Nico Rensch, Wunderhaus founder and Managing Director said of the project, “Wunderhaus is the opportunity to embrace a paradigm shift to energy positive, carbon negative, sustainable contemporary living.”
Classical Design Meets Modern Methods
Wunderhaus is a house-building system that combines extensive research, innovative design and state-of-theart technology. The result is a highly efficient, fully-fitted and cost-calculated prototype home. Manufactured offsite, Wunderhaus takes a product-based approach meaning clients can create a bespoke design to precise specifications.
Wunderhaus features open plan, double-height living areas with a 7.5m gable style roof to emphasise light and space. Based on the aesthetic style of classical architectural archetypes, Wunderhaus offers modern living inspired by traditional homes. Panoramic windows increase natural light and ambience while covered terraces and balconies allow for additional outside space. The system can incorporate Smart Technology to let occupants monitor and control the home’s features via their Smartphone or tablet.
A Cutting Edge Sustainable Product
Thanks to sustainable technology and energy-efficient manufacturing, Wunderhaus is cited as one of the best-performing products in the residential housing market. Meeting PassivHaus standards, Wunderhaus easily achieves government targets of 80% carbon reduction. Offering exceptional thermal performance and air quality, Wunderhaus uses an MVHR system to provide filtered air throughout. The building also features 12kW invisible PV solar panels, a 4kW air source heat pump for heating, cooling and hot water and triple-glazed windows with thermal insulation at 0.78 W/m2k.
Wunderhaus uses environmentally friendly materials, with the roof and external cladding being 100% recyclable. The home is so energy positive that – based on general use by an average 4-person family – Wunderhaus will incur zero net annual energy costs, feeding surplus energy from the building back into the grid.
The team behind Wunderhaus has worked with several partners across their supply chain to achieve a fully-tested, low-cost system that uses high-quality components. SIP panel systems ensure precise building specifications and on-time delivery.
Key to the design of the Wunderhaus system is the use of energy-efficient components and materials. The Wunderhaus team selected SIP wall panels, roof and external envelope (excluding glazing) due to the adaptability and environmental performance. Structured Insulated Panels (SIP) minimise energy waste and noise penetrations while being more airtight than alternative building materials. This means the energy used to heat and cool rooms can reduce by up to 50%, making homes quieter and they require less fuel. SIPs also offer lower carbon emissions.