Credit to: Energy Plus International

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Energy+ International Ltd is planning series of trainings and events in Bulgaria and Romania to promote the most energy efficient standard – the Passive House Standard. The Summer Academy for Passive Buildings will start on May 13th in Sofia Bulgaria with a 7 day training “Certified Passive House Designer” CEPH for international professionals. Guest lecturer will be the Passive House designer from Denmark arch. Anders Sonnichsen who is well known to the Bulgarian architectural community as a member of the panel of judges for the Passive House design competition in Lozen, Bulgaria. (more…)

Credit to: Passivhaus Institut, Germany

Wolfgang Feist awarded Honorary Fellowship – Visits to projects in the UK 

Darmstadt. Prestigious recognition for Dr. Wolfgang Feist and the Passive House in London: The German pioneer in energy efficient construction was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The award ceremony took place on 6 February with a gala dinner held at the head office of the renowned architects association. The founder and director of the Passive House Institute and professor of building physics at the University of Innsbruck also took advantage of this trip to visit a selection of innovative building projects and exchange information with major stakeholders involved in the development of the Passive House concept in the UK. (more…)

 

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Photo: © Passive House Institute (Germany) The Muhmann family won a short stay in a Passive House in Großschönau (Austria).

Photo: © Passive House Institute (Germany) The Muhmann family won a short stay in a Passive House in Großschönau (Austria).

Darmstadt, 15.1.2013. Those wishing to experience the advantages of Passive House buildings first hand can avail themselves of the opportunity to do so in April in a competition taking place at the International Passive House Conference in Frankfurt am Main. Correct answers to some simple Passive House questions combined with a bit of luck can win you a short stay in a particularly efficient accommodation in Vienna, near the River Rhine or at the foot of the Alps. The winners of last year’s competition confirm that it’s worth your while! (more…)

Credit to: BAU 2013

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Photo: © BAU 2013: Even more international, more professional, more innovative

  • Exhibitors delighted: “the BAU trade fair where you need to be is”.
  • With over 235,000 visitors was the record level of 2011 again reached.
  • For the first time more than 60,000 international visitors.
  • Top architects such as Daniel Libeskind and Christoph Ingenhoven confirm the importance of the BAU as the leading architects fail.

BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials, systems, more international, and become finer than ever and even more professional. On this denominator can bring six successful days, the No. 1 platform in the industry again with the venues enthusiastic exhibitors and visitors have brought.  (more…)

The beach might not be a turtle egg-laying site for much longer (Image: Patricio Robles Gil/Sierra Madre)

The beach might not be a turtle egg-laying site for much longer

Credit to: http://www.newscientist.com/

by Catherine Brahic, La Escobilla, Mexico

THE egg is exactly the same shape, size and colour as a ping-pong ball, but soft and covered in a thin, glistening fluid. Just seconds ago it was dumped into a hole in the sand by a female olive ridley sea turtle.

It’s midnight on La Escobilla beach on Mexico’s Pacific coast, where two biologists and I squat near the solitary turtle. She’s one of the stragglers; last week, some 50,000 females swam in to lay their eggs, a phenomenon known as an arribada. The beach plays host to several arribadas each year. In 2007, 1.4 million nests were dug in this 15-kilometre stretch of sand, making it a contender for the largest sea-turtle nesting site in the world. (more…)

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Electronics company Samsung has made a $7.04 billion commitment to the government to construct a massive eco-friendly production facility in South Korea. The reclaimed wetland area of Saemangeum has been awarded to Samsung by the South Korean Government for the development of the facility. The green town will boast a wind-power generator, solar battery house, research headquarters and 20,000 employee homes.

Last year, Samsung announced that it would invest 23 trillion Korean Won (just over $21 million USD) over the course of the next 10 years toward social programs like healthcare as well as green energy. The new eco-production facility is just a fraction of the plan. (more…)

Velodrome Olympic Stadium in London

Velodrome Olympic Stadium in London

by Andrew Michler

The 2012 Velodrome Olympic Stadium in London has just finished construction, and the stunning design by Hopkins Architects features both clean lines and sustainable features. Spotted on Designboom, the Velodrone is the first of the “big-five” large projects to be completed for the games. With natural cooling, water harvesting and daylighting seamlessly integrated into the program, this structure bodes well for both green design and energy savings.

Velodrome Olympic Stadium in London

Velodrome Olympic Stadium in London

The 2010 Vancouver games gave us some ground breaking green projects so we look forward to see how the 2012 facilities turn out. The beautiful saddle-like building was carefully engineered to be simple to construct with lightweight materials, and the construction takes advantage of use natural resources to operate as a calibrated, elegant whole. The striking white roof has rows of skylights crossing the complex, providing daylight and allowing overhead lights to be off during the daytime. The white roof is made from a net of cables supported by the surrounding steel super structure and will deflect the summer sun during the games thus reducing the cooling needs. (more…)

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