Practices

LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community): Co-housing project using sustainable construction methods with straw bales

Highlighted Case February 2015
 LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is the UK's first affordable, ecological cohousing project with a pioneering methodology:Encourage living as lightly on the earth as possibleAddress the need for affordable housingHave a...

La Maison du tourisme de Troyes (Aube, France): Energy renovation with a concrete hemp envelope

Highlighted Case January 2015
The Tourist Information Centre in Troyes is a timber-framed construction located in the town centre (16 Rue Aristide Briand). The original building was the home of a wealthy XIII century merchant.  After being burnt by a fire in 1524, it...

EspaiZero. A semi-retrofit of an existing building; the first Net Zero-Energy experience in Spain

Highlighted Case July 2014
The new Wattia Headquarters and EspaiZero laboratory has achieved 100% zero-energy balance in the retrofit of the ground floor of an existing building. The management company’s main objective was to demonstrate that it is...

Positive energy buildings: le Parc de l’Ensoleillée in Aix-en-Provence

Highlighted Case June 2014
This positive energy construction exemplifies an aesthetic, ecological and modular technique which focuses on fast implementation using an integrated process; designing, assembling and installing solid wood panels in the walls and...

Bioclimatic social housing in Paris: Rue des Orteaux logements sociaux

Highlighted Case May 2014
The refurbishment of the Rue des Orteaux social housing building was led by the SIEMP (City of Paris Real Estate Public-Private Joint Venture) and offers 20 low-energy apartments located in the 20th arrondissement of Paris....

Cotentin-Falguiere: ICF Habitat Novedis / Beem 'Up accelerators energy renovation

Highlighted Case April 2014
Within the context of the BEEM-UP Project, ICF Habitat Novedis housing company performed the renovation of 87 apartments in the Cotentin Falguière residence in Paris, France.The rehabilitation program includes:...

ISOPA Polyurethanes Passive House

Highlighted Case March 2014
The Polyurethanes Passive House is a project launched on 1 September 2011 to document the construction of a passive house from floor to ceiling. The construction was completed on 4 November 2013. Built in Brussels, near...

Efficiency House Plus in Berlin

Highlighted Case February 2014
The HouseThe "Efficiency House Plus" was officially opened by Chancellor Angela Merkel on 7 December 2011, following a year of previous planning and construction. The house is centrally located, at Fasanenstraße 87a, 10623...

Towards energy autonomy in Beckerich (LU)

Highlighted Case January 2014
Beckerich, a town of 2300 people in western Luxembourg, is well known for its objective of becoming energy independent. The implementation of this ambitious vision, embodied by the dedicated Mayor, Camille...

Optimisation of Ventilation Systems in the BG Klinik Ludwigshafen

Highlighted Case December 2013
In the context of the Re-Co european project, the energy performance of the emergency hospital BG Klinik Ludwigshafen which is one of the largest accident-surgical centers in Europe, is being improved. ...

SUSTAINCO The Green House Case Study

Highlighted Case November 2013
This case study is from the SUSTAINCO project. The Green House - a privately owned, retrofitted home in the village of Cusop, near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire. It is a highly energy-efficient building which makes best use of its natural...

Edificio A, Can Sant Joan Business Park - Sant Cugat del Vallès

Highlighted Case October 2013
CAN SANT JOAN BUSINESS PARK is made up of four office buildings located in a fully consolidated business park which has a green area comprised of the natural surroundings as well as excellent road communication and public transportation...

LifeCycle Tower One Building

Highlighted Case September 2013
The LifeCycle Tower One was built in Dornbirn (Austria) and it is the eight-story pilot project of CREE (Creative Renewable Energy & Efficiency). The building is designed to Passivhaus standards and uses prefabricated building modules...
  QUICK FACTS: Energy saving methods /Standards/Materials Structural elements: wood-concrete composite structural system Dimensions: 8 storeys, height 27 m, width 13 m, length 24 m Floor space:...

New headquarters Bilbao, Naturgas energía Grupo SA.EDP

Highlighted Case August 2013
Behind a historical facade, the box inside a box was created. The use of an indoor bioclimatic yard defines the office spaces and enhances natural day-lighting.  
A BOX INSIDE A BOXThis Project, in Bilbao Spain, integrated the façade of a listed, historical building with a new interior structure and distribution of the existing building.  The original Rationalist façade had to be...

Hemiciclo Solar

Highlighted Case July 2013
The bioclimatic approach gives shape to this building and integrates passive and active systems in a process of reduction of energy demand and improvement of user comfort conditions.   The project´s objective was to build 92 residential...
 Hybrid ventilation and heat recoveryA hybrid ventilation system, natural and mechanically assisted, is installed. Well dimensioned window openings and solar chimneys enhance ventilation flows in summer. Heat recovery...

The New Nicosia Town hall: Nicosia, Cyprus

Highlighted Case June 2013
The New Nicosia Town-Hall by the Irwin & Kritioti Architects, 2013.
The new Nicosia Town-hall is a very particular building. On the site where it is built, important antiquities were discovered during the first day of construction and the whole design was completely modified to fit to the new situation....

ACTIVE HOUSE SICILY Progetto Botticelli

Highlighted Case May 2013
Botticelli is a Smart NZEB built in Passive House Standard. It is on the island of Sicily near Etna Vulcan in the village of Mascalucia which is located in the Catania Province. It is a first example of Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB)...
Progetto Botticelli is a Passive House zero-energy building where home automation improves energy efficiency, indoor condition and living comfort.The building is designed as a zero-energy building and is certified according to Passivhaus...

Restructuring of a passive building in Raon l'Etape

Highlighted Case April 2013
This project represents the first certified Passive House renovation in France.The building is privately owned by the social lessor RoofVosgien, and was originally built in the 1950s. The intervention was designed by the architectural firm...
 

Retrofit of Single-family house to Passive House standard

Highlighted Case March 2013
The very first reconstruction in Austria of a single-family house to Passive House Standard in this Model project in Pettenbach/Upper Austria. The main objective is the unprecedented reconstruction of older one-unit buildings to the...
As for the floor, the high insulation standard could be reached by using vacuum insulation although the floor height was limited. The thermal bridges of the existing rising brickwalls were compensated by a circumferential umbrella-shaped...

Cork Institute of Technology

Highlighted Case February 2013
Cork Institute of Technology’s (C.I.T) main campus in Bishopstown is being refurbished using Kingspan Benchmark’s Ceramic Granite Façade and Karrier Panel System to help transform both the aesthetics and the performance of their 1970’s...
Building envelope:External walls: an Architectural Metal Systems’s (AMS) renovate curtain wall was installed around the building’s original façade. A modular system, combining Benchmark’s Karrier Panel with AMS’s triple...