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.