0.0 Solvia’s Zero Dwellings: the first building in Spain without active cooling and heating systems

    As part of the “Madrid 0.0 Project” design competition that aimed to study a residential real estate development incorporating nearly zero energy consumption standards that took place in the Madrid municipal district of Torrejón de Ardoz, the COAM, the Madrid Architects’ Association and Solvia, the real estate company of Banco Sabadell, awarded first prize to architects César Ruiz-Larrea Cangas and Antonio Gómez Gutiérrez, from the studio Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, S.L. The project described in this article looks at the use of systems and materials that resulted in the construction of collective housing with no active heating and cooling installations.

    The world is changing. Our mentality is changing. These are not figures of speech, but a reality. Our cities need to respond to all these emerging changes as do our buildings. Rising energy costs, resource depletion and climate change have orchestrated a complete change in outlook and approaches that were previously rejected are now more relevant than ever to respond to current needs.

    0.0 Solvia’s Zero Dwellings combine these new tools and apply them to the development of 98 homes in Torrejón de Ardoz, promoted by Solvia. Systems such as heat recovery, ground-air exchange, comprehensive design control to eliminate thermal bridges, together with a precise dimensioning of the insulation and joinery make 0.0 Solvia’s Zero Dwellings the first collective housing in Spain made of wood which minimises the active heating and cooling installations to the maximum. Read more…

    Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2015