Yearly Archive: 2016

Energy Self-Sustaining Smart Green Tower Interacts Intelligent Within The Smart Green City

This battery-operated office and apartment complex is not merely a paper tiger

The concept of Smart Green Tower goes along with the objectives of the Green City and offers much more than just energy self-sufficiency. Furthermore, this battery-operated office and apartment complex is not merely a paper tiger – it is planned to become reality in the German city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Designed by Frey Architekten, with support of Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the energy concept of Smart Green Tower differs from other self-sustaining buildings producing clean energy for own needs.

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Wolfgang Frey and Heidelberg Village on Chinese television

On September 22, 2016 a groundbreaking ceremony took place for Asia’s largest passive house settlement in Qingdao (80 hectares) that has been developed together with Frey Architekten (a member company of the Frey Group) and its Chinese partners. As a result of the kick-off, a Qingdao camera team visited Freiburg to interview the idea generator and urban planer Wolfgang Frey. The journey took the journalists then to a part of Heidelberg called Bahnstadt, the world’s largest passive house settlement that acts as a role model for the Chinese counterpart. Wolfgang Frey introduced the criteria and solutions for German passive house construction as exemplified through his own construction project “Heidelberg Village”.

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EFA Magazine: First Look – Heidelberg Village

Heidelberg Village is part of a large sustainable development project in the new urban district, Bahnstadt, on the site of a former freight yard in Heidelberg, Germany. With 162 units, Heidelberg Village will accommodate people from all walks of life: from single households to disabled residents to seniors. Construction started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

Residential units will range from one- to five-room apartments and many units are being built to accommodate residents who need nursing care or special needs, including handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

Architecture firm Frey Group (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is also working together with outpatient care and domestic care services, which will have offices within the village.

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Chinese Camera Team at Frey Architekten in Freiburg

A Chinese camera team from Qingdao interviewed Wolfgang Frey in his architecture firm in Freiburg, Germany about his sustainable projects such as Heidelberg Village.

Freiburg, December 02, 2016 – Because of his experience and approach toward sustainable construction and social responsibility, Wolfgang Frey is an in demand consultant in China. A Chinese camera team from Qingdao recently interviewed Wolfgang Frey in his architecture firm in Freiburg, Germany. They continued filming at the Heidelberg Village construction site in Bahnstadt, a global role model for green buildings and modern urban development.

The journalists were also interested in learning more about the cooperation between Wolfgang Frey’s business group (Frey Group) and the Chinese partners at the Sino-German Eco-Park. The Sino-German Eco-Park in Qingdao is a flagship project that signifies Sino-German cooperation. In 2010 the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Chinese trade ministry signed the Memorandum of Understanding to set a signal for positive Sino-German cooperation in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the then Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

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The Global Awards: Wolfgang Frey received an award in London

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The Global awarded Frey Architekten for their ongoing project – “Heidelberg Village” as the Most Outstanding Passive House Design in the World in 2016 on 10th November in London.

The Global Awards have been created to celebrate and reward the best individual and company performances in the over-50s housing sector worldwide. The philosophy of the Awards panel is to recognize the best exemplar in the world. The Awards dinner and presentation was conducted at Conrad London St. James in Broadway, London, UK. The event was a formal presentation to the Global Award winners in the presence of nearly 80 experts who had come from all over the world including Australia and New Zealand.

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Inhabitat: Asia’s largest passive house settlement breaks ground in China

Following their award-winning holistic living project at Heidelberg Village, German architectural firm Frey Architekten, in collaboration with Rongen Architekten design studio, unveiled their design for one part of a large passive house settlement in Qingdao, China. The pilot project, Asia’s largest passive house settlement to date, will provide various types of housing which will cut carbon emissions by 2.376 tons and save 12.72 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

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CNN: Building a green oasis in the heart of a city

By Kieron Monks, CNN

(CNN) – The Bahnstadt campus in Heidelberg, south-west Germany, is one of the largest and most ambitious urban developments in Germany. Two billion euros have been invested in converting a freight train terminal into a cutting-edge eco community. The 116-hectare campus is entirely powered by renewable energy, which is regulated by smart metering. Every one of the 2,000 homes is a “passive house” that efficiently retains energy and does not need a heating system.

The Bahnstadt experiment is now going a step further with the arrival of Heidelberg Village from Frey Architects, a 162-apartment block covered with green facades and rooftop gardens, which opens in early 2017.
The development is expected to offer significant environmental benefits, but the architects have a more ambitious vision of sustainability.

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