Sonnenplatz Großschönau is the company behind the first passive house village with the Probewohnen® scheme allowing you to try before you buy, as well as a Centre of Excellence in Construction and Energy of the Future.
Since it was formed by Project Champions Josef Bruckner and local mayor Martin Bruckner in 2001, Sonnenplatz Großschönau has concerned itself with popularising energy-efficient and sustainable construction and renovation.
Sonnenplatz Großschönau came into life in 2001, from the sparks of an idea raised through the local Association for Tourism, Village Revitalisation and Economic Impetus (Verein für Tourismus, Dorferneuerung und Wirtschaftsimpulse – TDW), which has been campaigning for sustainable development of the Großschönau market town and outlying areas since its formation in 1972.
The project was launched by the Association’s Chairman, Josef Bruckner, and the Mayor of Großschönau, Martin Bruckner. Following an initial Green Paper and Feasibility Study conducted in summer 2001, work started on the realisation of the plans. The project has been financially independent since 2002.
In 2004, the company Sonnenplatz Großschönau GmbH was formed in order to best manage the implementation of the project. All the activities previously conducted under the auspices of TDW Großschönau in the area of sustainable construction are now handled by Sonnenplatz Großschönau GmbH. The core activity of the company is the construction of Europe’s first passive house village with the Probewohnen® scheme, so you can try a house out before you buy it, and to establish a Centre of Excellence in Construction and Energy of the Future.