Photo: © Benthem Crouwel Architects Passive House Office in Etrium, Cologne

The tenant of the “Etrium” in Cologne, the international company Econcern headquartered in the Netherlands, has been involved since 1984 with the aim of realizing “a sustainable energy supply for everyone”. In Cologne, a suitable office building now should be built, which reflects the company’s vision of architecture and energetic idea. There should be an innovative office in Passive House standard is established, which is also architecturally sophisticated. The three-storey building covers an area of 3751 m² and can accommodate a total of 150 employees. (more…)

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Source: International Passive House Association

PHI Press Release, 19 April 2013

International conference for sustainable buildings in Frankfurt, Germany.


Photo: Hellenic Passive House Institute. 17th International Passive House Conference 2013

The energy revolution is well on its way, and Passive House offers a viable and cost effective solution for the building sector. The latest developments and innovative projects will be presented at the 17th International Passive House Conference, held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 19 and 20 April 2013. Renowned speakers from all over the world will give lectures on a variety of topics, ranging from thermal insulation to photovoltaic systems for roofs. A trade exhibition held in parallel to the conference will provide an overview of the latest components and systems for building owners and property developers. (more…)

Credit to: BAU 2013


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…)

Credit to : IG Passivhaus

10.01.2013 PHI Press release

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist presents certificates to the BAU in Munich

Darmstadt / Munich. The design flexibility in the planning of a Passive House is growing.

The number of newly certified by the Passive House Institute components reached 2012 a Record – a total of 134 products were awarded the recognized PHI seal of quality. Special requests a builder for architects are also at the highest standards of energy efficiency so no longer a problem: Even for components such as doors, skylights and balcony systems some manufacturers have now become certified products. At the trade fair BAU 2013 Munich in the Passive House Institute will award certificates for a number of new products. (more…)

Credit to: ENERGY + International

© ENERGY + International

The author of this article is the young architect Razvan Enescu. We met him at the symposium ” Nearly Zero Energy Building Design” that took place in October, 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. We were very impressed with Mr. Enescu’s study in depth of embodied energy of insulating materials. Many of these materials contain high levels of embodied energy and their use does not lead to logical and environmental solutions. We are excited that architect Razvan Enescu has accepted our invitation to share his research and knowledge especially for the readers and followers of Energy +. (more…)

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Credit to:  Clean Technica (

By Susan Kraemer

Two huge wind farm approvals totaling 1,400 MW (1.4 GW) bring New Zealand closer to its target of 90% renewable electricity by 2025. The small nation of four million gets more than three quarters of its electricity from clean energy already: 79%.

Geothermal and hydropower have long supplied the majority of New Zealand’s power, but hydro is at a natural limit. Wind is well positioned to fill the gap, according to Wind Energy Association CEO Eric Pyle. ”Wind power could generate 20% of New Zealand’s electricity by 2025, up from 4% today.”

That means growing wind from its current 615 MW to around 3,000MW.  These two approvals are a significant step forward, supplying nearly half of that at a total of 1,400 MW. The two large utility-scale wind farms are rated at 860 MW and 540 MW. (Another huge farm in the coal-rich South Island was denied, Meridian Energy is fighting to overturn a decision against its 630 MW Project Hayes in Otago.) (more…)

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Australian building regs may outlaw earth buildingIn Australia, according to an item by Hedley Thomas in ‘The Australian’ the handmade mudbrick — natural subsoil mixed with straw and water, and dried by the sun — symbolises Earth’s sustainability, green values and a low carbon footprint. From hippies putting up bush huts, to the well-off building impressive mansions, most agree on the insulation quality and energy efficiency of mudbrick. But now architects and others in the earth building industry, are at their wits’ end. Some are on the verge of admitting defeat to federal and state bureaucracies, which do not recognise the environmental value of the mudbrick. (more…)
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