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Clever living

This concerns a package of residential project parameters, which meet the definition of smart living as a whole. As well as preparation for intelligent systems, which stand out most thanks to their name, other properties include green living (environmentally friendly and considerate to the owners’ financial potential), consideration of safety, all public amenities within walking distance of the project (schools, nursery schools, medical clinic, authorities, entertainment, sport, etc.) and also a location just several steps from public transport and particularly near the metro.


 

We essentially divided the Smart Living concept into five mutually interconnected segments:  ecology and energy, health and safety, modern technologies, the right price and services within reach, which jointly affect our clients’ satisfactory living.

You can find out more on the website at www.chytre-bydleni.com.

 

Where now

You can find a summary of the developer projects currently being sold on the Current project page. The detailed parameters of the new apartments, including prices, are available in the price list. More detailed sales information can be obtained at our Sales Center or by using the contact information for our sales agents. If you are interested in information about our planned projects, this is available in the Planned section. Reference buildings, which we have completed in the past, can be found on the Realised projects page.


 
 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

GENERAL

How does the Trigema Clever Living concept differ from the products offered by other developers and why is it clever?

The concept offers multiple benefits simultaneously and integrates them into a single product.
Trigema Clever Living is the concept of a range of new apartments, which strives to maintain the level of delivered quality. Whether this concerns an apartment in Prague or anywhere else in the Czech Republic. It differs from the competition mainly due to a mix of important factors, which are linked to housing and correspond to the set price. The smart aspect consists of the balanced combination of necessary elements, which the client expects in the apartment.

Our competitors usually gamble on a limited number of housing advantages. Sometimes this is the price, elsewhere the location, which may mean that the subsequent housing is imbalanced. We try to deliver a balanced package of all elements, which affect our clients’ satisfactory living.

We constantly test the used procedures, solutions and standards and develop them according to the requirements of our clients and development of new technologies.

How and when will I see a return on my investment into Clever Living?

The answer depends on the type of client asking this question.
This mainly depends on what type of client you are. From the aspect of financial costs, you can save a substantial amount by using modern technologies. You will certainly appreciate savings thanks to recuperation of air or regular assessment of intelligent control applications in the apartment, where you can monitor consumption of individual utilities.

The saved time, which you would otherwise spend travelling to work or to obtain services, can also be expressed in money. The value of our apartments increases over time, which means this is also a good financial investment. All mistakes (inappropriate location, absence of technologies, execution, etc.) affect the value of the apartment over the following 10 – 15 years and are reflected in the interest of potential buyers.

Clients sensitive to the quality of housing praise the healthier and safer environment, with stable air humidity, without allergens or pollens. Living in our apartments is also more comfortable thanks to controls for individual elements, such as heating, air regulation, blinds, lighting, electric appliances, etc.

Clients who seek out an urban environment are guaranteed contact with the real city. Access to the centre of the city is not just an empty term for us. We endeavour to choose the location of Smart Living projects with emphasis on the safety of both you and your children. Schools and nursery schools are therefore located near our projects and the range of available public amenities is supplemented by opportunities for shopping and other available services.

The return on your investment into Smart Living is then expressed by the term “Satisfactory living”. We offer our clients a choice of several options for how their apartment can pay off their life-long investment.

How would you explain to me why I should invest into a Smart Living apartment instead of a low-cost new build or second-hand?

When purchasing a new build you do not need additional funds for essential renovation, which is often unavoidable.
Investment into a new build currently guarantees a profit from the aspect of investment. Most older properties often require considerable funds for renovation and the price of such apartments subsequently rises. Older properties and cheaper new builds then lose value over time, because the buildings undergo renovation and technologies are replaced. This may often increase the price of these properties by several times.

Will I save on the costs for running the apartment if the apartment contains more equipment requiring maintenance?

To make savings on the costs for running the apartment means living responsibly. Additional costs for maintenance are unavoidable, but they are not that high and such savings must be compared to their added value.
It is impossible to guarantee that you will save on direct costs for running the apartment in the future, or that when monitoring your household accounts you will rate your financial balance as positive after a specific period. Trigema Smart Living is capable of guaranteeing that you will save time, as a result of which you will be able to engage in activities that you enjoy or that earn you money.

