Energy-efficient Townhouse (2013-2017)
Hannu Huttunen, Professor Hannu.Huttunen [at] aalto [dot] fi
Department of Architecture, P.O.Box 16500, 00076 AALTO, Finland
The need for new housing typologies that are both energy-efficient and affordable is highly topical in Finland. While the new city plans of Helsinki regions favor townhouse as a newly emerging housing typology in Finland, and as such there will be tens of thousands new sites for those in the near future, the demand for townhouses is low because few products and examples for this kind of housing
exist. The markets for the townhouses are still quite constricted in Finland. The development of the new housing typology requires architectural design, scientific research and pilot projects.
Whereas the roots of the chosen building type are in low and dense Central European cities, the concept of townhouse provides a possibility to decrease urban sprawl by creating new residential areas that are competitive to housing areas based on detached housing. Furthermore, the areas comprising townhouses are more ecological and energy-efficient, for instance, in terms of the infrastructure compared with the typical one-family housing areas.
Annual Report 2015 (currently only Finnish version)