Ceramic thermal comfort floor in historic building

Category: Renovation | Location: Meißen, Germany | Products used: BEKOTEC-THERM and DITRA

Außenansicht der historischen Wohn- und Geschäftshäuser Palais am Steinberg im sächsischen Meißen.

Palais am Steinberg renovated

The "Palais am Steinberg" lies directly opposite the porcelain museum in Meissen, Saxony. This group of buildings consists of five four-storey residential properties and commercial buildings, which were built in the last two decades of the 19th century. Still clearly historical, the façades form a horizontal V that encloses a widening inner courtyard.

On a net area of more than 3,000 square metres, 25 flats with a living space of between 48 and 130 square metres as well as various restaurants and shops will be built in several construction phases during the renovation. The Schlüter-BEKOTEC-THERM ceramic thermal comfort floor provides pleasant and energy-saving warmth over an area of approximately 2,600 square metres.

External view of the Palais am Steinberg © André Wirsig

External view of the Palais am Steinberg.

BEKOTEC studded panel with heating pipes installed © André Wirsig

Thanks to the low system assembly, the ceramic thermal comfort floor can also be installed in rooms where less assembly height is available.

Schlüter-BEKOTEC-EN with heating pipes already installed in a flat. © André Wirsig

The advantages of this thin-layer floor heating system are particularly evident in the renovation of old buildings such as the Palais am Steinberg.

The heating pipe is installed in the Schlüter-BEKOTEC-EN polystyrene studded screed panel. © André Wirsig

The heating pipe is installed in the polystyrene studded screed panel.

Screed is installed over the Schlüter-BEKOTEC-EN polystyrene studded screed panel © André Wirsig

Screed is installed over the polystyrene studded screed panel.

The Schlüter-DITRA 25 polyethylene membrane installed in a flat © André Wirsig

The Schlüter-DITRA 25 (now DITRA) polyethylene membrane installed in a flat.

The Schlüter-DITRA 25 polyethylene membrane installed in a flat © André Wirsig

The DITRA uncoupling mat has proven itself as a universal substrate for tile installation and, in addition to waterproofing and uncoupling, also ensures vapour pressure equalisation, load transfer and heat distribution.

View of one of the almost finished flats © André Wirsig

The almost finished flats.

The almost finished flats © André Wirsig

The almost finished flats.

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External view of the Palais am Steinberg
BEKOTEC studded panel with heating pipes installed
Schlüter-BEKOTEC-EN with heating pipes already installed in a flat.
The heating pipe is installed in the Schlüter-BEKOTEC-EN polystyrene studded screed panel.
Screed is installed over the Schlüter-BEKOTEC-EN polystyrene studded screed panel
The Schlüter-DITRA 25 polyethylene membrane installed in a flat
The Schlüter-DITRA 25 polyethylene membrane installed in a flat
View of one of the almost finished flats
The almost finished flats

Low heights, high weight savings

"The advantages of this thin-layer floor heating system are particularly evident in the renovation of old buildings such as the Palais am Steinberg." explained Schlüter specialist advisor Jörg Drechsler, who manages the property. Thanks to the low system assembly, the ceramic thermal comfort floor can also be installed in rooms where less assembly height is available. "The weight saving due to the low screed coverage compared to other systems was also a decisive factor." emphasised Volker Schmidtke from Apel Fliesenhandel GmbH.

The ideal system solution for restoration and renovation

On the existing wooden beamed ceiling, the advantages of an energy-efficient and modern radiant panel heating system could not have been realised with any other solution.

Volker Schmidtke, Apel Fliesenhandel GmbH

Various tile types and formats are used as the top covering for the ceramic thermal comfort floor; from wood-effect tiles in 20 x 120 cm format to earthenware tiles and porcelain stoneware. This combination ensures that the residents of the Palais am Steinberg in the porcelain city of Meissen benefit from a durable and energy-saving heated ceramic floor.