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Modus Magazine UK: Passiv Scale

2018.01.18

Passivhaus might be a great way to build super- efficient, eco-friendly homes, but its exacting standards are too expensive to work for volume housebuilders, right? Wrong, says Andy Pearson.

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PASSIVHAUS 101: Sustainable Architecture from the Inside Out

2017.06.20

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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Casa Naturale: UN QUARTIERE A IMPATTO ZERO

2017.04.26

Il cantiere procede, a passo spedito. Ma la rivoluzione è già compiuta: presto, la Germania potrà vantarsi di essere il Paese con il più grande complesso edilizio abitativo passivo. O, come la chiamano qui, di «Passivhaus». Un quartiere interamente pensato e realizzato per inseguire l’ideale dell’efficienza energetica, all’avanguardia su scala mondiale. Il progetto, realizzato dallo studio Frey Architekten, si trova all’interno dell’Heidelberg Village, a Bahnstadt: proprio nella città che rappresenta una delle più affascinanti testimonianze del romanticismo tedesco, sulle sponde del fiume Necker.

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“We take time to give back to the people.”

2017.04.10

Sustainable Architect and Urban Planner Wolfgang Frey Takes an Unconventional Approach to Building with People and their Individual Needs in Mind.

„We take time to give back to the people.“ Wolfgang Frey is convinced, as were his great-grandfathers, that a person’s responsibility for buildings and the people living in them lasts a lifetime and beyond. Time, like energy and water, is a resource that shouldn’t be wasted.

Heidelberg, April 10, 2017 – The work for Heidelberg Village’s extended shell is completed. This delivers a solid basis for builders Frey Gruppe and Software AG to complete the apartments’ interior construction together with the construction workers and residents.

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2017 World Changing Ideas Awards

2017.04.05

Bold, visionary projects are leading the way toward improving how we live, eat, and learn. There are 192 finalists in the 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards, in categories from health to urban design to food. They run the gamut from internet-connected wells that collect water data to vegetable-based hamburgers that bleed like real meat.

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Heidelberg Village Named Finalist in 2017 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS

2017.03.27

Frey Architekten’s Heidelberg Village Named Finalist in Fast Company’s 2017 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS. Other Honorees include AIRBNB, GE, etsy and Microsoft.

Freiburg, March 27, 2017 —Fast Company has named Frey Architekten’s Heidelberg Village one of the finalists for its premiere World Changing Ideas Awards, which honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. All of the finalists are highlighted in the April issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands on March 27.

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Germany engineers a new housing model

2017.03.10

In the city of Heidelberg, a relic of German romanticism on the banks of the river Necker, people are being interviewed to live in a special kind of house. This is not Germany’s version of Big Brother, though in some respects it is a kind of residential social experiment. Heidelberg Village is the largest passive housing complex in the world. Set on 6,100 square metres of land, it takes the principles of sustainable Passivhaus design and expands it to include a social perspective. The result is a prototype for multi-generational living that encourages a sense of community.

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Wolfgang Frey and Heidelberg Village on Chinese television

2016.12.21

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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