Can some Clever Living components be cancelled (e.g. ventilation)?

Trigema Clever Living components cannot be cancelled, but you do not have to use them.
Some Trigema Smart Living components are always supplied with the apartment - this always depends on the specific Smart Living category. There is no need to cancel them if you don’t want them, you simply do not have to use them. But this would actually be a shame, because they are capable of simplifying your use of the apartment. Some components are supplied as integral to the apartment (e.g. the forced ventilation system). If you really insist on cancelling them, there is nothing simpler than switching them off.

Ecology and energy

Why has the ecology and energy of apartment buildings become so important recently?

With regard to legislative support of economical use of energy and its environmental impact, the energy used by apartment buildings has become a society-wide topic.
We all probably concentrate on buying the most economical appliance when purchasing one. And this should also apply to real estate. A low-energy building will save much more money than a single appliance for example.

The energy efficiency passport (EEP) has become a sort of certificate that an apartment building meets legislative standards for energy consumption. The state thereby supervises the quality of construction, and the efficient use of energy and non-renewable resources during construction of new buildings. Society-wide interest thereby complies with the investor’s interests and is directly reflected in the apartment’s utility value.

The passport includes all energy that can be influenced by the architectural and engineering design of the building, i.e. heating, preparation of hot water, cooling, ventilation, humidity modification and artificial lighting. The passport does not include for example so-called socket electricity, i.e. how many electric appliances one has in the apartment or office, or energy consumed outside the building, i.e. heating water in the outdoor pool, or outdoor lighting in the car park.

The estimated consumption of gas, electricity and possibly other fuels can be deducted here. The pie chart of energy bearers also shows the volume of free energy used, such as thermal energy in the soil or outdoor air in relation to heat pumps, possibly solar energy in thermal collectors or photovoltaic elements. In order to calculate costs per year simply take the usual prices per kWh for individual energy bearers and use the pie chart to calculate them. It is the same as calculating the costs for running a car. The consumer receives information about petrol consumption, however, the constantly changing prices of fuel mean that the consumer must calculate consumption himself to establish running costs.

The EEP also contains a new blue scale, which portrays the environmental impact of running the building. This scale therefore shows not only the energy efficiency of the building, but also takes into consideration how environmentally friendly the used fuel is. For instance heating using electricity has a very high negative environmental impact in the Czech Republic, on the contrary heating using biomass has minimum impact. As is usual, class A has the lowest level of impact and class G the highest level of negative impact.

What does it mean for me, as the owner of an apartment unit, that the building is very efficient?

The building’s energy efficiency passport and its classification can provide you with approximate information about annual costs for the energy consumed by the building.
A building’s energy efficiency passport is not just a simple energy label. As well as specification of the energy class, the passport also includes a graph of co-called “proportions of energy bearers in relation to the supplied energy” – this is an expression of the proportions of individual energy inputs (gas, electricity, solar energy, etc.). This information is used to determine the measurable energy consumption and the prices of the individual energies can then be used to approximately calculate the annual costs for heating the building. For comparison: in the case of energy class B family houses the annual costs for energy consumption range at around 51 to 97 kWh per m2. However, the annual energy consumption for class C is 98 to 142 kWh and actually over 286 kWh for class G.

How can I tell high-quality insulation from poor quality insulation?

The best way is to obtain information at our Sales Center.
How advantageousness of the insulation is primarily demonstrated by the energy audit, which should contain recommendations and economic assessment of economical measures. You can obtain information about how the company constructing the building is approaching individual phases of construction during construction of the specific property. The sales agent or client change employee will acquaint you, as the client, with the specific quality of the insulation according to the project documentation at the very beginning of the purchase procedure.

There are several types of insulation system on the market. Foam polystyrene is used most often as an insulating material and is very popular with investors thanks to its properties. As well as having good thermal insulation properties, it is also strong, easy to shape and ecological.

Are natural and high-quality materials important? Are these terms not too abstract?

Clever Living apartments “breathe” thanks to natural materials (wood, suitable tiles, etc.).
The structures of individual Clever Living apartments “breathe” thanks to use of natural materials, which limit the probability of moulds and other harmful microorganisms occurring. This prevents unpleasant respiratory infections and lung cancer. Natural materials may include wood or suitable tiles for example. On the contrary, when preparing construction of Clever Living projects we avoid use of slag, which sometimes appears in construction blocks and building foundations.

