Building energy requirements, building codes, standards and legislation

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The Code for Sustainable Homes was introduced in April 2007 as a standard to improve the overall sustainability of new homes. 'The Code' scores against a star rating system, using one to six stars depending on how the property performs against categories such as energy use, waste, materials and water.
Post date: 22 Dec 2009
Type: News

The largest Passive House project in Europe (project Lodenareal) has been opened in October 2009 in Innsbruck, the capital city of Tirol  (Austria). About 35.000 m² (brutto) for 354 flats (26.000 m²) have been build by the building owner Neue Heimat Tirol (www.neueheimattirol.at), a social housing company providing affordable flats for the citizens. The heat energy demand is to be 15 kWh/m².year, as calculated by the PHPP software.
Post date: 21 Dec 2009
Type: Case

In October 2009 the construction work of the world largest Passive House settlement with 1.700 flat at 100.000 m² has started.  Within a tender the City administration of Vienna has stated the Passive House standard as a precondition for building on the 20 ha former railway area. 7 property developer have submitted their concepts for building story buildings, showing a Heating energy demand between 7 and 15 kWh/m².a. The residual heat energy demand will be covered by district heating and the settlement is very close to an underground station.
Post date: 21 Dec 2009
Type: Case

Italian version of Information Paper P084 of EPBD Buildings Platform
Post date: 21 Dec 2009
Type: Publication

Post date: 20 Dec 2009
Type: Link

Post date: 18 Dec 2009
Type: Tool

The study has been carried out within the IEE project PASS-NET www.pass-net.net
Post date: 17 Dec 2009
Type: Publication

The German Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs contracted Fraunhofer-IBP in cooperation with the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning and the company Megawatt to issue an energy certificate based on calculations with the standard DIN V 18599. The complex energy supply concept includes combined heat and power units based on biofuel, seasonal heat and cold storages and connects via local district heating and cooling networks several parliamentary buildings. The building was retrofitted between 1991 and 1999 according to the architectural plans of Sir Norman...
Post date: 16 Dec 2009
Type: News