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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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“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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EFA Magazine: First Look – Heidelberg Village

2016/12/19

Heidelberg Village is part of a large sustainable development project in the new urban district, Bahnstadt, on the site of a former freight yard in Heidelberg, Germany. With 162 units, Heidelberg Village will accommodate people from all walks of life: from single households to disabled residents to seniors. Construction started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

Residential units will range from one- to five-room apartments and many units are being built to accommodate residents who need nursing care or special needs, including handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

Architecture firm Frey Group (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is also working together with outpatient care and domestic care services, which will have offices within the village.

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The Global Awards: Wolfgang Frey received an award in London

2016/11/14

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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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CNN: Building a green oasis in the heart of a city

2016/11/02

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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