Place to be: Ecological Constructing with Design by Agrob Buchtal

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Ourplacetobe designed by Agrob Buchtal

Official venture title: Ourplacetobe

Location: Linz, Austria

Undertaking completion date: 2019

Title of the gathering: District

Materials: Ceramic tiles

Measurement: 10 x 25 & 5 x 10 cm

Colors: White (+gray ground tiles)

Product launch date: 2018

Press Distribution: v2com


Displaying a excessive diploma of high quality and discerning design within the type of ceramic, AGROB BUCHTAL gives architects a “uncooked materials for structure” that reveals the scope of design. On the identical time, constantly systematic ideas make sure the important foundation regardless of the nice number of ceramic tiles, colours, and codecs. The modern HYTECT floor coating gives revolutionary properties, offering helpful contributions to environmental safety.

Excessive flexibility through the improvement of particular person options and companies, such because the Architects’ Service which has been appreciated for a number of many years, has additionally contributed to the popularity loved by the corporate.

Hand on coronary heart: prior to now, an eco-house was rapidly related to a hippie aptitude. However these days are over. As we speak, the motto is ecological constructing with design. One instance is the case of Andrea Hörndler and Hannes Wizany from Austria, who report on their experiences of their weblog, “Place to be”. They’ve concluded that ceramic tiles from Agrob Buchtal not solely look good, but additionally make a direct contribution to ecological constructing and, with the modern Hytect floor, guarantee a wholesome indoor local weather.

“I consider that when you begin fascinated by your private client habits, it’s arduous to shut your eyes. It begins with little issues, like cosmetics or meals, and extends to constructing a home. That’s additionally why we began asking ourselves how we really need to reside, what we actually want, and the way we are able to notice it in a sustainable method”, Andrea Hörndler explains the origins of her housing venture.

After roughly two years of intensive looking out, they discovered the right plot of land close to Linz: engulfed in nature, but not too removed from the town. Their declared purpose: an ecological residential constructing not more than 100 sq. meters in dimension, which skillfully combines their calls for with regard to sustainability and design.

Imposing structure on stilts

On the steep hillside plot, the “eco-house”, constructed on stilts and largely of wooden, catches the attention by means of its imposing structure alone. With a view to keep away from sealing the bottom, Hörndler and Wizany intentionally determined in opposition to constructing a basement. A assist construction made from recycled metal carries the home and makes it appear like a floating “residing field”.

The wooden used comes from sustainable Austrian forestry, the insulation is made from straw blown in after the wheat harvest, and within the inside, constructing panels made from straw, clay slabs, and clay plaster present a climate-regulating impact.

“Entry to data with reference to ecological constructing, or sustainable alternate options within the constructing trade basically, is extraordinarily arduous”, sums up Hörndler. “We’ve due to this fact tried to doc all the things in addition to potential, and to offer insights into our home by way of our weblog.”

For instance, the truth that ceramic tiles not solely look good but additionally straight contribute to the ecological constructing is among the experiences that the 2 house builders are comfortable to share with their followers.

Sustainable ground and wall tiles

“In fact, we had been guided by the design when selecting the tiles, which can be how we got here throughout the District sequence of Agrob Buchtal. However we additionally didn’t need to quit our declare to sustainability. From our standpoint, it is rather tough to design a rest room ecologically – if solely as a result of it isn’t potential to do with out waterproofing”, says Hörndler.

Ceramic tiles, then again, meet the ecological standards, as a result of they’re constituted of pure uncooked supplies with clay as the primary element. Moreover, within the sum of their properties, ceramic tiles are some of the sustainable ground and wall coverings of all. Virtually all Agrob Buchtal tiles include the modern Hytect floor, offering particular extra advantages: an antibacterial impact with out chemical substances, a neutralizer of disagreeable odors and air pollution, and an are extraordinarily simple to wash floor.

Ceramic tiles which might do extra

The impact of Hytect is predicated on the precept of photocatalysis. For this goal, titanium dioxide is durably baked into the glaze of the ceramic tiles as a “catalyst” which, when uncovered to mild, impacts a response between mild, oxygen, and air humidity. On this manner, energetic oxygen is fashioned which, on the one hand, eliminates disagreeable odors and air pollution together with formaldehyde, tobacco, kitchen fumes, and typical WC odors.

However, the energetic oxygen decomposes and inhibits the expansion of micro-organisms resembling micro organism, mould, algae, moss, and germs with out chemical substances.

The ceramic tiles supplied with Hytect coating are additionally hydrophilic – i.e. water-friendly – and are due to this fact notably simple to wash. As a substitute of forming drops, the water spreads evenly as a skinny, flat movie on the tile. The benefit: grime is washed down by the water movie and might then be simply eliminated. Hytect thus considerably reduces the usage of cleansing brokers and protects the setting.

Moreover, the photocatalytic impact of Hytect doesn’t put on off however slightly is activated many times by mild alone. Regular room lighting is enough for this goal.

Fashionable metro tiles

The District sequence of Agrob Buchtal satisfied Andrea Hörndler and Wizany with its shiny glaze, which is cleverly accentuated by the beveled edges on all sides. The gathering is impressed by the everyday tile claddings of metro stations in huge cities like Paris or London. It was utilized in 10 x 25 centimeters format on the partitions within the rest room and WC and in 5 x 10 centimeters format within the kitchen. Gray ground tiles from the Agrob Buchtal assortment assist to create a harmonious total image on this mixture.

And, after all, in addition they have the modern Hytect floor for wholesome indoor air and higher residing high quality.