Practices

New Kindergarten and Daycare Centre, low-energy class 1

Kregme Syd Børnehus SITE together with HHM has won the first prize in a competition for a class 1 low-energy integrated kindergarten in Kregme. Class 1 means the building has to comply to the strictest demands on energy and heating...
What we did As the setting for everyday life, the spaces are designed to emphasize and enhance the identity of the institution, and challenge the children’s senses. The compact form is chosen in order to optimise the...

KOMFORT HUSENE - Comfort houses

KOMFORT HUSENE will show the way for buildings with passive heating in Denmark. In the course of 2007, the first ground will be broken on Denmark’s largest development project to date of single-family houses with no heating systems and...
Saint Gobain Isover a/s is the instigator of the project which builds on international experience Behind the initiative is Saint Gobain Isover a/s. In its capacity as the world’s leading producer of insulation materials, the...

Effinergie: the French reference for low energy buildings

The Effinergie association was created in May 2006 to promote low energy buildings in France. The initiative was taken by regional authorities, and particularly the Alsace, Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon and Rhône-Alpes regions. The...

Sweden's first passive house villa - a unique film production

This unique web-based film production shows the first passive house villa being built in Sweden. In three short videos you can follow the planning process, the construction and the result. Villa Malmborg in Lidköping was built in 2006-2007...

Three apartment buildings in Voorburg won the Dutch renovation price under the durability category

In Voorburg (NL) 120 apartments in three buildings insulated with polystyrene won the national renovation price under the durability category. The prize is awarded for projects that set examples in energy efficient renovation, where...

Low energy building retrofit of a commercial building from 1960

A building refurbishment of a commercial building from 1960, publicly sponsored by the German Ministry of Economy and Technology within the EnOB research initiative was done by the Remscheider Entsorgungsbetriebe (REB). By the...

Omega Center for Sustainable Living

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is a state-of-the art education center and natural wastewater treatment facility. A model of sustainable architecture, the OCSL is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge and is...
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is an innovative educational center that combines the most technologically advanced green building and natural wastewater treatment technologies. It is a cutting edge educational facility...

Energy Efficient Social Housing in Malta - Birkirkara Tal-Ftieh, a Pilot Study

Due to higher demand for housing in Malta, local single-family dwellings, typically terraced houses, are being demolished to make way for maisonettes and multiple storey apartments. This increases the energy demand per square metre that...

Passive school in Neckargemünd, Germany

This new passive educational building in Neckargemünd (Germany) has a surface of 14 100 m2 and is occupied since scholar year 2008-2009 by 1300 pupils. The investment is 24 M€ with an overcost of 7% compared to a classical new building and...

"Easy to carry out" energy renovation of a typical Danish single family house from the period 1930

There is a large potential for energy savings in the Danish building stock, 75% of the buildings being constructed before 1979 when the first important demands for energy performance of buildings were introduced. During the winter 2004-...
The project focus has been to show the effect of the “easy to carry out” measures, which do not interfere with the aesthetic appearance of the house and for which solutions and products already exist. Some measures can be carried out by...

Aalborg: Implementing a comprehensive environmental plan for sustainability

The City of Aalborg has for many years been especially active in environmental politics, working on all environment- related fields. Local Agenda 21 gives additional inspiration and impetus for further environmental actions. Hereby, the...

Alternative power First National to hook up 4 fuel cells for electricity

A bank in Omaha, Nebraska plans to use fuel cells as the power supply for its new Technology Center. The steam that is produced will be used as backup heat

Sustainable building pilot project

Kelowna is working on a “ Sustainable Building ” pilot project to identify and clarify building regulations, standards and codes that effect energy efficiency, as part of the federal/provincial Community Action on Energy Efficiency (CAEE)...

Case study of a low-energy multifamily complex in Switzerland. First appraisal after two years of exploitation

A large multifamily complex of about 21’000 square meters (three buildings) was recently raised in the suburb of Geneva (Switzerland) and was certified Minergie®, a Swiss quality label.

Centro nacional de negocios

On january 19, 2005, the centro nacional de negocios in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, achieved LEED - NC v2 certification, making this the first LEED certified project in Mexico.

Shiodome tower

SHIODOME TOWER is a sustainable high-rise building designed to the basic concept of "a sustainable tower that is friendly to people and environment." As an environmental consideration in the architectural design, a highly energy efficient...

Dena's pilot project 'efficient homes'

In 2003, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - initiated the pilot project ”Efficient Homes” As part of the project, over 140 buildings have so far been refurbished for high energy efficiency (in some cases...

Solar building Leinefelde 2000

On 14th May 1996 the nation-wide exemplary pilot project „Solar building Leinefelde 2000“ was officially opened. This project is regarded as a front-runner in the sector of energy saving as the building heats itself to a large extent. It...

Wirecom Technologies head office

The conception of the new head office of the company WIRECOM Technologies (Orléans, France) specialised in energy management solutions is based on a combination of traditional principles of construction and very innovative technologies....
ECOSM in figure : Total surface area of the building : 1511 m2 Cost of construction : 2.1 millions euros or 1390 €/m2 42 photovoltaic membranes : 17.14 kWc LED lighting : 786 Watts Heat Pumps : 4 (inside the eco-...

Solar thermal applications in eastern Europe with guaranteed solar results

New and renewable energy sources
A 36 month project to encourage the emergence of a sustainable solar thermal market with the GSR quality approach in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia in partnership with Austria, France, Germany and Greece