No. 501 . 15 December 2010 
ArchitectureWeek

ArchWeek Image
The Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity Passive House, in Charlotte, Vermont, combines classic New England style with game-changing energy efficiency. Photo: J.B. Clancy/ Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc.

Build Boston 2010

by Evan H. Shu, FAIA

The venerable Build Boston conference often provides an excellent way to take the temperature of the architecture and construction industry. This year was no different, as the conference, now in its 26th year, took on a leaner, less glitzy feel, with a smaller trade show area and fewer celebratory ballroom events. But it was clear that attendees were serious about preparing for the future: the nearly 200 workshops and seminars were extremely well attended by thousands of industry professionals.

Among the diverse range of topics covered at the conference, held November 17 to 19, 2010, three major themes emerged at the most popular sessions: energy, technology, and codes.

Energy Conservation: Passive House

Six of the seminars were grouped as a symposium on the topic of "Passive House" buildings, which are airtight, super-insulated houses and other structures that rely on passive (non-mechanical) energy gain, augmented by renewable resources.

Proponents like to say such buildings "can be heated with a hair dryer"; no less impressive, the buildings are typically warmed sufficiently by the heat from occupants and appliances. The key elements of this approach are codified into a set of measurable standards that can result in a building being certified by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) or by corresponding European organizations.

In the talk "Passive House: Carbon Neutrality in Europe and North America," Katrin Klingenberg of PHIUS and Günter Lang of Lang Consulting in Vienna described some of the history of this rapidly growing movement, which traces its roots to the late 1980s and the work of Bo Adamson of Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of Germany.

With over 25,000 buildings now certified, the Passive House (Passivhaus) standard has become quite well entrenched, especially in Europe and particularly in Germany and Austria. The 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Village under construction in Innsbruck, Austria, will have its 444 residential units constructed to this standard.   >>>

Continue...

Departments   ·   News   ·   Design   ·   Building   ·   Design Tools   ·   Environment   ·   Culture

 

ArchitectureWeek Daily Headlines

IN THIS ISSUE
 Contents/RSS
News
Build Boston 2010
People and Places
People and Places
Design
Salt Lake City Public Library

AND MORE
  Current Contents
  Blog Center
  Download Center
  New Products
  Products Guide
  Classic Home
  Architecture Forum
  Architects Directory
  Topics Library
  Complete Archive
  Web Directory
  About ArchWeek
  Search
  Subscribe & Contribute
  Free Newsletters
   

 
QUIZ
 
NEXT WEEK
Send this to a friend       Subscribe       Contribute       Media Kit       Privacy       Comments     Twitter     Facebook
Special thanks to our sustaining subscribers, including Building Design UK, Building Design News UK, Building Design Tenders UK, Building Trades UK.

...
Next Page >
GREAT BUILDINGS   |   ARCHIPLANET   |   DISCUSSION   |   COMMUNITY   |   NEW BOOKS   |   BLOGS   |   SEARCH
http://www.ArchitectureWeek.com/2010/1215/index.html
© 2010 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved