|Industry||Unique wood-glass prefabricated houses|
|Headquarters||Hartenfels, Westerwald, Germany|
|Key people||Georg Huf (CEO)|
|Revenue||€ 84 million (2007)|
Huf Haus is a German company based in Hartenfels in the Westerwald region that manufactures prefabricated houses. Huf Haus is the world's leading company in selling houses in the Bauhaus tradition based on the German Fachwerk ("Frame House"). The construction allows individual floor plans, including for office buildings. Huf houses are available as zero-energy buildings.
In 1912, Johann Huf founded a carpentry workshop in the small village of Krümmel in the Westerwald. A year later, the enterprise moved to Hartenfels. In 1948 his son Franz Huf took over management of the enterprise, and enlarged it to a supra-regional provider of carpenter's works, e. g. churches in the Rhineland, the large post administration office in Bonn (1950) as well as the German and Arabic pavilions at Expo 58. The so-called "Huf Fachwerkhaus 2000" was designed in 1972 together with the architect Manfred Adams. The principles of this construction are still the standard in all Huf houses. Since 1996, grandsons Georg and Thomas Huf have led the company and brought the products to the world market. They also established "The Huf Haus Village", a collection of Huf family houses, which represent the possibilities of building Huf houses.
On 20 September 2011, Thomas Huf died aged 51.
New, more efficient designs
Near the end of 2009, Huf Haus started new designed houses which they call "evolutionary" in its post-and-beam architecture but "revolutionary" in energy efficiency.
Because the expressive symbiosis of wood and glass finds recognition at major international architecture and design competitions, and among Huf Haus clients, who also acknowledge that it can be individually designed, the main stylistic elements have not changed.
By way of contrast the changes in energy efficiency are called "revolutionary" by Huf. Despite the generous use of glass the Huf Haus houses require only a heating rate of 34 W/m2 (at Hartenfels, Germany). The main reasons are:
- All constructional wood elements are fitted with a heat-insulation layer put together at the factory - this reduces thermal bridges.
- The already well-insulated walls have been redesigned. The walls are thicker now and their depth can be varied depending on the climatic region. The material used is tailored to the location, so that an adequate heat insulation is achieved.
- The glass walls have 51 mm triple glazing with a heat transfer coefficient (U-value) of 0.6 W/m2K.
- Home technology is based on a heat pump, electronically regulated heating systems, under floor heating pipes laid very closely together, a highly efficient ventilation system and independent domestic hot water pumps, so that the independent heating system can be switched off during the summer months.
- A large photovoltaic system across nearly the whole roof.
The company delivers around the world and they restrict their production to 200 houses a year to keep the unique character of the houses. Of these, about 50 a year are exported to the United Kingdom (UK). As a result, an independent "Huf Haus owners' club" has been established there. Since 2009 the official sales office for the US market has been dotGreen Inc., based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Huf Haus products have won several architectural prizes, including:
- 1977 "Haus des Jahres" (house of the year) by the government of Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany;
- 2002 Housing Design Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects, UK;
- 2001, 2009 Deutscher Solarpreis (German Solar Award - a prize for the best project on renewable energy in Germany) by EUROSOLAR e. V. in Bonn, Germany;
- 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 prize of "The National HomeBuilder Design Awards". This house in Walton-on-Thames in the United Kingdom has also been featured on the Channel 4 programme Grand Designs.
- Wall, Barbara (2005-12-11). "Do-it-yourself dreams at an affordable price". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- Bradbury, Dominic; Luscombe-Whyte, Mark (2008-10-08). "Huf Haus: Leader of the flatpack". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
- Channel 4 description, 2012-02-18
- Sissons, Maia (2006-09-19). "Enter the space age". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
- Notice of death in Rhein-Zeitung and Obituary, retrieved 2011-10-15.
- See Huf Haus special homepage
- Anette Rehm: Das besondere Haus : Green (r)evolution von HUF HAUS. In: Geld-Magazin, 2009-16-11.
- "Huf Haus owners' club". Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- dotGreen Inc.
- "Housing Design Award Winners". Royal Institute of British Architects. 27 June 2002. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- Strom Magazin: EUROSOLAR vergibt Deutschen Solarpreis 2001
- Eurosolar: Plaketten 2009
- "National HomeBuilder Design Awards 2004: Commendation for Best Interior Design". Home Design Awards. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- "Walton: Huf Haus". Grand Designs. Channel 4. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
Media related to Huf Haus at Wikimedia Commons
- (German) Huf, Franz und Adams, Manfred: Von Generationen für Generationen. Bd. 1 Franz Huf: "Mein Leben für das Unternehmen". 163 S. mit zahlr. Ill. u. graph. Darst.; Bd. 2 Manfred Adams: "Mein Leben für die Architektur". 167 S. mit zahl. Ill. u. graph. Darst. Hartenfels: Edition Huf Haus 2002. ISBN 3-00-008929-2.