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Always giving his all

Patrick Grabner is a family man – and a kick-boxer. What’s important to him in both cases is always giving his all.

Patrick Grabner is on the road a lot. At least four times a week he pursues his passion: kick-boxing. For each training session he travels 90 kilometres back and forth from his home in Allerheiligen in Styria, Austria, to his kick-boxing studio. In the summer he cycles there straight after work. Patrick Grabner doesn’t find it strenuous or time-consuming, for him there’s nothing more enjoyable than his sports. “I train strictly according to plan, especially when I’m preparing for a competition. That’s the only way I can achieve the performance that I expect of myself,” he explains.

At the beginning of the year, he and his family redecorated the kitchen and living room of their cosy house. Although the 24-year-old heating system was still working fine, they had it replaced. The family chose a Vaillant ecoTEC exclusive. This condensing boiler with the Green iQ label is not only sustainable but also particularly efficient. Since Patrick Grabner is a top-performance sportsman, it suits him perfectly. “I have very high expectations of myself and everything around me. Of course, that also applies to the technology in our house. Although the house is not very big, measuring just 75 square metres, it was no problem to install the condensing boiler and a hot-water tank in the hallway. So the boiler is right by our living room – yet, it’s so quiet that we can hardly hear it.” When the kick-boxer is not travelling to sports events, he and his wife and five-year-old daughter Sophia go on holiday by the sea as often as possible. Here too, he is impressed by their Vaillant heating system. “The Vaillant technicians can monitor our heating system by remote access at all times and take action if anything is wrong,” Patrick Grabner explains. “I can no longer imagine doing without this feature or this service. It’s important to me to do my best, just like Vaillant did with Green iQ.”

Facts and figures

Building information
Description, name of projectEnd-of-terrace house in Allerheiligen bei Wildon, Austria
Type of buildEnd-of-terrace house
LocationAllerheiligen bei Wildon, Austria
CompletionYear of construction: 1992
Key figures – area75 m² living space, property 310 m²
Key figures – Energy concept details
  • Low-energy heating solution realised through the installation of an ecoTEC exclusive VCAT156/ 5-7 Green iQ gas condensing boiler. Additional component is a uniSTOR VIH R 120 hot water cylinder
  • Insulated windows
Vaillant products
  • ecoTEC exclusive VCAT156/ 5-7 Green iQ gas condensing boiler
  • uniSTOR VIH R 120 hot water cylinder
  • calorMATIC 470 system controller
Building ownersTina and Patrick Grabner
Installation engineerFa. Leo Harkam, engineer; Im Morregrund 1; 8410 Wildon, Austria