Passivhaus design just got a big boost in China. The Passivhaus Bruck building designed by German architecture firm Peter Ruge Architekten has just been inaugurated in Changxing. The apartment building, which contains 46 residential units, meets Passive House standards, some of the most rigorous green building standards in the world, and seems to work even in the hot humid climate of the Yangtze delta.
The apartment building achieves 95 percent energy savings over other comparable buildings of its size and incorporates some of the most up-to-date sustainable technologies and strategies. The well-insulated building envelope which maintains optimal indoor temperatures throughout the year is complemented with a highly efficient ventilation system, triple-glazed, floor-to-ceiling windows and shading achieved through the introduction of colored terracotta rods. The fixed terracotta rods create an interesting pattern and provide optimal shading. The walls and ceilings are insulated with BASF’s polyurethane foams and graphite-infused Neopor panels.
Founder of Passivhaus and Director of the Passivhaus Institute, Dr. Wolfgang Feist, paid a visit to the new building and lauded it for its performance. According to Dr. Feist, Passivhaus Bruck complies with some of the major Passivhaus requirements, which are based on making use of passive cooling techniques, sunlight and internal heat sources and the inclusion of highly insulated envelopes and windows.