Monthly Archive: July 2016

Reforestation Project in Taiyuan, China

Human existence has an enormous influence on nature. Our meat consumption, the use of daily transportation, energy, gas and water all contribute to environmental pollution. Even our breathing – and that of animals – emits CO2. It is an enormous contemporary issue that everyone should be aware of. Architects have found a solution to this problem by building passive houses. Houses built according to passive house standards emit less carbon dioxide, which in turn saves the environment. But no matter how well we build something – in the end the act of construction itself creates CO2. Manufacturing construction materials such as clay tiles that are burnt at 1.000 degrees Celcius contributes to climate change. A polemic solution would be to simply stop building altogether. Given our ever-growing world population, however, that’s not really an option.

Wolfgang Frey, a practicing architect who specializes in sustainability in Freiburg, has found a better option for ironing out his „debt“. In the spring of 2014 Mr. Frey began a reforestation project on the Chinese mountain Xishan (which means West Mountain in English) in Taiyuan in the Chinese province Shanxi. Wolfgang Frey has planted over 6,000 trees on 12.4 acres. Every growing plant absorbs CO2.


Handicapped Accessible Public Bathroom Facilities in Heidelberg Village

The new urban development project Bahnstadt in Heidelberg appeals through its innovative implementation of ecological and social goals to ensure a high standard of living for all residents.

The social intention involves integrating people with special needs. As a result, handicapped accessible living and commercial spaces have emerged in the new urban district of Bahnstadt and especially in Heidelberg Village. At the same time a public bathroom facility will be built on the ground floor of Heidelberg Village to meet the demands of people with special needs. The general contractor and project developer Freie Liegenschaftsverwaltung GmbH from the Frey Group thereby enables the integration and consideration of everyone’s needs.


Smart buildings – partners for intelligent energy networks

Smart buildings are an important component for the safe and efficient energy supply of the future. Through the use of automated technical infrastructure and physical and digital connections to local energy networks, they offer the possibility to buffer excess electricity from fluctuating renewable sources in thermal and electrical storage units. Among other things they are thus able to react to price signals sent from the network and derive optimal actions, such as shifting energy-intensive processes, using electricity, saving energy in another form, or producing regenerative energy itself. As such, buildings become an integral part of an intelligent energy network, the so-called smart grid, and are able to do three things: produce, store and consume energy.


Bundestag representative tours the Air Rescue Station developed by Frey Architekten

As a member of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Bundestag representative Matern von Marschall (CDU) is deeply engaged in the areas of sustainability, environmental research and climate policy-making. As a European Union committee member, he also addresses these issues well beyond the borders of Germany.

Matern von Marschall and Wolfgang Frey maintain regular contact to discuss the many issues pertaining to sustainability.


Landsea Group visits Heidelberg Village

On May 31, 2016 the Chinese construction company Landsea Group, led by CEO Mr. TIAN Ming, came to Heidelberg and toured the construction site of „Heidelberg Village“. The owner of Frey Mr. Wolfgang Frey and his Chinese business partner Ms. WANG Jiakun warmly greeted the Chinese guests.

Landsea Group is one of the top construction companies in China that specializes in large-scale projects encompassing around 8 million square meters each. The Landsea Group has completed more than 50 such large-scale projects in cities such as Shanghai and Nanjing.