Practices

THERMCO Project: Low-Energy Cooling and Thermal Comfort

This article presents a detailed analysis of thermal comfort in six low-energy non-residential buildings in Germany, according to the comfort standard EN15251:2007-08 for the cooling period. Further, the thermal comfort ratings are related...

"Green Office" in Meudon-la-forêt (France)

This office building is the first experience of the "Green Office" concept developped by the company Bouygues Immobilier. The building is located in Meudon la forêt (France) and hosts a computer center working 24h/24. The heat produced by...
The dimensions of the building were calculated to facilitate reductions in energy requirements. Office buildings are customarily 18 m or 20 m deep. Yet daylight effectively penetrates only the first 5 or 6 metres of office space. It was...

GreenBuilding Partner WWFF - ENERGYbase

On the 6th of June 2007 the foundation stone for one of the most innovative energy projects in Austria has been laid. Under the auspieces of the Vienna Economic Development Fund (WWFF), the ENERGYbase project consists of the construction...
The office building ENERGYbase has been erected 2007 by the WWFF Business and Service Center GmbH. The building has 10,690 m² of gross floor area and hosts besides offices also laboratories and a university of applied sciences. Due to the...

GreenBuilding Partner Allianz Elementar Versicherung AG - Office Allianz

The office building at the Viennese west entry with it's prominent dark Labrador stone facade and the infra stop mirror glass facade has been seat for the central management of the insurance company "Allianz Elemntar Versicherungs AG"...
The headquarter of the insurance company Allianz Elementar Versicherung AG in Vienna has been built between 1970 and 1979. The building has a gross floor area of about 37,600 m². Between 2004 and 2008 a broad range of measures has been...

GreenBuilding Partner Manschein GmbH - Office Manschein

The office building was built in 1999 and enlarged several times during recent years. A comprehensive renovation was decided in 2007. The focus of this refurbishment was primarily on solar architectural aspects. These included insulation...
Due to the refurbishment the heating demand has been reduced by 86 % and the primary energy consumption by 82 %. 100 % of the electricity consumption is covered by the PV system. Building envelope: External walls - 0....

GreenBuilding Partner Amt der NÖ Landesregierung - Business Center Lower Austria

The aim of the building owner, the province of Lower Austria, was to erect a sustainable energy efficient building that serves as a model for other building owners. The site consists of four building parts that are connected by a parking...
The Business Center Lower Austria has been built in 2007 and has a gross floor area of approximately 7000 m². The heating and cooling demand are 66.5 respectively 90% lower than the Lower Austrian Building code. The heating demand is 4.57...

Heat pumps replace electrical heating

Retrofit with energy-efficient inverter heat pumps replaces electrical night storage heating in multistorey flats in Essen, Germany. Monovalent airto- air heat pump heating using aerothermal renewable energy represents 72% savings on...

Setting Sail With TiSUN

When sailors return from the cold clear waters of the Grimwith Reservoir, especially in spring and autumn, they are in need of a hot shower. The hot water they use will have been generated using solar energy by TiSUN. As part of the...
As part of the project which has been in planning for 15 years now, the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club installed 24 m² of TiSUN’s large flat FI collectors on the roof of their store room. The roof faces directly south so will benefit from...

TiSUN large collectors opposite the Alhambra in Granada

Innovative technology meets world cultural heritage
The four-star Hotel Alixares is in the centre of Granada's old town, directly opposite the city's breathtaking Alhambra Palace. The clean aesthetics of the solar collectors from the Tyrolean solar heating specialist TiSUN make a striking...

Ulm-Böfingen: Retrofitting of Catholic Community Centre using Vacuum Insulation Panels

Over 90% of all building projects of the diocese Rottenburg-Stuttgart with an annual investment from about 40 million Euros are for renovating existing buildings. With the retrofitting of the community centre “Zum Guten Hirten” they would...
Original Buildings: The community hall is a two storey reinforced concrete construction. The external walls are made of 24 cm thick concrete. In some areas the walls of the lower level have a layer of 11.5 cm sand-lime...

A very energy efficient renovation of a house in Besançon (France)

This 85 m2 house, built in the sixties, has been renovated and extended up to 135 m2. Renovation includes increased thermal insulation of the facades (oudoor insulation) and of the roof, the construction of a South-oriented veranda, new...

A French commercial net zero energy building insulated with straw

This 200 m2 building in Anet, near Dreux, France, is the show-room of a renewable HVAC systems installer. The structure of the building uses wood-frame with insulation by straw bales. Heating is provided by a wood pellets stove and...

Lycée Kyoto Poitiers - The first post-oil high school, using 100% clean energy

This high school, the Lycée Kyoto in Poitiers, France, is presented as the first "100% clean energy" high school in Europe. Built by the Region Poitou-Charentes, the high insulated 16500 m2 building includes a 1000 m3 hot water storage...

Passive house - the daycare facility, Den Grønne Planet

In Gyldenrisparken, we are builing Denmarks first day care facility according to passive house standards. We expect the facility to be ready for use in November 2009. A passive house ensures a good indoor climate by having high insulation...

Fremtidens parcelhuse - Houses of the future

The building project, Fremtidens Parcelhuse (Houses of the future), offers 86 different suggestions for energy efficient and environmentally friendly houses which are: • affordable • attractive • healthy The houses do not damage the...

A zero-carbon store in the UK

Tesco, the world's third-largest retailer, opened a new store (december 2009) in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, that is the first zero-carbon store of this company. It uses a biofuel combined heat and power (CHP) plant producing...

Casa CENED: energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings

Casa CENED: the environmentally friendly house Lombardy Region (Department for Energy and Sustainable Development) and Cestec (Regional Company for Competitiveness, Energy and Innovation) designed and built an example of a high efficient...

Home for Life

Home for Life produces more energy than it consumes. With an energy surplus of 9 kWh/m²/year, it takes approximately 40 years for the house to generate the same amount of energy that was used to produce its building materials. At that...
EnergyHome for Life produces more energy than it consumes. With an energy surplus of 9 Wh/m²/year, it takes approximately 40 years for the house to generate the same amount of energy that was used to produce its building...

Denmark´s most climate friendly nursery

The purely architectural solutions – the form of the building and the choice of materials including high performance glass and generous amounts of insulation – ensure that even without any high-tech renewable technologies the building will...
Indoor climateThe generous ceiling heights created by the pitched roofs allow air to circulate around the nursery’s rooms and the roof is scattered with Velux roof lights, which will automatically open and close to...

A very efficient office building in the South of France

This passive office building has been built in 2006 near Valence, in the South of France. The three levels building (2618 m²) uses insulating bricks (50 cm) and wood, strong insulation of the grass roofs and low emissivity glazing. Heating...