theenergyissue:

FLEXlab: A Test Bed for Building Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled the FLEXlab test bed, created to help buildings save energy, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in San Francisco. It is the only facility of its kind in the world, and its arrival marks significant moment as California attempts to cut the amount of electricity its buildings use. Researchers can easily swap out the lab’s heating, air conditioning and lighting, and even its windows. Furthermore, they can see how all of those elements perform together, not just one system at a time. A portion of the lab, resting on a concrete turntable that weighs a half-million pounds, can rotate 270 degrees to test how different angles of sunlight affect energy use. Sensors inside adjust temperature to minimize energy use while maximizing comfort. "We built FLEXlab with reconfiguration in mind…It’s like a kit of parts," says Cindy Regnier, executive manager of the project. ”This is about understanding the performance of a building before you spend millions of dollars on it.” 

(via danielkbrown)

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fuckyeahpassivehouse:

Production facility and Passivhaus Fruit Shop for Leeb Fruit Orchard in St. Andrä am Zicksee, Austria.

Photos from Archinect.

Passivhaus database entry 3654.

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fuckyeahpassivehouse:

Passivhaus seminar and apartment buildings for Pulmuone Holdings Co., Ltd., Goesan, South Korea.

Photos all from the architect’s website, except the first one from Dwell.

Passivhaus Database entry 2957.

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fuckyeahpassivehouse:

La maison Passivhaus en France.

Photos from Artdco

More information on the Passivhaus Database.

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subtilitas:

Diethelm Spillmann - Passivhaus, Mostelberg 2010. Photos (C) Roger Frei

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evohemp:

Using Hempcrete construction, Team Hemp House, is going to build a hemp demonstration house in Colorado. “The intent is to show that we can use hemp to build the foundation and the walls and the tiles, but also the furnishings in the house, including the food in the fridge. #hemp #sustainable #food #fuel #clothing #shelter #HempItsIndustry

(via speakerforthetrees)

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subtilitas:

BLAF - The passivhaus rated TSLN house, Sint-Niklaas 2012. Photo (C) Stijn Bollaert (thanks victor). 

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UK’s Largest Passivhaus Development Approved

The 150 home scheme will be built in rural Herefordshire, and has been designed by Hereford-based architects Architype.

Source

Planning application and masterplan here

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 DPR’s Phoenix office is officially certified as a Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB)! Producing as much or more energy than it consumes, the LEED®-NC Platinum office building is the first in Arizona and only the second office in the U.S. to achieve NZEB certification from the International Living Future Institute

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subtilitas:

BLAF - The passivhaus rated TSLN house, Sint-Niklaas 2012. Photo (C) Stijn Bollaert (thanks victor). 

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