Nature-Friendly Buildings of the World: The buildings in Japan and Germany which consider the environment

Hello. It’s Suny. Have you seen the ‘Green Practices’ of Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, which is introduced in the blog? The Green Practices is the plan to be practiced not only in Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, but the plan for the world. Specifically, the Korean Government released the plan of ‘The Strategy of Green Growth’ to become the world’s 7th ranked green power by 2020, and the 5th ranked green power in the world by 2050. The nature-friendly boom is not limited only to Korea, rather it is a global trend due to the issue of the environment. You can experience various nature-friendly products everywhere, ranging from small disposable items to food.

Nowadays, when everyone considers the environment when constructing houses, apartments and buildings, we need to review which nature-friendly buildings exist in the world. First, I am going to introduce ‘SKY HOUSE’ in Japan and ‘PASSIVE HOUSE’ in Germany.


 The ‘ECO Housing’ of Japan is the building which was constructed as an experiment of ‘an extremely low energy consuming house technology based on new technology’ that was started from April, 2008 with the cooperation of several Japanese companies. The real purpose of eco housing is to create a house that requires zero maintenance costs for heating using various nature-friendly devices.

The high technology techniques which make this experiment possible are solar energy, floor heat storage system, ventilation system, heat pump water supplier, high thermal insulation, lithium battery, wind generation system, external blind, recording system in the roof and side wall, water spraying system using rain, V2H electric vehicle charger and so on.

– Passive House in Germany –

This is the Passive House which is located in the small city of Kassel, Germany. The uniqueness of this building is that it removes the basement to reduce construction costs and applies a semi-centralized ventilation system. It also applies 1 unit of centralized heat exchanger in every 6 to 8 houses in the roof to maximize living spaces and minimize the noise. It can control ventilation volume and room temperature and does not need further maintenance if each home changes the air filter periodically.

Environmental problems have become a global issue. Thus, environment-friendly buildings environment have been built globally as well. The consideration of the health of the environment is a common concern of the world’s people, not just me, Yeony. Next time, I will introduce Vertisholds in Switzerland, Integer House in England and ZEH in USA.

source:Living Culture Institute