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World largest Passive House settlement "Eurogate" started in Vienna (Austria)

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...
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...

First Passive House Hotel in Austria (and probably in the world)

In autumn 2009 the first Passive House Hotel in Austria (and probably in the world) has been opened. The minimised heating demand is covered by a water/water heat pump, using thermo active building systems, which are also used for cooling...

Leading examples of public buildings: German Reichstag receives certificate with excellent energy performance

The Reichstag building, the chair of the German parliament in Berlin was certified for its energy performance by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics. According to the goals of the EPBD public buildings shall act as leading...
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...

Low cost wood frame passive house launched on the French market

Gico Group, a French specialist of wood frame buildings, launched on the French market a series of low cost one-family passive houses. They are intended to be built by municipalities in green areas. The primary energy consumption is...

St Francis of Assisi Academy secondary school, Liverpool. UK

Key points concerning the design: + East–West alignment allowed substantial area of south-facing façade to encourage passive solar gain in winter. + Use of internal exposed concrete to provide thermal mass in conjunction with night-cooling...

City Academy , Bristol

Key points concerning the design: + Good fuel economy as a result of distributed heating plant. + Underfloor heating provided for low return temperatures, allowing optimum operation of condensing boilers. + Ventilation control in...

SFO Spirehuset an after- and before-school care facility.

The building is naturally ventilated, except for toilets and kitchen which are required by Danish building regulations to have a mechanical exhaust. Natural ventilation is automatically controlled, but users have a possibility for manual...
The design of Spirehuset makes use of both cross and stack natural ventilation principles. Stack ventilation operates with lower air inlets located in the windows, at a normal window height, and upper exhaust openings located in the roof....

SOLTAG

SOLTAG is a living home, designed as an energy-generating climate shield. SOLTAG is a prime can­­­didate for a sustainable home of the future with optimum living conditions for people. SOLTAG produces energy and a healthy indoor climate...
SOLTAG is part of the “Demohouse” project, which is funded under the EU’s “Sixth Framework Programme”. "Demohouse is an international project involving research insti­tutes, housing associations and manufacturers from the building sector...

H2College - Hydrogen and passive house

Herning Municipality is among the frontrunners in the hydrogen field. A recent project involved the construction of 66 youth accommodation units that receive electricity and heating from hydrogen and wind energy, making the units 100 per...

CHH – ChristophorusHaus MIVA, Stadl-Paura, Austria

The principal objective of the design was to reduce energy demand to ‘passivhaus’ standards, with the remaining energy demand covered as far as possible from renewable sources, while simultaneously providing occupants with a high standard...
The building was completed in 2003 and serves a missionary organisation dispatching goods to developing countries. Its use is multifunctional, serving to provide office accommodation, seminar rooms, restaurant and exhibition facilities,...

Vejlandshuset, office building, Copenhagen, Denmark

Heating is supplied from the district heating system. Both mechanical and natural ventilation are used in the building. Mechanical ventilation is used in the most densely occupied areas, while automatically controlled intermittent, or...
Vejlandshuset was completed in 2005. It is five storey office building with a central atrium and total floor area of 13 500 m². On the ground floor there are shared facilities including reception, cafeteria, and an open area for visitors....

YIT Office building, Turku Finland AdVent Case 9

The building has an air-conditioning system with mechanical supply and exhaust ventilation and chilled beams. The building is connected to Turku area district heating and district cooling distribution systems. The temperature of water in...
YIT Office Building is a typical modern five-storey office building and was completed in October 2005. The ground floor (900 m²) serves as a workshop and storage facility and the remaining four floors (6 000 m²) have both open-plan and...

First certified passive house in the Paris Region

The first certified passive house of the Paris Region was delivered in September 2009 in Bessancourt. It has been designed by the architects Milena Karanesheva and Mischa Witzmann (Karawitz, Paris) together with Solares Bauen (Strasbourg).
Having the classical geometry of a French suburban house with its two slopes roof, the 161 floor area square meters single family house is fully closed from north and opened to south to benefit from solar gain. Apart from the foundation...

Stuttgart-Sonnenberg: Reduction of CO2 Emissions in a Nursing Home

A retirement apartment building built in Stuttgart-Sonnenberg in 1965 is a good example of what can be achieved when a major renovation is combined with an energy efficient retrofit concept developed by a holistic design team. The...
The seven story main building of the retirement home was built in 1965 with originally 116 beds. It also incorporates a kindergarten. In 1974 a further building was added as a nursing home with 55 beds. To this second building no...

ZERO+ House

Region South Denmark has built Denmark’s first +low energy house. The house has been constructed in a modern and exciting style – an individual building, well-adjusted to nature and surroundings, built with bricks like an ordinary family...
Environment and energy awareness, modern consumer behaviour – these are the keywords in a showcase project which the following companies in Sønderborg have been participating in: ProjectZero, the building and construction company SIB...

Green Lighthouse

Green Lighthouse is built by a consortium consisting of Hellerup Byg, Christensen & Co. Arkitekter and COWI, which has developed the architecture and energy concept and has constructed this new climate landmark. The house has been...
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Sustainable Steel Building: ArcelorMittal Steel Centre in Liège (Belgium)

With its commitment to sustainable development, ArcelorMittal wished, with the Steel Centre at Flemalle (Liege), to provide an example of a building using existing steel systems to the maximum to reduce consumption of natural resources and...
With its commitment to sustainable development, ArcelorMittal wished, with the Steel Centre at Flemalle (Liege), to provide an example of a building using existing steel systems to the maximum to reduce consumption of natural resources and...

Poikkilaakso School Helsinki, Finland, AdVent Case 8

The Poikkilaakso School was a pilot project in which some elements typical for hybrid systems were combined with mechanical ventilation. The ventilation system is a fully mechanical low pressure system, having central air-handling unit...

Nordea Bank Building Helsinki, Finland

The building has an air-conditioning system with mechanical supply and exhaust ventilation and chilled beams. Outdoor air is filtered and heated or cooled in central air handling units and supplied to rooms. Supply air is heated in the...
Key points concerning the design Each room has room controller which enables the highest thermal comfort standard. Chilled beams, low velocity induction devices, provide silent air distribution with low air velocities....

Edifício dos Serviços Administrativos da Parque EXPO’98, Lisbon, Portugal

The building incorporates both natural and mechanical ventilation. Basic ventilation is provided by the HVAC system which operates when either heating or cooling is required, or when natural ventilation provides insufficient fresh air....
Key points concerning the designCombined natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation with air-conditioning and some heat recovery. Use of perforated shading panels to reduce direct solar gain while allowing natural day-lighting. Use of...