Groundbreaking ceremony for a new form of housing: (from left) Daniel Kühner (planner), Angelika Mock (architect), Harald Mansi, Martin Okrslar, Ingo Hildenbrand (site manager), Christian Erhard (contractor) and Frank Dressler (architect). Photo: rudder © rudder
With the construction of a multi-generational house by the "Maro-Genossenschaft", the "housing turnaround" is initiated in Wielenbach. A lot of living space is created in a small area, which also generates its own electricity and is heated in an environmentally friendly way with a heat pump.
Wielenbach – Thursday, May 25, 2023, is a date that will go down in Wielenbach's history. On this day, at 15 p.m., representatives of the municipality, Maro cooperative and those involved in the construction met for the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at the corner of Krottenkopfstraße and Weilheimer Straße, where a social and ecological housing complex is being built. Until now, it was customary in villages like Wielenbach to build only single-family houses, at most semi-detached houses, as Mayor Harald Mansi said in his welcoming address. Now he is happy to see his idea become reality after five years of preparation.
Lots of living space in a small area
The essence of the residential complex is that a lot of living space is created in a small area. This is achieved by the design. Above a common basement, two houses with three living levels will be built, in which 25 are two- to four-room apartments. 18 of the apartments are subsidized, and the cold rent is therefore between 4.50 and 6.50 euros per square meter per month, depending on the income of the residents. In addition, according to the chairman of the Maro cooperative, Martin Okrslar, there are the ancillary costs, which are deliberately kept low.
Electricity is generated on the roofs of photovoltaic systems with a peak power of 77 kilowatts, it is consumed by the tenants themselves and used to operate a heat pump that draws its heat from groundwater. According to Okrslar, the pump prefers to run on its own solar power during the day and stores the heat for the night in a buffer tank.
For cost reasons, there is no two-storey underground car park
In order to save costs, a two-storey underground car park and thus some parking spaces were dispensed with. There is a parking space for each apartment on one level, and there are also bicycle parking spaces for all residents. In order to replace second cars, two cars from "Carsharing Pfaffenwinkel" will be stationed at the residential complex, which can be used by all tenants. In addition, there is no caretaker. The residents take care of the work themselves.
According to Mansi, the residential complex, which according to the plan costs a good ten million euros, is a social project with the aim of creating affordable housing. When renting, preference is given to citizens from Wielenbach and the surrounding area. They get a right of residence for life. There is a common room for all residents as well as a guest apartment. With the construction of the residential complex, contributions will be made to the heat transition, the energy transition, the mobility transition and, through space-saving construction, also to the housing transition. Currently, there are still four apartments available.
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