an optimal linkage of alpine building culture and ecology
Renovations performed according to AlpHouse quality criteria are oriented towards two central aims:
Preservation and development of the cultural heritage of the Alpine Space, as represented by vernacular architecture, traditional settlement structures, regional materials and crafts techniques (>> Architecture)
Optimization of energy efficiency and overall life-cycle costs of buildings and settlements, achieved by applying state-of-the-art technologies and detailed knowledge on ecology and specific local conditions.
The linkage of these two aims is a challenging task: According to the type of building, its usage and location, individual solutions have to be found. These allow the integration of modern standardized technologies without destroying the unique characters of alpine buildings.
AlpBC and AlpHouse are projects of the European Union (EU) in cooperation with the Working Group of Alpine Countries (ArgeAlp), lead by the Chamber of Trade and Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria (HWK)