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climalp video: living in a plus-energy house

The home of the Götz family in Sevelen/CH is a good example of sustainable building in the alpine region.

The home of the Götz family in Sevelen/CH is a good example of sustainable building in the alpine region. © CIPRA International

CIPRA's climalp project demonstrates that energy-efficient houses built using regionally sourced timber are highly beneficial when it comes to living comfort, the climate, and the regional economy. A recent video featuring the single-family home of the Götz family built in Switzerland's Rhine valley in 2004 illustrates what sustainable, climate-friendly building can look like in practice.
This house is a plus energy building: through a photovoltaic system produces more energy then its own need and in addition it satisfies the most stringent demands in terms of energy efficiency and ecological building materials.
The video also looks at CIPRA's general demands with regard to sustainable construction and renovation: for instance that renovation work should be subsidised to a far greater extent than new builds and that all new buildings should be built in accordance with the Passivhaus [low-energy-consumption] standard or even with the plus-energy house. CIPRA is also calling for housing subsidies to be made available only to buildings that are built in accordance with the Passivhaus standard, and for a ban on the use of oil and gas-fired heating systems in new builds and renovation projects.
The short video in German, with subtitles in Italian, French and Slovenian can be viewed at www.cipra.org/de/climalp . More detailed information on sustainable building can be found in the compact entitled "Construction and Renovation in Climate Change", a background report by CIPRA, at www.cipra.org/de/alpmedia/dossiers/17/ . (de/it/fr/sl)