Münster association for student affairs passive house settlement: Europe's largest passive house settlement

The Münster Studierendenwerk (Association for Student Affairs) sets new standards for student housing with the newly built residential complex in Boeselagerstrasse. The complex is one of the largest passive house settlement in Europe and offers 535 inhabitants both low-priced and attractive living spaces.

In Münster, on a construction site covering approximately 2.6 hectares, an old, student housing complex from the '70s with 720 apartments that could not be renovated was demolished and replaced by a new settlement. The four new buildings were realised to passive house standard and contain 447 dwellings that are designed for individuals and for student couples, for families and house shares.

Engine for progress:

  • currently the largest passive house settlement realised in Europe
  • highly efficient building insulation and heat recovery
  • a high degree of living comfort at affordable prices
  • structural consideration of future subsequent use options

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Photo: KlimaExpo.NRW

From the outside, what especially makes the four stand-alone building units stand out is their striking colour scheme. The original construction design was not based on the passive house construction method. As a result, the buildings do not have the ideal orientation as regards sunlight. Nevertheless, the high quality demands for passive houses are fulfilled here.

Living with exemplary character

In order to cover the heating energy requirements of the apartments in as eco-friendly a manner as possible, eight geothermal systems were incorporated to pre-heat the room air. These are fed through 24 boreholes at depths of up to 130 metres. In addition to this, an automatic ventilation system with integrated heat recovery ensures sufficient ventilation in the interior of the building. Because of this highly efficient system, up to 90 per cent of the thermal energy from the waste airflow is transferred to the incoming fresh air using heat exchangers. A district heating connection heats water for household use and also provides an additional option for room heating if required.

Sustainably thought out

The striking colours of the individual building units mark the innovative character of the residential complex and also provide an eye-catching sight for the future. The buildings are also designed to be completely barrier-free (house entrances, letterbox systems, refuse containers, bathrooms) and can, therefore, be re-purposed (in the future) as apartments for seniors in the case of falling student numbers.

Photo:Studierendenwerk Münster AöR

The new residential complex is leading the way for modern and climate-conscious student housing. With the concept for a flexible floorplan, it also offers sustainable perspectives regarding demographic change for mixed living forms in a multi-generational quarter."

Achim Wiese, Acting Managing Director

Partners and sponsors

  • Studierendenwerk Münster

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