More than one kilometre of pipes and advanced control technology is required to ensure that this dream house remains comfortable regardless of the near-arctic Finnish weather conditions. The family home of NHL ice hockey star Sami Kapanen is both comfortable and easy to use.
Kapanen's log house on the shore of Lake Kallavesi emphatically delivers on high standards and modern solutions. However, the best features are hidden away, even from the residents. The goal is that the advanced building services in the house work without being noticed.
Kapanen's Honka log house is one of the largest private detached houses to be built in Finland. The three-storey house has almost 600 square metres of floor space. Including the cellars, it has more than 1,000 square metres.
Large houses require suitably large easy to use HVAC systems. The house is heated and cooled using geothermal heat pumps. The house has a total of seven separate piping systems: the ventilation and heating system, the underfloor heating for the wet areas, the air conditioning system, the underfloor heating and cooling system, the domestic water system, the sewer and wastewater system and the central vacuum cleaning system. The house required four times as much material as a normal detached house, according to Sami Merasto, Regional Sales Manager for Eastern Finland.
Ventilation is handled by a total of four machines. The plastic ventilation ducts that were installed would be enough to cater for several normal detached houses. The ventilation ducts are mostly insulated Uponor plastic pipes. Heat is distributed throughout the house by water-based underfloor heating. One of the two underfloor heating loops in the house can also provide cooling when required. The underfloor heating and cooling pipes are supplied by Uponor's DEM control system.
Kapanen's house has five toilets, a large sauna and a bathroom. The house's domestic water system was implemented using Uponor's PEX and composite pipes.
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