Construction begins on model Passive House complex in Changxing, China
Construction is underway on a Passive House scheme in Changxing, southern China. Peter Ruge Architekten undertook this design challenge to demonstrate that highly sustainable Passive House techniques can be applied to damp, warm climates such as those in southern China to great effect. Once completed, the project is estimated to achieve a 95% energy saving compared to a conventional Chinese residential building.
The architect is working with real estate developers Landsea on a series of model apartments so that potential residents can trial the units before purchasing a Passive House of their own. Known as Bruck, the project includes a cluster of residential units, including 36 one-room staff flats, 6 two-room executive suites and 4 three-bedroom model apartments.
A release from the architects reads: “Peter Ruge Architekten, together with their client Landsea, and in cooperation with engineers from the German Passivhausinstitut Dr. Feist, have achieved an important architectural milestone through the design of Passive House Bruck, and the successful introduction of sustainable and future-oriented passive house standards to the Chinese residential housing market."
Fixed sun shading, triple glazed windows and highly insulated facades are just some of the sustainable design techniques implemented in the project to achieve the highest possible eco-standards. Passive House sets high standards for sustainability in architectural design through the reduction of the heating energy consumption of buildings. To meet the required standards a building must be well-insulated and virtually air-tight, gaining the majority of its heat from passive solar gain.