Low Carbon EFL House
In 2020, new EU regulation comes into effect. Members states are required to implement European regulation into national laws. All new buildings, including housing, have to be developed as, so called, ‘nearly zero-energy buildings.’ These buildings are characterized by their high energy performance. The low amount of energy that these buildings require comes mostly from renewable sources. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by the end of 2020.
The EFL project, ‘Low Carbon House,’ aims to design and develop a concept for newly constructed, low energy housing according to the new European legislation. The project is lead by the Amsterdam EFL member housing association, Eigen Haard. The first phase (spring 2015) includes the definition of a joint energy goal and the realisation of a first design. An important element of the project is the development of reproducible concepts and the ability for construction in different countries.
Other elements include the realisation of a product to be used for social housing, which include affordable rents, high levels of comfort, and industrial production. In the second phase of the project, individual designs for specific plots across EFL countries are created. As each site has different geographical, climatic, and situational characteristics, each individual projects needs a specific design.
In the third phase, expected after 2015, the realisation of several projects is planned.
Project partners include the housing companies Eigen Haard, Van Alckmaer, and TU Delft from the Netherlands, Circle and MOAT from England, and KEOTO from Switzerland. Other partners from France, including Vilogia and ICF Habitat, may join later.