What are you doing to remain environmentally friendly?

You can find a basic summary of steps promoting improvement of the environment below.
Clever Living projects reduce costs for energy consumption and the volume of harmful CO2 emissions by several times, by using an even greater level of insulation and assuring the building’s increased energy efficiency. We recycle building material and simultaneously strive to minimise transport of such material so that the impact on surrounding development and the environment itself is as small as possible.

THE RIGHT PRICE

What should I imagine under the concept of “the right price”?

The simplest explanation is that this is the highest ratio of performance expected from the apartment divided by its price. This ratio should always be the highest possible when objectively compared to the competition.
The right price covers several factors related to a specific project. Key factors include location, high quality standards, the used technologies and material, public amenities, etc. The high-quality execution of project documentation at the every beginning of the project, services related to purchase of the real estate and finally landscaping all also affect the final price.

Do you really not provide discounts?

Yes, we try to set the prices correctly when we launch sale of the apartments.
We try to set the prices so that they are affordable and simultaneously correspond to the quality of the project, right from the beginning of sales. Any correction is then a matter of the influence of the market or possibly use of more modern technologies.

Services within reach

What does “Services within reach” mean?

Having all public amenities within reach in the area surrounding the project is one of the things that has a direct impact on satisfactory living.
In our concept this concerns the location where our new projects originate. We try to ensure that the buildings are not built somewhere outside town “in the middle of a field”, or conversely, where there isn’t even enough space to park properly. We build everywhere where public amenities and transport infrastructure have been developed. You will find schools, health centres, authorities, post offices, as well as restaurants, coffee shops and shops near our Smart Living projects. And we also take green areas into consideration, which is why we make sure that you can comfortably reach a forest park, forest, or at least a municipal park from your home. Green areas are also sometimes an integral element of some Clever Living projects.

How can Smart Living actually guarantee that there will always be sufficient services in the surrounding area?

There are schools, health centres, restaurants, coffee shops and of course shops near our Clever Living projects. Shops and business premises are often also an integral element of our complexes.
This is proven by our Smart apartments, CLB@Letňany, JRM@Lužiny, KLR@Plzeň or BLV@Horní Měcholupy residential projects. This means that it will really only take you a couple of minutes to get some basic foodstuffs, or go to the chemists, cash machine or flower shop. The public will also find restaurants, a robotic winery or the Trifot sculpture by David Černý within the SMART complex. Of course the entire concept places emphasis on public space. Children’s playgrounds, benches and other furniture, and even bee houses or a gallery of modern photography are a matter of course in some Smart Living projects.

The concept also considers the surrounding green areas in the form of municipal parks or forest parks. All this affords new quality and additional opportunities for spending your leisure time in the local area.

How can I tell that the location you are improving is really that great?

We leave assessment of the location up to the subjective feelings of our clients. However, the locations we build our projects in have all the necessary services available within walking distance.
The location is as great as our client’s approach to it. Comparison of locations is a very subjective feeling to a specific degree. Some people prefer green areas, some dense development, some prefer direct contact with public transport and others prefer a family house in a satellite outside town. However, there is one factor that will allow you to objectively compare the locations in which the apartment you are considering is situated. This tool is time and the value expressed in the money you rate your free time at.

Then you simply calculate how much time you spend on public transport travelling to work, to enjoy your hobbies, to the shops, to the doctor, to nursery school with your children or to the park in search of entertainment or to other places.

MODERN TECHNOLOGY

Is the ventilation unit something like air-conditioning?

The systems are technologically similar, but each serves a different purpose.
Air-conditioning and forced ventilation systems are technologically similar, but differ in some crucial aspects. Both of them assure that air is exchange, but both have a different purpose of use.

Air-conditioning draws in air from outdoors (it must supply at least 15% fresh air), which it filters, modifies the temperature and humidity of to the required values and uses ventilators to transport it to the required places. Large air-conditioning systems are also potentially used to remove heat by means of circulating water. Air-conditioning automatically maintains constant conditions (mainly temperature) regardless of the outdoor environment.

