A facade of residual wood, a compost toilet and tight living space. Peter Melis, who has been professionally involved in the energy transition for years, put his money where his mouth was and built his own sustainable tiny house.
“As chairman and consultant in the field of the energy transition, I talk a lot about how people can live as sustainably as possible. Heat pumps, solar panels and insulation are subjects that are regularly reviewed.
When I started building my own tiny house, I also wanted to tackle it sustainably, in harmony with nature. That was still quite complicated. What I mainly learned is that there is no one best solution. The more experts you ask, the more opinions. Ultimately, you have to choose which approach suits you.
I first had it calculated how much energy is needed to live in a house of this size for a year. In it I could, for example, see the energy consequences of my wish in front of a large window. ‘
‘After I made the decision about insulation (24 centimeters of wood fiber) and the installation of the windows (HR double glazing), the next challenge arose: how do I ventilate and heat?
To heat the house I made a call if someone wanted to install a test unit. Triple Solar, a Dutch producer of PVT heat pump panels, responded with which you generate heat, hot water and electricity. They had another test heat pump that source water that runs through the back of the panels.
This heated water is converted in the heat pump into warm air, which enters the house through three large holes. The type of pump is not yet widely used in the Netherlands. With this test unit I supply data to Triple Solar.
Tekst: Dayinta Perrier
Fotografie: Elmer van der Marel
Magazine: De Ingenieur
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