How is a smart design achieved?

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A smart energy design aims at creating a comfortable indoor climate, in a way that very little energy is needed to keep a comfortable indoor air temperature. Once the energy demand is reduced, efficient systems for securing the supply of the remaining energy are added to the system – preferably using renewable sources like solar energy to increase the independency on fossil fuels and minimise CO2 emissions.

This strategy is not only basis for legislation in various European countries and for many architects, it is also a very simple principle everyone will normally apply in every day’s life: In order to keep coffee at a warm temperature it is usually put into a thermos flask (which minimises the heat loss) rather than put on a heating plate (which would demand continuous heat supply).

The approach is commonly known as the Trias Energetica.