Europassive® 2 Ho House

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New Construction

  • Building Type : Isolated or semi-detached house
  • Construction Year : 2014
  • Delivery year : 2014
  • Address 1 - street : 8, rue Majunga 67270 HOCHFELDEN, France
  • Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.

  • Net Floor Area : 160 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 320 000 €
  • Number of Dwelling : 1 Dwelling
  • Cost/m2 : 2000 €/m2

Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    92 kWhep/
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

The house Europassive® 2 Ho result of a bioclimatic design integrating the constraints of a plot and regulation of new development. The general concept was to give an overall unit to two different organizational entities: the volume heated and unheated volume. Technically structural envelope to the passive volume is continuous (including tile) to prevent any thermal bridge. It is laid on concrete sleepers. The insulation consists of cellulose wadding and blown panels of wood fibers.

  • In the end, its performances are exceptional: a heating requirement of 8 kWh / m2 year
  • A total primary energy consumption of 92kWh / m2 / year

Sustainable development approach of the project owner

Attached is the testimony of the Masters Authority:

"Our prime contractor has been able to move towards solutions related to solar energy, recycled and bio-based materials, and a reduced carbon footprint. He recommended solar energy for heating and domestic hot water , insulation made from recycled materials (tissue paper). During construction, recycling of waste and scrap materials was favored, most of the artisans was chosen in a perimeter of 25 km, from the perspective of a "clean" construction and low in CO2. These actions are perfectly consistent with the approach of the construction by KMO agency, which is based on wood construction and the most modern eco-labels ".

Architectural description

Bioclimatic design, bio-based materials, very healthy indoor air.

Building users opinion

Testimonies of Mr. & Mrs. POINSOT:

We were very happy to work with the agency KMO:

• Very available to give shape to the project from the design, reflect together, suggest solutions, and advise us,
• A follow very regular and extremely reassuring site: the Work of Master has been present every day on site at key moments. The site meeting was routine each week, with mandatory presence of the speakers,
• A requirement of the Master Work of inflexible vis-à-vis the companies working on the construction, which has borne fruit so that nothing is left to chance, and that all the details are known and controlled,
• An impeccable compliance deadlines, if not record,
• A result that meets our demand, in addition to being well within the requirements of the Passivhaus label.

If you had to do it again?

The project owners have reported me to have my full confidence and would even be ready to begin the adventure to further improve the concept.

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Contracting method

Separate batches

Type of market

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Energy consumption

  • 92,00 kWhep/
  • 103,00 kWhep/
  • Other

    Water heater: 455 kWh
    Cooking: 277 kWh
    Towel dryer: 146 kWh
    VMC & Canadian well: 6,64 kWh

Real final energy consumption

    103,00 kWhef/

    33,00 kWhef/

    2 015

Envelope performance

  • 0,10 W.m-2.K-1
  • Wooden floor slab:
    tiles, anhydrite screed 40 mm, 22 mm OSB panel, I-beams and 360 mm of tissue, 16 mm wood fiber panel.

    Interior veneer 13 mm, technical empty 60 mm, 15 mm OSB panel, I-beams and 360 mm of tissue, 16 mm wood fiber board, wood lathing, wood siding 18mm.

    13 mm inner facing, technical vacuum vapor Majpell 5, I-beams and 400 mm of tissue, OSB 22 mm panel, polyurethane insulation Eurothane Bio Br 80 mm air gap 60 mm, 80 mm vegetation.


  • 0,28


    • No heating system
    • Solar Thermal
    • No cooling system
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • Canadian well
    • Solar Thermal

Urban environment

  • 752,00 m2
  • 20,00 %
  • Small town of Alsace with all amenities and great public transport links.


    Europassive® 2 Ho House

    Agence KMO / Europassive®

    Vincent KEMPF

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    Bioclimatic design, wood frame all walls, bio-sourced materials, green roof, motorized venetian blinds, VMC double flow, Canadian well, etc.

    The second project was a challenge for all players since aimed to improve the whole concept and the results of the first house Europassive®.

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 2 700,00
  • 15 000,00
  • 40 000
  • 450 000

Energy bill

  • 380,00

Indoor Air quality

    A measurement of volatile organic compounds & aldehydes in indoor air is ongoing.

Life Cycle Analysis

    Skeleton (low slab, exterior walls & roof) Timber wood from the Black Forest, cellulose wadding Climacell, fiberboard wood Agepan DWD, OSB Kronoply OSB 4, interior partitions wood frame, slab intermediate timber frame.

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

Highly energy efficient an technical: European Passive House certification.
Bioclimatic, this house is fully built with wood structure, inclusing the floor slab.
The thorough reduction of thermal bridges and rigourous air-tightness enable the house to achieve exceptional performances: 
  • Heating needs 8kWh/m2.year ;
  • Primary energy needs : 103 kWh/m2.year

Building candidate in the category

Energie & Climats Tempérés

Energie & Climats Tempérés

Coup de Coeur des Internautes

Coup de Coeur des Internautes

Green Building Solutions Awards 2016

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