Forced ventilation systems with heat recuperation serve to ensure optimum air exchange within the building and simultaneously minimise heat loss during ventilation. Heat loss as a result of ventilation in normal apartments, where ventilation is assured using a micro-ventilation system or window apertures, forms up to 40% of total heat loss in the building. However, we must realise that this is not a heating system, but simply assurance of the required air exchange with minimum heat loss. This is why you must naturally also include an independent heating system with heat source in the building.

What is recuperation and how does it work?

Recuperation is recuperation of heat from waste air and subsequent transfer of this heat to fresh air.
The definition is simple: recuperation means obtaining heat from waste air and subsequently transferring this heat to the fresh cool air, which is then supplied to the residential area pre-heated.

The forced ventilation system with heat recuperation therefore consists of two basic parts: a recuperation unit and ventilation distribution pipeline. The pipeline is used to supply fresh air to the recuperation unit from outdoors and simultaneously draws off cooled waste (used in the interior) air from the recuperation unit.

The entire residential are is “interspersed” with the pipes in order to ensure sufficient distribution of fresh air and simultaneously also reliable exhaustion of waste air (from all the areas, but particularly an independent exhaust system from the WC, bathroom and kitchen).

Throughout the winter period fresh but cold air from outside is preheated through the heat exchange surface of the exchanger, using heat obtained from the waste air, which saves a substantial amount of energy for heating the building. This effect works the other way round in summer and helps to cool the building.

What is recuperation good for?

The advantages of air recuperation: savings in heating costs, improvement of air quality (no dust or allergens) and stable humidity, which prevents growth of mould and bacteria.
A substantial reduction of heating costs is usually given as the main advantage of forced ventilation with heat recuperation. This is essentially true. However, in order to achieve this, the owners of the apartment are required to be fairly responsible during its use. The investment into the recuperation system will only return very slowly if people do not adhere to correct use of the recuperation unit.

Improvement of air quality in the living areas is considered to be one clear advantage of a ventilation system with heat recuperation. Forced ventilation not only supplies sufficient fresh air, but this air is also filtered, free of dust and possibly other allergens depending on the type of filter used.

Forced ventilation also regulates optimum and more-or-less stable air humidity throughout the entire interior and prevents growth of moulds and bacteria.

How noisy is the recuperation system? Will it bother me?

The maximum noise level is between 30 and 45 dB(A), i.e. equivalent to quiet whispering.
Noise dampers are installed at several points in the ventilation system between the unit and living areas. In order to prevent transfer of vibrations from the unit, anti-vibration devices are also installed here. As a result of these measures the recuperation system generates noise at a max. level of 30 – 45 dB(A), which can be compared to quiet whispering.

After a brief period of getting used to living in an apartment with a ventilation unit in operation, you will soon not notice it running at all.

The recuperation unit revolutions can also be regulated, which reduces the noise level. During standard operation (output for standard air exchange) the unit essentially cannot be heard at all in the living areas.

Can the recuperation system be adjusted?

Yes, this is possible by using the control system.
The recuperation unit controls depend on the type of installed unit. Most units have a very simple and intuitive control system.

The control systems allow adjustment of the recuperation unit by means of a built-in control: this ensures both the required temperature of the supplied air and the air flow-through rate.

The unit is intended for constant ventilation in automatic mode, however some types can be set to several configurable modes – day / night; work days/ weekend; or summer / winter operation.

Why is it important to air the apartment regularly?

Optimum ventilation is also important for the purpose of reducing the effect of mould and dust.
Mould and dust weaken human immunity and promote allergies. Carbon dioxide worsens concentration and causes health problems. The source of this gas is respiration and gas appliances. Increased carbon dioxide levels can cause sleepiness and fatigue. When CO2 content in the air increases people can have headaches and sleep poorly. These difficulties may even escalate to nausea. Higher concentrations can also cause breathing difficulties. However, you must also ventilate to remove odours and harmful substances. Furniture, fabrics, toys and other fixtures and furnishings often release phthalates, brominated flame-retardants or formaldehyde.

Can the filter be cleaned? How often do I have to replace it and how much does it cost?

