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Inspiring examples from Hungary

Detached house in the town of Vác - Refurbishment  - low energy consumption: 58 kWh/m2/year

Pictures: Medgyasszai Péter

Passive detached house  - New building - Energy consumption: 13 kWh/m2/year

Pictures: Feiler József
The house is situated on a south downhill of a valley. This is a model house where the students of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics regularly carries out technical measurements. Electricity production is by photovoltaic panels which almost cover the full needs and the hot water is created by heat pump. The building is also provided with a heat-recovery ventilation system. The water supply is from a well and an infiltration is built for the degradation of wastewater on the plot.

Low energy building in Gödöllő  - Refurbishment Energy consumption: 120 kWh/m2/year

Pictures: Gáll Veronika  

The detached house has been renovated under the program of Hungarian Green Investment Scheme, as an applicant in the Climate Friendly Home Energy Efficiency Sub-program in 2010. Thanks to the insulation, heating modernization and the replacement of windows and doors, the property’s energy scaling elevated from ‘F‘ energy grade to 'A+' category. The investment cost €5000, of which €3000 was funded by the Hungarian government.

Public building with passive offices - New building - Energy consumption: 15 kWh/m2/year

Pictures: Zala Megyei Fejlesztési Nonprofit Kft.
The building is certified by the Hungarian Passive House Association. The laminated plastic windows (3 layers) are equipped with aluminum venetian blinds which automatically shield – it depending on the intensity of sunshine -, and wind up itself in case of a strong wind. The foundation has 10 cm thick thermal insulation and the thermal insulation of the facade is made of 30 cm polystyrene panels.  For the heating, cooling and hot water supply of the building an air-water-based heat pump was set up. There are also 14 solar panels on the building.


Detached house with “Roof of the Year” Award - New building - Energy consumption: 21 kWh/m2/year

Pictures: Major Attila
The building has been designed according to the Passive House criteria, completed with ecological and sustainable thinking. During the construction the use of natural and/or eco-friendly construction and insulation materials was considered wherever possible. The house unifies the benefits of modern building structures as well as ecological and future-oriented design principles. The walls were made from adobe bricks. The house gained the “Roof of the Year 2012" Award in the section of “Energy-conscious building veneer”.