InnovHousing conceives sustainability as a highly accountable design, a commitment that begins with a “structural” idea and expands to all the other components of the building. These are self-imposed constraints, aligned with our ethic code.
Thinking in Mass Timber has become natural for us. We plan a structure to retain CO2 as for the biological component of wood, instead of generating enormous quantities of it through a wasteful chemical reaction.
This remains a priority commitment for InnovHousing, perfectly fitting into the logic of this revolutionary system that integrates every material following the logic of energy maximization and the psycho-physical well-being of the final user.
The logic of integrating energy maximisation to the psycho-physical well-being of the final user is a priority to Innovhousing’s revolutionary system. The achievement is on different levels. Firstly by optimising the solar radiation with taking into account a precise orientation and secondly considering technical elements such as the membranes inserted in the structural part, together with the various levels of insulation with specific materials, to function as practical barriers for humidity, thermal dispersion, and for minimizing sound and noise to levels of comfort never previously experienced.
Today’s buildings are comparable to teenagers, never grown up. They lack autonomy: to operate, they need to be attached to the mains and to the aqueduct. Innovhousing, through the concept of Y Timber, explores the idea of real independence of buildings, as if they were adults, and responsible for their own and others’ resources. In this view, we aim to design an optimized system that can generate electricity and make it available when needed and an efficient method of rainwater collection and management. This way we will be able to talk about an autonomous and responsible adult building.
Sustainability also means choosing to adopt materials and workforce available on the spot: this produces a positive social impact and a better understanding of what we are doing from relating to the environment and its people. Above all, sustainability means taking responsibility for future generations. We build today: but how will this same building be used, seen, and judged in fifty or a hundred years? We will never know, but far from any imposition, we will certainly allow future generations to modify and even to dismantle what we have built.
Our current technology enables us to achieve this objective in several ways.
First: the building falls within the category of dry construction, meaning that there is no need for water in the construction process.
Not only is there no use of cement in the structure, but not even mortar nor plaster – that needs to be demolished before removal.
Second: mass timber elements allow dismantling every single component, keeping track of its identification. Everything will, therefore, be more accessible: just by using the screwdriver, in reverse.
Third: once disassembled the parts will be stacked, grouped by similarity, examined and reused for a similar or a new construction, recycling the most significant number of existing components. What cannot be re-used, will eventually be adapted to different applications.
This approach fosters a circular economy, which we hope will be widely used by future generations.
While looking beyond the current “take-make-waste” extractive industrial model, the circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. Circular economy entails a gradual decoupling of the economy from the consumption of finite resources, and the design of a system designed to integrate waste, instead of excluding it.
Underpinned by the transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.
All based on three principles:
Design out waste and pollution
Keeping products and materials in use
Regeneration of natural systems