Monthly Archive: November 2016


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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