Passivhaus Samer Mösl, Salzburg

Residential energy consumption – especially for heating and cooling – poses the second biggest challenge to Austria’s CO2 tally after transport.

Although rules and limits are already in place for energy efficiency in newly-built houses, convincing solutions have not been forthcoming until now for apartment blocks. The “Samer Mösl” project offers sustainable solutions in urban planning, energy efficiency and spatial quality. Three buildings, containing 60 attractive apartments for up to 200 residents, sit between a neighbouring housing development and open grassland and water source. The project combines ecological demands, efficiency in building design, and quality of public housing. In addition, it is Austria’s largest multi-storey timber-built residential complex. This project was nominated for the 2007 Austrian Consulting Prize.