PHPP design package gets update

Passive house Planning Package 9

The Passive House Institute has upgraded their tried and tested Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) tool for designing energy efficient buildings. This latest upgrade not only allows reliable calculation of the energy demand in accordance with internationally applicable criteria, it also takes into account energy generation on or near the

Passivhaus with flying colours!

The Passive House district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg (Germany)

The Passivhaus (passive house) district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg (Germany) has passed the acid test. According to a report on recent measurements, the energy efficiency values that the designers had strived for have been met in full. In 2014, the average consumption of 1260 households with a total living area

Large parks are essential for happy cities

Cities should feature 'compact' development alongside large, contiguous green spaces to maximise benefits of urban ecosystems to humans, according to new research led by the University of Exeter.   More than half the world’s population now lives in cities. As numbers continue to swell, decision-makers across the globe grapple with how best

Krzywy Domek – The strangest building in the world!

When the Village of Joy portal published the list of the 50 strangest buildings of the world, the first place was awarded to the unique, unusual, full of magic 'Krzywy Domek' in Sopot, Poland with its fabulous architecture inspired by drawings by Jan Szancer. The Krzywy Domek defeated such world-wide buildings

Art in Downtown Qingdao

Urban murals of trendy fashion have caught people's eyes in downtown Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. These colorful wall paintings adorn the sides of apartment buildings along the Taidong commercial street in the coastal city known for its beaches, beer and seafood. The paintings were created in 2004, and were