“We see a growing market for environmentally friendly housing. This is the fundamental reason that we are focusing on passive housing,” says Eugene Camara, site manager at NCC Beckomberga where 5 passive houses are currently being erected, with each one comprising 11 apartments. “We want to produce this new type of housing for the same cost as more traditional construction and we obviously hope that Beckomberga will prepare us for the anticipated strong future growth of environmentally friendly construction.”
“You could say that passive housing is based upon five important steps,” explains Eugene Camara. “We must reduce energy losses, make energy consumption more efficient, harness solar energy, be able to measure and display energy consumption individually, and finally to choose environmentally friendly energy sources.”
For this project, NCC has chosen to base its exterior wall platform on Lindab’s products, logistics and software solutions within lightweight construction. Lindab’s solutions play an important role in regard to the first step “to reduce heat loss”.
“By taking Lindab’s concept for lightweight construction and using it for the production of pre-engineered curtain walls, we solve several problems at once,” continues Eugene Camara. “We gain a curtain wall that has minimal thermal bridges, thus reducing heat loss, while it also provides a simple, repeatable solution that is quick to install and where you help us with the design work. Our section factory receives clear plans for each section, pre-cut and marked up exterior wall studs and profiles, which results in efficient production. When the sections then arrive at the building we lift them quickly into position and place them on the iron angle brackets that are cast in every beam.
Once in place, this solution also provides a weather-protective shell that allows us to continue building the exterior walls and other interior work without being weather dependent.”