Thursday, 1 March 2012
Climate Protection Supermarket
The Love Architecture Studio has designed the first energy self-sufficient store that produces more energy than it uses.
Organic products and a healthy lifestyle are mega trends in our society and therefore in the food industry as well.
When building supermarkets, environmental friendliness and sustainability are becoming increasingly important. Economically and ecologically sustainable construction and operation minimize the ecological footprint and reduce the life-cycle cost of buildings.
The project has received a gold certification from the ÖGNI (Austrian Green Building Council). In fact, the site produces more energy than the store uses, making it Austria’s first energy self-sufficient supermarket.
The Spar supermarket façade consists of galvanized sheet steel and wood. Due to their contrast, the two materials convey the different themes, while also creating additional excitement. The roof was designed as a fifth façade, with circular, hill-shaped green spaces.
In order to achieve the goal of a climate protection store, a wide variety of measures were necessary, which can be summarized in five large areas:
The highly-insulating building envelope minimizes both energy loss and energy input.
The building technology includes room ventilation, heat recovery and a sectional foundation slab for cooling and heating; lighting with LED technology and daylight control systems.
The use of sustainable, separable and reusable building materials, preferably solvent-free and non-toxic.
The micro climate at the site. This means the creation of as many green spaces as possible, including on the roof.
The energy generation. In addition, a photovoltaic power plant is located in the parking lot, and a hydropower turbine will be installed in the adjacent Mühlgang stream for energy generation. These features create more energy than the store uses.