RIBA Journal: Germans build Passivhaus village2016.08.30
Work has begun on the world’s biggest Passivhaus housing scheme
In my previous article we revealed the challenges of designing the UK’s largest Passivhaus building, in Leicester – now the Germans are at it too as construction gets under way on the world’s largest Passivhaus residential project, in Heidelberg.
Heidelberg Village has a 6,100m2 footprint and was designed by architect Frey Architekten to function as a ‘living community’, with two blocks of multi-generational one- to five-bedroom apartments that blend the requirements of residents with special needs with those of the abled-bodied.
The scheme will be built to meet the fundamental Passivhaus tenet of 15kWh/m2 per year maximum heating demand. The building also adheres to the five-finger principle of sustainability, devised by architect Wolfgang Frey to cover ecology, affordability, integration, innovation and profitability.