project description

At the dawn of the new energy era, the region of the Team is facing new challenges. Typical of North-Western Europe, it is one of the most populated and economically vulnerable regions in France, with a dense urban fabric resulting from the industrial revolution and its decline. There are more than 700.000 of the so called 1930s houses in this region and despite their unique qualities their rehabilitation is essential. The Habiter2030 Team responds to the issues related to the renovation of these dwellings, encouraging a collective movement that inspires new opportunities for development, employment and education. The Team improves and transforms the typical 1930s house, but the real ingenuity of the Inhabit2030 (H2030) project is the integration of the social and urban environment. This implies a new model for sharing and mutualisation. The role of the inhabitant lies at the centre of the project and the Team members introduce unique and innovative approaches, combining ingenious pro¬ducts with frugal and straightforward solutions.

key features

The prototype of Habiter2030 Team is an analogous archetype representing the dimensional, architectural and thermal qualities of the typical 1930s house. The original envelope has been transformed with the introduction of a glasshouse extension, which not only provides additional floor area, but also contributes to the natural heating, ventilation and energy production. The Inhabit2030 (H2030) house reacts to season changes in response to the needs of its inhabitants. The Team is interested in innovative materials and solutions, but Habiter2030 goes far beyond architecture, engineering and construction. Human is placed at the core of the approach of the Team. At the scale of the neighbourhood and the community, they emphasize on sharing and exchange of energy production and services.

applied innovative technologies

The Team introduces unique and innovative approaches, combining ingenious products with frugal straightforward solutions, some of which are:

  • Photovoltaic roof mounted panels – allowing for the production of 2560 kWh/per year, about twice as much as electrical consumption of a typical 1930s house.
  • Thermal solar vacuum tubes installed on the glasshouse façade – heating water used for sanitary use.
  • The Glasshouse combined with mechanical ventilation – contributing to the passive heating, cooling and ventilation of the house.
  • All those distinctive building materials and technologies work in tandem with an intuitive home automation system adapted to the inhabitants needs and lifestyle.
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