The filter must not be cleaned. It must be replaced.
The ventilation unit filter should not be cleaned, but must be replaced if necessary. A message on the control display notifies of the need to replace the filter. The replacement process is simple and is described in detail in the manual for use of the apartment.

After moving in and putting the ventilation system into operation, it is recommended that the filters in the recuperation unit be replaced at short intervals. A unit that struggles against “blocked” filters can suffer irreparable damage. Its value, or the value of repairs to the unit, is much higher than several hundreds for a new filter. We therefore recommend that you inspect the system for the first time after a month of use. Depending on the condition of the filters you will easily be able to estimate when and during which seasons the filters become blocked most quickly. On the basis of this experience you can then determine the replacement interval yourselves. The frequency of replacement of the filters depends on the level of pollution. It can be estimated that the filters will require replacement once every 12 months. The price of a new filter is around CZK 1,000. Complete replacement of filters, including work, ecological disposal of the old filters and maintenance of the recuperation unit costs approximately CZK 3,000.

Cleaning of the unit and recuperators should be left to a servicing organisation. The recommended interval is approx. 6 years. Do not try to otherwise disassemble the unit yourselves. It contains sensors and other electronics that are prone to damage.

Are there studies that would confirm or refute that your words are not just a marketing trick?

There are many studies.
There are several independent studies (for instance Efficacy of an air purifier on the concentration of airborne pollen – source), which investigate the link between allergies and the quality of interior air. Most of them point in the same direction: the need for a greater quantity of fresh air in our homes. There are also requirements for increased energy efficiency and recuperation of heat.

What is an intelligent apartment?

This is an apartment in which appliances can be controlled and the temperature or security can be regulated, all remotely using technologies.
An intelligent apartment chiefly affords the owner easy control over appliances, temperature and security regulation. Year by year we use more and more electrical appliances and more and more of them have internet access. Household automation interconnects all devices into a single system, which can be easily controlled using mobile devices or computers. This means that we do not require multiple separate controllers and also that individual devices can work with each other. For instance, if you switch the television on, the blinds will automatically come down and muted lighting will come on.

An intelligent apartment also means that the apartment can be controlled in a completely normal and traditional manner, or that these technologies can be completely switched off or not connected.

What is the difference between preparation for and fully-fledged intelligent apartment controls? And which do you offer?

Preparation means a basic built-in system. However, this can naturally be developed to launch it fully. The Clever Living Premium category includes delivery of intelligent apartment controls with connection of most important elements.
You can find preparation for and fully-fledged intelligent control of the apartment in our projects, it depends on the level at which the project is prepared. Trigema Clever Living Plus offers preparation as standard and Trigema Smart Living Premium offers fully-fledged controls.

The difference between individual levels is easy to describe. Preparation of the system means built-in basic elements for use (thermostatic heads, smoke sensor and others). When taking receipt of the apartment the client receives a central unit, which is capable of controlling the end devices. It is up to the client whether to put the system into operation or not. A completely fully-fledged system is supplied in operation, along with the maximum number of usable elements (thermostatic heads, smoke sensor, ventilation system, lights, audio/video, etc.).

What benefits will I have from an intelligent apartment?

The biggest benefit will be easier living, comfort, security, saved time and consideration of your purse.
Very simply and briefly we can say that the biggest benefit is simplification, comfort, safety, saved time and consideration of your purse. You can basically spend time on things you enjoy and leave everything else to your apartment.

There is an infinite number of practical examples:

