Danhaus: Intelligent homes for the future
Text: Nane Steinhoff | Photos © Danhaus
D anhaus has stood for Nordic architecture, innovative energy-saving concepts and special savoir-vivre for decades. Today, each individually planned Danhaus is equipped with special polar insulation which, in combination with intelligent home technology, caters for extremely low energy consumption and best sound insulation due to solid exterior brick cladding.
Scandinavian savoir-vivre and design has become increasingly popular and is associated with feelings of comfort and warmth. This especially holds true for the prefab house sector. Thus, the prefabricated house manufacturer Danhaus decided to combine Nordic architecture with cosiness and modern energy-saving technology.
It all started on a vacation to Denmark, where the Danhaus founders got the inspiration for enriching the German building landscape with Scandinavian ambiance. Enchanted by Nordic country home style and the many positive qualities of natural wood, they designed a timber-framed house concept that has been enthusiastically used by thousands of people.
“Through further developing our innovative insulation technology, Danhaus is the only German company that builds at the polar circle today,” says Bastian Erben, managing director of Danhaus. This polar insulation, in combination with high-performance heat pump heating systems, turns the Danhaus into an extremely energy-efficient ‘1Liter-Haus!’. This means that, depending on the heat pump and the house model, a Danhaus only uses between 0.8 and 1.5 litres of heating oil per square metre and per year.
Interested families can experience the authentic Danhaus feeling in one of the company’s 14 stylish model homes all over Germany, from Cologne and Berlin to Munich in Bavaria. For example, the new Danhaus model ‘Kronshagen’ can be visited in the model home exhibition ‘FertighausWelt’ in Günzburg near Ulm. It keeps in line with current trends and comprises a high knee wall, a gallery and a cathedral ceiling in the attic. The well-structured floor plan guarantees spacious living on both levels. From the open staircase to the living area, the parents’ bedroom with dressing room and own bath with sauna: this Danhaus has exceptionally beautiful details. Furthermore, it is also equipped with the 1Liter-Haus! technology and thus, worries about increasing energy prices are not an issue for the building owner.
Another prime example of a home from Danhaus is its ‘Engelsby’ model. This 1Liter-Haus! comprises a 44-centimetre-thick ‘polar wall’ that enables low energy consumption and exceptional underfloor heating that is fed by an outdoor air heat pump. And, of course, just like the other models, it can also be individualised with different additions or furnishings, such as a sauna or a conservatory.
Danhaus’ 15th model home will also soon be revealed. Boris Erben, marketing director at Danhaus, smiles: “Our anniversary house will be built in Bad Vilbel near Frankfurt in 2017/2018 and will open just in time for our 40th anniversary in 2018. There, we will showcase Scandinavian design of the highest level. Therefore, we start off our 40th anniversary of business operations with a fantastic project and look forward to presenting an entirely new line in Germany.”
Danhaus not only uses authorised, building biological and ecologically flawless building materials. As a reliable, supporting member of the ‘Bundesverband Deutscher Fertigbau e.V.’ (BDF) and the ‘Bundesgütegemeinschaft Deutscher Fertigbau’, Danhaus is periodically reviewed by the ‘Qualitätsgemeinschaft Deutscher Fertigbau’ through continuous quality control in the factory and at the building sites. Furthermore, all building components meet European quality standards and are equipped with the CE label.
Today, Danhaus employs around 165 employees in Germany and Denmark. In Flensburg, Germany, the team handles everything from the design and planning drawings to the building projects’ commercial processing, while the prefabricated houses get manufactured at the production plant in Denmark. It is the most modern and most efficient production plant of its kind in northern Europe. All in all, Danhaus is simply the perfect combination of Danish wood processing expertise and German engineering.
Happy clients speak for themselves.
For almost 40 years, Danhaus has produced individually planned houses with distinctive Scandinavian flair in Germany, Scandinavia and Russia. Not only the company’s long-term experience speaks for the successful company, but also their clients’ high satisfaction levels. Thus, Danhaus collects their respective experiences, personal feedback, online diaries, as well as numerous construction reports and client blogs on the company website so that you can get inspired.
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