The lambda value of a material indicates its ability to transfer heat: this property is therefore very important in the design of highly performing buildings and passive houses. The information commonly available is unfortunately quite confusing: with this article, we'll try and shed some light on the topic.
A couple of weeks ago, we took part to the 2016 edition of the Passive House Window Talks. This year, the location was Riga, Latvia. The focus of the event is the importance of windows for comfort and energy efficiency of highly performing buidlings such as passive houses.
The construction system certification is possibly the least known certification offered by the Passivhaus Institut, and yet it can help spreading passive buildings all over the world. We worked on the first system certification for passive houses in a warm climate: we try and explain what it's all about.
Larger, thinner, and lighter. Textured, patterned, and combined. The overwhelming feeling from this year's edition of CERSAIE Bologna was that the ceramics industry is successfully launching this versatile material into place as a sustainable, cost-effective, technologically superior, and aesthetically pliable substitute for many other traditional building materials.
After you've done your research, evaluated your options, and settled on passive design as a valid and worthy goal for your dream home, you usually arrive at this very important question: "But what will my passive house look like?!" The possibilities are limitless! Almost. Why almost?
For fear of stepping too far outside of the box, we have remained in it for far too long. With this little article, I would like to remind you of a modern and beautiful way of continuing to respect the landscape that has made Italy so famous: vegetated roofs, or "green roofs".
We are interested in the idea of using green roofs in landscape heritage areas to reinforce the remaining historic structures, while returning all newly developed surface area into natural vegetation and effectively hiding the new building in the landscape.
Imagine if every house had a green roof, instead of traditional shingles or roof tiles? This is the community of Wohldorf-Ohlstedt near Hamburg, Germany. This was the first stop on our day of excursions to various green roofs in the Hamburg area for the 3rd International Green Roof Congress.
On my most recent visit to my hometown of Dallas, Texas, I was lucky enough to attend a home tour organized by the Dallas chapter of the The American Institute of Architects (AIA). After living here in Italy for almost…
Designing with daylight in mind not only allows for a more comfortable interior space, but it can also give you substantial savings in energy consumption. By integrating ArchiCAD's BIM technology with Velux's Daylight Visualizer, architects can now precisely simulate daylighting in buildings…