An intelligent apartment regulates the temperature in each room separately. This means it achieves optimum consumption. The system responds to when you return from work, when you go to sleep and when you get up. Have you opened a window? Then the heating will automatically switch off.
An intelligent apartment recognises when the apartment needs airing and supplies fresh air shortly before you come home. It chooses whether to use the ventilation or air-conditioning system depending on the temperature outdoors.
Are you away and the sun is shining through your windows? Your apartment will cleverly regulate the blinds to shade the windows depending on the weather so you save on heating or air-conditioning costs. Is there a storm coming? The exterior blinds will rise automatically. Is the sun setting? The slats will rotate so that it doesn’t dazzle you. Has it gone dark? The blinds will descend and no one will see through your windows. Will you be getting up soon? An intelligent apartment will slowly let light into your room so that you find it easier to get up.
Are you in the mood for a romantic dinner or some home cinema? One press of the button will change the ambiance in the room thanks to lighting scenarios. Do you need the bathroom at night? Thanks to movement sensors you don’t need to search for the light switch; a muted light will accompany you without dazzling thanks to the intelligent systems. Are you going to sleep? You can switch all the lights off in the entire house with one press of the switch.
Don’t be afraid of leaving the cooker on, the washing machine leaking, a fire or theft. You will be notified of all these incidents before any damages occur. You can see what is going on in your home at any time free of charge thanks to IP cameras. Your apartment will remind you to close the windows when there is a storm for example. And because these elements are independent you don’t have be afraid of a power outage. A flood sensor, door and window contacts, movement sensors, cameras and smoke sensor – for your peace of mind even when you are not home.
Unnecessary consumption by devices in your absence is history. Thanks to your smart apartment you no longer have to check whether you have left your television switched on. If everyone has left the house, then this means switching off everything that is unnecessary – automatically. On the contrary, you can make maximum use of off-peak electricity thanks to intelligent switches. Which device is the biggest consumer of energy in your household? Smart sockets and evaluation using graphs will reveal this to you.
Where is the heating on, where is the window open and what about the garage gate? Are you interested in how much electricity, gas or water you will consume? You will have a clear overview of everything in the house thanks to intelligent apartment control applications. But this is not all. You can use the graphs to view consumption history, compare individual appliances or find out who comes home at what time.

What other technological innovations does Clever Living offer and what can we count on in future projects?

In this turbulent world full of precipitous technological and digital innovations we cannot and do not wish to remain standing in place. We are already expanding our portfolio of smart gadgets.
You can also find other technological innovations in some other Clever Living projects. One example is the economical HWAT hot water temperature maintenance system, which replaces classic circulation mains. This substantially reduces heat loss in the return mains and the risk of mechanical defects in the system is also minimised. Another benefit that is also worth mentioning is preparation for individual charging of electric cars intended for individual garage spaces for example.

Communication between interested clients and the sales team regarding Smart Living is also based on modern technologies. When choosing the apartment you can initially use the e-reservation service. A separate Client Section is subsequently prepared in an on-line environment, which provides clients not just with regular news concerning their new apartment, but also all the required documents and additional information.

In the future we also count on additional elements, which are usually components of so-called Smart Cities. Whether these are Smart benches, which provide free internet or the option of a USB connection, or Smart Lighting. This reduces costs for implementing networks and operation and may simultaneously create an infrastructure for charging stands for electric cars and Wi-Fi operation.

Utilisation of electronisation is constantly getting faster, will it be possible to respond to new devices at a later date?

The systems are wireless and prepared for future implementation of end devices.
There has been radical miniaturisation of sensors and scanners and development of intuitive mobile devices and user interfaces in recent years. Intelligent control systems are now wireless. There is therefore no need to make any building modifications in order to install new devices.

The basis of each security system is the switchboard, to which all installed sensors, scanners and control devices are connected. Scanners and sensors are in the form of switches, thermostats, movement sensors and other wireless detectors.

SATISFACTORY LIVING

Satisfactory living – are you able to measure or quantify this?

The number of living requirements in regard to which you do or not have to make a compromise.
We consider satisfactory living to be living meeting your requirements and in regard to which you also do not have to make any compromises. Everything begins with a high-quality project, a detailed breakdown of individual layouts, configuration of security elements within the project, etc. During all this we also consider ecology and the right price that reflects the quality of the project.

Do you offer expert services in relation to acquisition of an apartment?

We consider customer services to be an integral element of the process of purchasing an apartment, all you need to do is obtain the information at our Sales Center.
We consider customer service an integral part of the process of construction and sale of real estate. Operatively complement and expand services that are directly or indirectly related to the property. For a specific offer, you can visit one of the project websites.

I also imagined that Clever Living would include variable adaptation to my requirements, but you basically do not permit this, why?

We approach each client individually, which is why a specific query must be submitted, which will discussed.
The entire apartment building is configured as a whole and any major intervention (e.g. into the structure) may have a knock-on effect – noise, structural, operating or layout. Major client ch
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