We are happy to announce that just after the second anniversary of its creation, our LinkedIn group ‘La Casa Passiva in Italia’ (Passive House in Italy) passed 1000 members. Considering that the Italian government has only recently adopted the European Directive on Near Energy Zero Buildings, there is still much work to be done as […]
No one can argue that the green roof industry is still in an “experimental” phase. Speaker after speaker proved this to be true in the three days of excursions and presentations in and around Hamburg two weeks ago.
While there was far too much information exchanged to repeat in detail, I thought I would mention just a couple of general topics of discussion that came out of this excellent conference.
We are pleased to announce that Emu Architects’ very own Enrico Bonilauri has officially become a Certified Passivhaus Designer, after having passed the Passivhaus Institut exam in December 2012.
This prestigious and internationally recognized professional certification is, without a doubt, a very important step in our continued education.
From a purely commercial point of view, the Italian real estate market seems to now understand the concept of the energy certification of buildings. However, the certificate itself is not sufficient to ensure the comfort and quality of the building. Here’s why: Case-Study: an ‘Emilia Romagna Class B’ house Sometimes friends, family or potential clients […]
PHPP – Passivhaus Design SoftwareThe iPHa – International Passive House Association – recently announced the new release of version 8 of PHPP, the design software for passive buildings.
After the 2012 release of version 7, this upgrade is going to allow further improvements for better design in warm humid climates with Passivhaus standard.
Given the recent developments in European legislation on energy efficiency, the theme of Near or Net Zero Energy Buildings in has become a hot topic. In a market that tends to interchange names, definitions and standards of construction, we propose a reflection on the difference between a Passive House and a Near or Net Zero […]
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 5 years, I had almost forgotten how true it is that everything really is bigger […]
After the success of our collaborative stand with Octopus Lab Project at the ‘Salone del Mobile’ (furniture expo) in Parma last winter, we decided to repeat the experience at the 2012 edition of Casa&Tavola (Home&Table) expo in Reggio Emilia. From October 6th to 14th, we will be presenting several solutions for ecological home design and […]