Monthly Archive: June 2017

Unique Homes Magazine: Principles for the Planet

by Samantha Myers

Architect Wolfgang Frey’s lifelong passion for the environment prompted him to become a worldwide leader in sustainable designs. From building ecological living communities and battery-powered buildings, to offsetting every bit of his own carbon footprint — German Architect Wolfgang Frey is both a pioneer of the sus- tainability movement and at the forefront of its future.

Brought up in a family of carpenters from Germany’s Black Forest, Frey had a humbled perspective of architecture even before he began his career. “Growing up with my father, who was a carpenter as well as an architect, I realized that architecture is only a part of the whole process,” says Frey […]

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PASSIVHAUS 101: Sustainable Architecture from the Inside Out

This article discusses the Passive House (PH) as an example for sustainable architecture. It defines what a PH house is as well as how it uses shading, ventilation, and solar power efficiently. Originating from the efforts of German physicist Wolfgang Feist, the word Passivhaus, or Passive House, is a term that de- fines a building’s energy use for heating. For the purposes of this discussion, a PH is one that does not use over 15 kWh/m2/yr.

Let’s look at an example. In the wintertime, let’s say it is –15° C with a flow of about 15 watts per hour per square meter of heat energy escaping the building. At –2° C, around 7.5 watts per hour of energy loss would be expected. At the same time, the building would have energy inputs— for instance, through heating, cooking, charging stations for computers, and, not to be forgotten, the heat that human bodies emites […]

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