Certified passive attic conversion of a typical building from the period around 1900

Conversion of an attic of a typical building from the period about 1900 to a passive attic with photovoltaic system and renovation of the existing building equipment. The aim is to keep the additional construction costs under 10 %, to avoid overheating in summer and to make possible a reproduction for the large amount of buildings from the same period.

Short Description





This project was supposed to show that the passive-house concept as well as the plus-energy concept are applicable for attic reconstruction of the founding period. To open this concept for a wider public individual apartments will be available for rent (www.passivhausapartments.com).

A further aim of this research project is the documentation of the planning process as well as the introduction of the appointed technologies and materials to facilitate such building projects in the future.

Content and methodology

Long years of experience could be drawn back on in the planning process of this project. The energetic construction of the attic was calculated via PHPP. Additional insights of current research projects were included to achieve the plus-energy standard.

Although the demand on the thermal quality of the external construction was quite high, the details were kept simple to facilitate the repetition of this project.

The technical concept of the attic contents an air ventilation system with heat exchanger. Heating and cooling works through structural element activation which will be provided by air-water heatpump as well as a solar system with bumper. A 13kWp photovoltaic system was installed to achieve the plus-energy standard.

A specifically targeted range of all the in the attic used electronic devices keeps the energy use very low and illustrates a key point in the achievement of the plus-energy standard.

Results and conclusions

The projects has demonstrated that high efficient building concepts are applicable for areas such as attic reconstructions. Not only was the passive-house standard obtanined, through the energy generation the plus-energy standard could be achieved.

The project has demonstrated that in different concepts for attic heating, in order to achieve the passive-house standard, between 4 % and 10 % of the building costs of a conventional attic reconstruction have to be invested.

In heating through supply air additional costs in the range of approximately 82 Euro/m²EBF are possible. The actual construction with thermal activation of structural elements causes additional cost of approximately 213 Euro/m²EBF. Additional investments of around 100 Euro/m²EBF are necessary (prices of 2011). This corresponds to approximately 5 % of the building costs of a conventional attic reconstruction.

Project Images

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Project Partners

Project management

DI Helmut Schöberl
Schöberl & Pöll GmbH

Project collaborator

DI Simon Handler

Contact Address

Schöberl & Pöll GmbH
DI Helmut Schöberl
Ybbsstraße 6/30, 1020 Wien
Tel.: +43 (1) 726 45 66
Fax: +43 (1) 726 45 66-18
E-Mail: office@schoeberlpoell.at
Web: www.schoeberlpoell.at