Commercial Use

Youth Hostel Punkl

Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia

Zugang zwischen imposanten Bäumen 1 | Zugang zwischen imposanten Bäumen
As the first wooden public building with low energy standard in Slovenia, the youth hostel is an excellent way to promote sustainable tourism in the region.
Design: The youth hostel is situated in a small park on a tree-covered hill above the town, also featuring an elementary school, a social work center, a library and several indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Two impressive trees frame the way to the reception area of the cubic building, housing sleeping accommodations and common spaces for up to 48 persons. As a modern landmark of the town, the hostel is also used for a variety of public uses.

Wood: The wood used for the construction was logged in the nearby and sustainably managed Pohorje Forest. The region is knows for its centuries of traditional spruce building culture. The youth hostel translates and reinterprets the regional building culture by using cross-laminated timber. The timber is featured in a loadbearing role (panel construction) and the facade design.

Energy: The building was planned to achieve a primary energy demand of 22 kWh/m²a and thus Passive House standard. According to current monitoring results, the youth hostel has a higher heating energy demand. The building still features relatively low energy costs, which along with the pleasant ambiance make it an exemplary public building.
Schlafraum 2 | Schlafraum
Außenansicht bei Nacht 3 | Außenansicht bei Nacht
Flur 4 | Flur
Aufenthaltsraum 5 | Aufenthaltsraum
Basic information
Year of Completion |  2011
Investor |  Board for Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Activities, Ravne na Koroškem (SI)
Architecture |  Arrea, arhitektura d. o. o., Ljubljana (SI)
Structural Engineering |  CBD d.o.o., Ljubljana (SI)
Construction Time |  4 months
Number of floors |  2
Plot size |  1,574.60 m²
Gross floor area |  534.70 m²
Construction Costs (netto) |  1 340 €/m²
Awards |  i.a. National Award for Best Wood Building 2013 (Category Public Buildings); Constructive Alps Award 2015 (nominated)

Technical aspects
Concept |  Timber panel construction with cross-laminated timber (spruce)
Woodworking |  Smreka d.o.o., Gornji Grad (SI); Façade elements: Kograd Interier d.o.o., Šentjanž pri Dravogradu (SI)
Origin of Timber, Certification |  Pohorje Forest (SI), FSC certificate
Traceability of Timber |  Locally cut and processed wood
Forestry Value Chain |  Processing, production, and construction exclusively by local companies
Energy Efficiency Standard |  C (Slovenia)
Energy Systems |  Air-to-water heat pump, ventilation with heat recovery (efficiency of 90%)
Energy Consumption  |  37.9 kWh/m²a heating energy demand
U-Value Wall | Roof | Floor | Windows (W/(m²K)) |  0.122 | 0.085 | 0.082 | < 1.00

Circular Economy Energy Efficiency

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