House of Energy: first Passive House with Premium Class certification

House Of Energy: world’s first building with Passive House Premium certification opens a new opportunity beyond green construction

The House of Energy is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. This three-storey Multi-Purpose Building (mixed residential and commercial) includes offices for several companies, an apartment, a seminar room and a permanent exhibition on the topic of “Construction and Refurbishment”. Built as a solid wall construction, the façade design has the appearance of a barcode.

Valuing Energy Efficiency: New case study series highlights the benefits of energy efficient retrofits

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) has released a series of case studies, which examines the financial outlay and impact of energy efficient retrofits on a range of building types across the U.S.A, dispelling the misconception that building owners need a huge budget or a large floorplan to reap the benefits of energy efficiency.


Office building in Greensboro, North Carolina

Built in 1971 and located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, this office building is one of a number of commercial buildings constructed for local banks during the 1970s. Self-Help has owned and operated the property since 1998, and it currently houses 21 office tenants, all of which are non-profit organisations. The building is a representative example of the large stock of B-class commercial office buildings that make up the skyline of most U.S. cities.

Tusco Display

Tusco Display’s facilities in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, are an impressive example of how investing in the energy efficiency of buildings can boost profits in a competitive market. The custom fabrication company has used energy efficiency as a strategy to lower costs, improve productivity, and remain competitive in a challenging commodity market with both domestic and international competition.

Biological Sciences Laboratory - University of Minnesota

The retrocommissioning of the University of Minnesota’s Biological Sciences laboratory is an outstanding example of a modest efficiency investment that delivered strong financial performance.

Constructed in 1969, Biological Sciences is a dual-purpose teaching and research laboratory with eight floors, located on the University’s St. Paul campus. No significant efficiency improvements were made to the building in the years preceding the recent retrocommissioning effort, which began in June 2013 and concluded in January 2014.

SOLCER House: Wale´s first low-cost positive energy house

Experts from the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) have designed and built Wales’ first low-cost energy positive house. The "Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region" (SOLCER) House is capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses, in an attempt to meet tough new targets for zero carbon housing.

BINE-Projektinfo: "University campus to become climate neutral"

This four-page BINE information paper presents an energy master plan for the campus of the Technische Universität Braunschweig, developed by an interdisciplinary research team. The researchers have created differentiated development scenarios (different options for action with regard to existing buildings, new-build schemes, space efficiency, energy provision and mobility) for the period up to 2020 with the aim of reducing the primary energy consumption by 40% and, in the long term, facilitating the conversion to renewable energy.

School of the Future: Simple to use calculation tool for the energy assessment of school buildings - ASCOT Light

The calculation tool ASCOT - Assessment tool for additional construction cost in sustainable building renovation – was originally developed for dwellings. The purpose of the ASCOT tool is to assist the user in evaluating and thereby optimise the economical costs of a building renovation project in relation to sustainable development issues.