Energy-efficient Townhouse (2013–2017)
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.
Connected with neighboring houses with firewalls, a townhouse is an urban one-family house or terraced house that has two to four floors.
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.
Developing a concept of a townhouse gives the opportunity to reduce urban sprawl by creating new residential areas that are competitive with housing areas based on detached housing. AEF Energy Efficient Townhouse project is composed of a multidisciplinary research team and combines the different disciplines connected with housing, building technologies and architecture.
AEF Energy Efficient Townhouse aims at developing a concept of an energy-carbon-cost efficient townhouse suitable to the Finnish context. The townhouse design will provide cost-optimized and energy efficient concepts for energy supply and storage, HVAC, as well as building envelope and control strategies. Design solutions will be developed for a lifespan housing, including flexibility, safety, accessibility and usability.
Annual Report 2015 (currently only Finnish version)