Ultra Energy Efficient Firehalls around the world – Low Energy or Passive House Standard

Passive House Buildings come in all shapes and forms: From single family homes to highrise and office buildings, supermarkets, kindergardens, care homes and also…. firehalls.

The first to be designed and built to meet the stringent international Passve House standard is the firehall in Heidelberg, Germany, completed in 2007.

Passive House Firehall Heidelberg - Credit Peter Kulka Architecture

Passive House Firehall Heidelberg – Credit Peter Kulka Architecture

The vehicle depot with parking space for emergency vehicles is located on the first floor, just like the workshops and the warehouse. This part of the building has been arranged as a U-shape encasing a side functionality core and opens up on three sides towards the premises with floor-level glazed folding gates. Sports and relaxation rooms are located above one part of the hall. On the Eastern side on the top level, the building merges into a bolt resting on V-shaped beams and additionally supported by a stair tower. This is the “heart” of the firehouse – the control center –, but also training and office rooms allowing for a view into the distance. The protected and roof-covered open area below serves as a sports area. The 35 meters high hose and training tower located on the Western side combines the building parts with each other and sets a vertical focus. On its Southern side there have been 135 shimmering black photo-voltaic modules integrated, an additional 148 on its roof. Both systems provide 50,000 kWh per year.

Passive House Firehall Heidelberg - Credit Peter Kulka Architecture

Passive House Firehall Heidelberg – Credit Peter Kulka Architecture

Passive House Firehall Heidelberg - Credit Peter Kulka Architecture

Passive House Firehall Heidelberg – Credit Peter Kulka Architecture

Another nice example of a Passive Eco-friendly firehall building is located in Reuthe. The winner of the Austrian wood awards 2013 boasts ultra energy efficient construction and modern Austrian wood design.

Firehall Reuthe - Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Firehall Reuthe – Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Completed in 2011, the ~ 8000 sqf building is a concrete wood-hybrid built and mainly uses locally sourced larch wood as interior finishing material.

Firehall Reuthe - Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Firehall Reuthe – Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Firehall Reuthe - Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Firehall Reuthe – Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Firehall Reuthe - Credit Architect Bernd Frick

Firehall Reuthe – Credit Architect Bernd Frick

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