The Comfort House is a single-family house built according to the ‘passive house’ principle with almost no heating expenses and an optimum inner climate. Architecturally, C. F. Møller’s Comfort House takes its cue from the bright and simple tradition of Nordic modernism, with a deliberate use of reliable materials such as brick for the exterior.
The house is closed off towards the north and open, with large glass panels, towards the south, which is also where the living-rooms are located. A wooden deck in front of the house provides a terrace. The glass panels have integrated solid elements to reduce heat loss and screen off the sun.
The house is made of dark grey brick with inner walls of wood; both materials help to create a natural regulation of the inner climate. The materials are used consistently both inside and outside the house, thereby creating a smart continuity between the indoor and outdoor design. The walls and roof of the house have been pre-fabricated, and craned into position on the site.
The large glass panels face south, but are drawn in under a roof eave, so that they are struck only by the relatively low winter sun. The specially developed and manufactured window frames also help to provide heat insulation. Cavity insulation is thicker than normal: around 300 mm in the walls and 450 mm in the floors and roof, and thermal bridges have been avoided. The heat in the house is recycled with the help of heat recovery and controlled ventilation. In order to be able to exploit this principle fully, the building is completely sealed.
Project name: Comfort House
Location: Stenagervænget, Vejle, Denmark
Type: Green House, Sustainable House
Project Area: 208 m2
Competition Year: 2007, 1. prize in competition
Project Year: 2008-2011
Client / Owner / Developer: Komforthusene
Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
Collaborators: Fiberline, Designit
Construction: W. Buch Andersen
Engineering: Tækker Rådgivende Ingeniører
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