The PassivHaus or “Passive House” energy performance standard was developed in Germany in the 1990s. The city of Leipzig adopted the standard in 2008 for all new public construction. The city’s first compliant building, the Erich Kästner Primary School was built in 2009 by the architects at Planungsbüro Rohling AG Architekten + Ingenieure (pbr). (more…)
Responsive designs refer to both kinetic and dynamic façades and include non-stagnant building construction. These facades respond to their environment either via technology or manual stimulation. The responsiveness usually facilitates some kind of climatic benefit in which a daylighting or other energy efficiency function is enabled. Although the responsiveness of a façade can be purely aesthetic as well, adding a dimensional characteristic not often seen in architecture. (more…)
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