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For excellent residential health

The two-storey KfW40-standard building with residential and other floor space totalling 250 square metres looks rather unimpressive from the outside: A closed façade facing north, with its large glass frontage opening up the building to the south. The special feature of this property in the vicinity of Hamburg is the concept that has been implemented for better residential health. Within the "Healthy Accommodation" project funded by the German Federal Foundation for the Environment, it served as a pilot property for the Sentinel Haus Concept.

Based on ecological wooden building construction

The Sentinel Haus Concept proves that it is possible to plan accommodation that is largely free of harmful emissions, and hence healthier. Buildings according to the Sentinel Haus Concept are based on ecological wooden building construction, in which predominantly renewable and eco-friendly building materials are used. The Concept is directed at healthy people who want to remain healthy for a long time, but especially at people of delicate health and the continually increasing number of allergy sufferers. These also include the new owners of the North German property. Almost all the members of the family have had serious problems with allergies, up to and including MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), which has affected the entire quality of life of the two adults and three children, giving rise to high treatment costs of up to EUR 500 per month.

Contract relating to interior air quality

For that reason the family decided to have their new house built according to the most stringent residential health standards. So in addition to the building contract, a further contract relating to air quality was also signed. The Sentinel Haus Concept provides small and medium-sized businesses with a comprehensive and practically oriented set of instructions for the eco-friendly and healthy construction of wooden buildings. The documentation of all construction processes and the materials used, as well as multiple measurements of the ambient air reduce the risk of liability for planners and building contractors, and enable credible communication. When planning for the Hamburg property, the planners of Neue Baukultur GmbH took account of all known health-related aspects. The wooden frame construction method employed offers a large number of advantages in relation to ambient air. The focus is on natureplus-certified products, Europe's strictest guidelines for healthy construction products.

Wood fibre insulating materials for roof, wall and floor

Whether the roof, the walls or the floor – wood-fibre insulating materials produced by PAVATEX using the proven and eco-friendly wet process are to be found in every part of the building. The property built according to the Sentinel Haus Concept has between-rafter insulation consisting of PAVATHERM wood fibre insulating material (WLG 040). This is protected from the effects of the weather by water-impermeable, impregnated 35-millimetre ISOLAIR sarking board. PAVATHERM wood fibre insulating board is also to be found between the wooden uprights, while PAVATEX DIFFUTHERM is fitted to the outside – the insulating board for composite heat insulation systems. 60 mm PAVABOARD was chosen for the floor. The highly pressure-resistant heat insulation board was put down in three layers.

The healthiest house in Germany

Other components of the Sentinel Haus Concept include a water-based wall heating system in modular clay building boards for pleasant radiant heat, and controlled ventilation with pollen and particulate filters and a central vacuum cleaner. The windows and floors are made of untreated oak. The solid oak doors were screwed in place, not fixed with any questionable installation foam. Independent institutions have confirmed the air quality: They detected 0.074 mg of VOCs per cubic metre of air, which is significantly lower that the figure of 0.3 mg/cu m recommended by the German Environmental Association. All the measurements for VOCs, aldehydes, particulates etc, are better than any previously known for a new building. So the family is living in Germany's healthiest house (acc. to. ÖKO-TEST magazine, June 2007). The additional costs for residential health made up just seven percent of the building costs of EUR 380,000. Additional expenditure that paid off, because the family's health is better than before.

For excellent residential health

The two-storey KfW40-standard building with residential and other floor space totalling 250 square metres looks rather unimpressive from the outside: A closed façade facing north, with its large glass frontage opening up the building to the south. The special feature of this property in the vicinity of Hamburg is the concept that has been implemented for better residential health. Within the "Healthy Accommodation" project funded by the German Federal Foundation for the Environment, it served as a pilot property for the Sentinel Haus Concept.

Based on ecological wooden building construction

The Sentinel Haus Concept proves that it is possible to plan accommodation that is largely free of harmful emissions, and hence healthier. Buildings according to the Sentinel Haus Concept are based on ecological wooden building construction, in which predominantly renewable and eco-friendly building materials are used. The Concept is directed at healthy people who want to remain healthy for a long time, but especially at people of delicate health and the continually increasing number of allergy sufferers. These also include the new owners of the North German property. Almost all the members of the family have had serious problems with allergies, up to and including MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), which has affected the entire quality of life of the two adults and three children, giving rise to high treatment costs of up to EUR 500 per month.

Contract relating to interior air quality

For that reason the family decided to have their new house built according to the most stringent residential health standards. So in addition to the building contract, a further contract relating to air quality was also signed. The Sentinel Haus Concept provides small and medium-sized businesses with a comprehensive and practically oriented set of instructions for the eco-friendly and healthy construction of wooden buildings. The documentation of all construction processes and the materials used, as well as multiple measurements of the ambient air reduce the risk of liability for planners and building contractors, and enable credible communication. When planning for the Hamburg property, the planners of Neue Baukultur GmbH took account of all known health-related aspects. The wooden frame construction method employed offers a large number of advantages in relation to ambient air. The focus is on natureplus-certified products, Europe's strictest guidelines for healthy construction products.

Wood fibre insulating materials for roof, wall and floor

Whether the roof, the walls or the floor – wood-fibre insulating materials produced by PAVATEX using the proven and eco-friendly wet process are to be found in every part of the building. The property built according to the Sentinel Haus Concept has between-rafter insulation consisting of PAVATHERM wood fibre insulating material (WLG 040). This is protected from the effects of the weather by water-impermeable, impregnated 35-millimetre ISOLAIR sarking board. PAVATHERM wood fibre insulating board is also to be found between the wooden uprights, while PAVATEX DIFFUTHERM is fitted to the outside – the insulating board for composite heat insulation systems. 60 mm PAVABOARD was chosen for the floor. The highly pressure-resistant heat insulation board was put down in three layers.

The healthiest house in Germany

Other components of the Sentinel Haus Concept include a water-based wall heating system in modular clay building boards for pleasant radiant heat, and controlled ventilation with pollen and particulate filters and a central vacuum cleaner. The windows and floors are made of untreated oak. The solid oak doors were screwed in place, not fixed with any questionable installation foam. Independent institutions have confirmed the air quality: They detected 0.074 mg of VOCs per cubic metre of air, which is significantly lower that the figure of 0.3 mg/cu m recommended by the German Environmental Association. All the measurements for VOCs, aldehydes, particulates etc, are better than any previously known for a new building. So the family is living in Germany's healthiest house (acc. to. ÖKO-TEST magazine, June 2007). The additional costs for residential health made up just seven percent of the building costs of EUR 380,000. Additional expenditure that paid off, because the family's health is better than before.