An autonomous bio-ecological greenhouse? Now that may raise some questions - to most of which we try to answer in our FAQ section below. Is there still something else you would like to know? Ask us via the form and maybe you will see a reply popping up in this section soon.
On the contrary ...
We made some calculations purely on the basis of the house itself (without the price of land). This way you can see that the greenhouse is barely more expensive than the classic compact house and that after a couple of years you have recuperated the additional charge. With the rising energy prices this recuperating effect is only accelerated. Even more so: it is the intention to create an energy surplus. Once in this situation we can reconnect to the network and offer this energy – preferably to the underprivileged or people who can use it best.
That's an unjust fear ...
A question that ventilates an unjust fear people have, probably from bad experiences with plastic cupolas in annexes or porches. There the rain can really patter on the glass. That is not the case in the greenhouse: you can compare the sound of the rain with the rain on a windshield. That is a much softer sound. We ourselves actually enjoy it, even more so, it has a calming effect. You at least know you are consciously and fully living in harmony with nature.
Yes, that is perfectly feasible. We ourselves completely played the solar energy card but geothermal heating techniques can also offer a solution.
Certainly. Several houses or residential flats in one conservatory or greenhouse next to a greenhouse is perfectly possible.
Actually not ...
Actually not, as long as you honour the bio-ecological and energetic principles and endorse the thought of circular construction. But apart from that you can choose whatever style you like.
Of course, why not? It will not rain in there. We do not have one ourselves, or not yet, but we also dream about it: it must be lovely to put on the kitchen apron outside.
Not really. 20 centimetres should do.
Technically there are no guidelines or there are no real restrictions. We just do not think it makes much sense to build up to 20 cm from the glass wall. At least one metre for plants seems appropriate to us, which totally fits within the concept.
That will be up to your local urban planning services.
Like we did when asked about the surface to be used, we have to address that question to urban planning services of the city or municipality you want to build in. Naturally we would like to help you with your application and file.
That will always depend on the regulations of the urban planning services.
That will always depend on the regulations of the urban planning services where you want to build, as that is the case with a classic house. We work together with a specialised law firm that verifies the building regulations with the authorities. In any case, we will always sort out all this with you.
Absolutely. Nature leaves us an endlees array of possibilities!
Of course you will. It’s a case of unknown, unloved. If you really explore the amount of infinite raw materials, you will find a whole new world of options: minerals or ceramics, for example, offer a range of stylish finishing possibilities. Everything is possible. As long as you do not dream of a cast floor in polyethurane.
Well, pretty much like in any other greenhouse.
To this end, we are advised by an organisation specialised in maintenance of food forests. Together we choose for a healthy mix of apples, pears, herbs, berries, … For irrigation we have our own water supply. A part of the plants are grown outside of the conservatory, and the plants within the conservatory survive like other plants survive in a conservatory.
Of course. Let your imagination go wild!
Well spotted! Indeed, there is a beautiful space on the roof where you will not get wet when it rains. We painted the roof white ourselves, but some day … Naturally, you can use the space on the roof the way you want. Chill or lounge, or, when you fence it off: a playground for the children, for example?
Sure. We even made our calculations on the extremely dry summer of 2018.
A fear which was prompted by the exceptional hot summer of 2018. What people forget is that the preceding months were exceptionally wet. The rainwater tanks were still completely full when summer began. We didn’t live there yet but even based on very broad calculations in terms of consumption we had capacity left in our water tanks.
Nothing much differs from using the regular home connection.
In our autonomous bio-ecological greenhouse we start from a green mindset and we would like to assume our clients do the same. You will not be able to iron, start the dishwasher, wash your clothes and do some cooking on your stove at the same time using your regular home connection. Naturally we chose for the least consuming energy classes and where possible for appliances that start up slowly (our pumps for instance).
No worries: the glass of our greenhouse is as strong as that of your car's windshield.
The roof consists of laminated glass. That is as strong as a car’s windshield. You have as much chance of broken glass as with a car and that is very rare. The side walls are made of single glazing of which the bottom two metres are hardened. The risks of glass breakage are not bigger than with your car or in your house.
Think again. Do keep in mind that our greenhouse is used for living and working.
Indeed, our building does not seem hyper compact, but it is designed as a show house, living and working space. Thus, two offices have been integrated, taking into account a total of four persons and a conference room for eight persons. Together with our children there are seven residents. Our building shows the full package on an open area. Building compactly with a concept like Kaseco is perfectly possible: also for co-housing, apartment buildings, residential blocks, etc., we offer a solution.
Remember: we live in the house, not in the greenhouse. We are not worried about the hours of sleep we will be getting.
Just like we did being asked about heat and cold, we should first answer that we live in the house and not in the greenhouse. We can simply darken the rooms in the house. Furthermore, the concept is about living with light: we want to enjoy natural light as much as possible (and not make light ourselves).
Not at all. Remember: we live in the house, not in the greenhouse.
Indeed, the greenhouse will mainly follow the outside temperature but, just like we emphasized when being asked about the heat: we live within the house, not within the greenhouse. The house itself is designed in such a way that it warms up very slowly and cools off very slowly. By the time the house is really cooled off, dawn breaks and we can enjoy the heat of the sun – even in winter.
Once a year. By a specialised company, using just water.
You might think of all the windows to be cleaned. However you should not compare the greenhouse’s glass parts with, say, your kitchen window being fogged up or greasy by oils or fats. Obviously, the glass partitions do collect some dust and a leaf will stick to it sometime or we are the target of a bird that lets everything run free. Just like a car standing outside. Therefore the greenhouse and the glass will be thoroughly maintained once a year by a specialised company. Cleaning is only done with water by the way.
Not warmer than in any other house.
Yes, it will be hot in the greenhouse. But do not forget that we don’t live in the greenhouse, but in the house within the greenhouse – a remark we also make when being asked about the cold.
The greenhouse is ventilated by opening the ridges in combination with cooled air from Canadian wells under the ground. Like most people we stay outside in the shade or inside the house in the cooled space when it’s hot. The trick is to keep the doors and windows of the house closed so that the water pump can do its job. Furthermore we will sleep downstairs, in the rooms staying cool that way.