The house of the future is located at VIA Campus Horsens

VIA Campus Horsens - a self-sustaining house
The house of the future is 70 square metres, and 100 volunteers have helped build the house.
2½ years ago, nine students from six different study programmes at VIA University College in Horsens came up with the idea of building a 70 square metres self-sustaining house. The house finished in early October.

The students have called the project Building Tomorrow and the aim of the project is to prove that it is possible to build a house by using primarily recyclable materials which are both sustainable and advanced. And it was possible - with the help from, among others, 100 other students and 50 sponsors. 

The house is an off-the-grid house - which means that it is self-sustaining in terms of water, electricity and heating. The house is connected to a solar-cell system, and a wind turbine produces electricity. There are censors in the walls and roof of the house. These are connected to an intelligent computer system, and this makes it possible to monitor the energy-use of the house. 

The walls are made of 800 worn-out car tyres filled with 120 kilogrammes hard-rammed gravel. Below the roof is a water tank which collects rain water and passes it through to a big 1,000 litre tank. Here the water is cleaned before it is used inside the house. 

A great piece of work 

Vice-rector at VIA Campus Horsens, Konstantin Lassithiotakis, is impressed that the students have succeeded finishing the building project. He is proud on behalf of the students: 

"The students have done a great job. Through 2½ years, they have met many challenges and solved them in a professional manner. It’s been a process where they have learned along the way, and they have gained a lot of experience", says Konstantin Lassithiotakis and continues: 

"I am impressed with the students’ effort. Not least seen in the light of the fact that it is a house which challenges many common conventions. Their solutions are innovative and sustainable". 

Cross-curricular and smudged nails

At VIA's study programmes, the students practice their skills in cooperation with public and private authorities. The construction of the Building Tomorrow house is one such example: 

"After graduation our students have to live up to high demands from public and private employers. It is our task to give our students the best opportunities to succeed. This is why we gave them the chance to plan and construct the Building Tomorrow house", Konstantin Lassithiotakis explains and concludes: 

"This project is a showcase of cross-disciplinary cooperation. In addition, students have worked together across linguistic and cultural differences. Understanding what it takes to solve problems during a building project is certainly something our students can take with them". 

Do the theories work in practice

Darius Moravcik from VIA International Sales and Marketing Management is one the students who started the project in 2012: 

"When you do something for the first time, you can never be sure that it works. So now we are very excited to see how the solutions, which worked on the paper, work in real life", Darius Moravcik points out and continues: 

"It has been exciting to be a part of Building Tomorrow. When we started the project, we had the expectation that we would be able to build the house in 10 months with a budget of 60,000 kr. Instead, it took us 2½ years and the budget was 1,000,000 kr. - but it has been worth it all". 

If you want to know more 

Contact Darius Moravcik
E: darm@via.dk
T: +45 8755 4028 

About the project 

  • The budget for Building Tomorrow is approx. 1,000,000 kr. Insero has sponsored 500,000 kr. while sponsors have contributed with materials for the same amount. 
  • The house is 70 square metres. 
  • The house project was started in February 2012, and the house was officially opened on September 19th 2014. 
  • 100 volunteers have helped build the house. 
  • The house is divided into two parts. In the 'warm' part of the house there is a Green Wall - a vertical garden - where the indoor climate makes it possible to grow exotic plants, e.g. bananas, and vegetables. 
  • A missing building-permit was close to shutting down the project after six months. But the permit was granted with some help from Horsens Kommune and teachers at VIA. 

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