The social organisation 'Neunerhaus' saves water and costs with ECOTURBINO
The mini-turbines, which are installed between the tap and the shower hose in just a few simple steps, will in future not only ensure optimal water and energy efficiency in two residential buildings of the Viennese social organisation neunerhaus, but also considerable cost savings. 80 housing units for formerly homeless people – in neunerhaus Kudlichgasse and neunerhaus Billrothstraße – were equipped with small patented turbines, the so-called Ecoturbinos.
The use of the 80 Ecoturbinos will not only reduce water consumption by more than 1 million litres of water and operating costs by up to 6,400 Euros per year, but also reduce CO2 emissions by 13 tonnes and energy consumption by 41,000 kWh. The sustainable environmental project in neunerhaus was initiated by JTI Austria. The Ecoturbinos from the Upper Austrian Rabmer Group reduce water and energy consumption when showering by up to 40 percent – without any loss of comfort.
Money can be invested in further social projects
“The current initiative with our long-standing partner neunerhaus leads to considerable climate and environmental friendliness, which also reflects our sustainable corporate actions at all levels, and leads to immense cost savings. The money can thus be invested in further social projects to enable homeless people to live a self-determined life,” emphasises Ralf-Wolfgang Lothert, Director Corporate Affairs & Communication at JTI Austria.
“At neunerhaus, we have also been focusing on sustainability for years, not only in the orientation of the offers for our target group, but also in the construction and design of the living and common areas of our residential buildings. Our claim ‘Living as normal as possible’ thus also includes sustainable living,” says Daniela Unterholzner, neunerhaus managing director.
“We have been dealing with the topics of water and energy efficiency for a long time and rely on innovative technologies. This saves energy costs and makes a significant contribution to the environment,” explains Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, CEO of the Rabmer Group.
neunerhaus was founded in 1999 and is a social organisation in Vienna. neunerhaus enables homeless people at risk of poverty to live a self-determined and dignified life with medical care, housing and counselling. The aim is to help those affected to help themselves in order to improve their living situation in the long term. More than 600 formerly homeless people live in three neunerhaus residential buildings in over 250 flats throughout Vienna.
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Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, CEO of the Rabmer Group, and Ralf-Wolfgang Lothert, Director Corporate Affairs & Communication at JTI Austria, at the handover of the Ecoturbinos to neunerhaus with Barbara Klaar (house manager of neunerhaus in Kudlichgasse).