávea certified as a Passive House.
Passivhaus is encompassed within the so-called NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings) or buildings with almost zero consumption, which are the present and the future of the building sector and a great challenge for construction worldwide.
In a pioneering way and anticipating this context of climatic urgency, in 1996 the Passivhaus Institut was founded in Darmstadt (Germany) to promote, research and define the Passivhaus standards. Since then, it has become one of the most relevant certificates for quality control in construction, as it guarantees high comfort, energy efficiency, and profitable and sustainable consumption in homes.
With this building standard, very high levels of comfort are assured inside the house all year long, no matter the season. Moreover, with an energy saving of around 75% compared to a conventional built house, it is considered a profitable investment in the medium and mostly long term.
In addition, due to the high number of controls in order to get the Passivhaus Certification, rigor and quality are essential both in the design and construction phase, developing homes of the highest condition and durability.
Nowadays, while facing the huge problem of global warming, this concept is key to the sustainability of the planet, as it reduces CO2 emissions to the maximum.
The combination of a highly insulated structure (without thermal bridges), a studied hermeticity and a controlled ventilation, are the formula for passive houses and allow us to save money on the energy bill. Above all, it offers us: comfort, because we need very little air conditioning to be in a nice temperature; health, as we have very low co2 levels, almost like if we were on the outside; and finally, filtered air, reducing pollen, allergens and other substances that can affect us.
Furthermore, if we add to the passivhaus standard some natural surface materials (like lime mortar, natural stone or clay flooring, silicate paints, natural woods…) and some construction systems with low production energy, little environmental impact and easily to be refused, what we have is a home that is going to offer us unique sensory benefits and a quality of life indoors that is hardly comparable to other solutions.
In short, in a climate emergency context like ours, the Passivhaus must be the home of the present and the future.