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BEEco house - a house with a family of bees

06 of December '21
Technical data
Name: "BEEco house"
Category: Single-family house
Authors: Jakub Nowakowski, Jakub Nobis
Silesian University of Technology

Work submitted to the Halina Skibniewskaya student competition - HEALTHY HOUSE

The building was designed to meet the standards of today's architecture. It is energy-efficient and nature-friendly. Modern solutions have been used, increasinguser comfort, savings and reducing the impact of the building on the environment.

wykorzystane zostałyrozwiazania zwiekszajace komfort uzytkownika, oszczednosci oraz zmniejszające wpływ budynku na środowisko

Solutions have been used to increase user comfort,
savings and reduce the building's impact on the environment

© Jakub Nobis, Jakub Nowicki

Our project is a response to the growing problem of declining bee populations worldwide. It will enable symbiosis with humans.
The concept is to locate three two-chamber hives in the east wall. As a bee colony, the Krain breed (apis Mellifera carnica), generally considered one of the most gentle, was chosen.

budynek jest energooszczędny oraz przyjazny naturze

the building is energy-efficient and nature-friendly

© Jakub Nobis, Jakub Nowicki

In designing the adjacent garden, we used a number of melliferous plants:

  • malus sp. (apple tree),
  • prunus domestica (house plum),
  • myosotis palurtis (marsh forget-me-not),
  • tulip (tulip tree),
  • peony sp. (peony).

wykorzystano szeregroślin miododajnych

a number of melliferous plants were used

© Jakub Nobis, Jakub Nowicki

The facade panels will allow access to the interior of the hive, and the openings present in them will provide ventilation and access for the bees to the den.
The walls of the hive are insulated with polyurethane foam and mineral wool. In order to level out car vibrations, we used gravel on the driveway.

koncepcja zakładalokalizację trzech dwukomorowych uli w ścianie wschodniej

The concept assumes the location of three two-chamber hives in the east wall

© Jakub Nobis, Jakub Nowicki

Ecological solutions:

  • heat pump - reduces CO emissions, by 20% compared to gas boilers, efficiently heating the building,
  • green roof - microclimate, protection against heat loss, protection against excessive heating,
  • small windows in the north elevation provide natural ventilation,
  • large glazing provides access to daylight on the south side, allows natural heating of the building,
  • an overhanging arcade on the south wall allows access to light in winter and protection from the sun's rays in summer,
  • on the south side, deciduous trees are planted to protect from the rays in the summer and let them through during the winter, while coniferous trees are located on the north side to protect from heat loss.

schematy energetyczne

energy diagrams

© Jakub Nobis, Jakub Nowicki

  • the greenhouse plays the role of a buffer space, stores heat, the possibility of covering on sunny and warm days to reduce the impact of the sun,
  • the building is entirely glazed from the south, which provides long access to daylight,
  • the western wall offset from the building itself, in addition to supporting the roof serves as a beehive for bees,
  • the ground air heat exchanger supports the ventilation of the building, reduces the temperature fluctuations of the building, thus increasing its thermal comfort,
  • rainwater retention systems are also provided.

Jakub Nobis, Jakub Nowicki

Illustrations: © Authors

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