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Living space

Even 38% of public buildings in Tirol, especially kindergartens and schools, are relying on energy efficiency and the natural material wood. As is shown here after childcare was expanded at Mutters primary school in 2014.

Save energy and feel good

Whether a timber build with white plaster, a modern semi-detached house made of concrete and glass or a pretty flat in a block of flats: Tirol boasts the highest rate of residential new builds in all of Austria as well as the most efficient houses. And people like building with wood.

At the moment about 297,500 flats are registered as a main residence in Tirol – most of them in permanent hands. Whereas in Germany only 43% of the people interviewed could call their home their "own property", 58% of the people in Tirol have already fulfilled their dream of owning their own flat or even house.

And they are also saving energy. As every new build in Tirol has at least a low-energy house standard. In the funded new build area, the average annual heating energy demand is only about 21 kWh/m². Therefore, there are plenty of examples of energy-efficient houses. As early as 2008, Neue Heimat Tirol, one of the leading property development and property management companies in western Europe, with 189 rented flats in total in the Lodenareal in Innsbruck, carried out one of the largest passive house projects in Europe on the grounds of the former loden factory. This project even earned it the Energy Globe 2008 award. It outdone the Lodenareal almost immediately after it was completed when the Olympic village for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics - nicknamed O-Dorf 3 - was built. During the games, about 1,600 athletes and trainers from 70 nations lived in the 13 buildings. Afterwards, Neue Heimat Tirol put 313 rented flats, 62 rented flats with an option to buy as well as 69 freehold flats onto the market – property that thanks to its energy efficiency saves ready cash.

And also protects the environment and conserves resources. Particularly sustainable in combination with the increasingly popular material of wood. Because the CO2 footprint of timber constructions is only half that of concrete or brick buildings, and when combined with concrete can even make buildings with several floors. The Tirolean forest and wood management employs 33,000 people and supported the establishment of a large number of timber construction companies in the so-called htt15 Holzbau Team Tirol. It has developed its own timber construction chair at the University of Innsbruck in cooperation with these businesses, including innovative building envelopes and intelligent load-bearing systems. As you can see, Tirol has worked hard to gain a competitive edge over the rest of the world.

A competitive edge that ensures that in Tirol 23% of commercial buildings, 29% of residential construction and up to 60% of conversions and extensions by private households were carried out in timber. And the occupants who dream of having a timber home have the security of being surrounded by a natural product that – without disturbing air flows thanks to non-existent heat transfer - provides a perfect living climate.

It goes without saying that houses in Tirol have won various prizes over and over again. For example, Larcher House designed by the architects riccione from Innsbruck with Mario Ramoni was awarded "The Best House 2013" Austrian Architecture Prize. Or the Frick studio and residential building by the architect Frick in Umhausen also received this award. The Tiroler Holzbaupreis 2015 (Tirol Timber Construction Award) was awarded five times thanks to revolutions in timber construction. One of them was the detached house designed by team k2, the Glatzl/Krismer, in Natters, built by Schafferer Hausbau that generates more energy than it consumes.

While buildings made of different kinds of building materials are in vogue throughout the country, in Alpbach, "the Village of Thinkers", they rely on a consistent and unique architectural style where the houses are decorated beautifully with flowers in the summer and are built in the traditional timber building style that has been passed down for centuries. Whether modern or traditional – the dream homes in Tirol are, especially the new builds, very versatile. But they all have one thing in common: they are future-oriented thanks to climate technologies – for the sake of the environment and well-being.

Your own four walls

Affordable, high-quality living space in Tirol..

... made possible by the residential building subsidies from the Tirolean Regional Government. Credits, grants and subsidies also allow young people and families to own their own home.

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Feast for the eyes

aut. architektur und tirol

The link to the fourth "House of Architecture" in Austria has Tirolean architecture masterpieces in its own building database as well as the architectural guide architek[tour] tirol.

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