Solar Settlement at Schlierberg

The Solar Settlement at Schlierberg ( German : Solarsiedlung am Schlierberg ) is a 59 PlusEnergy home housing in Freiburg , Germany. Solar architect Rolf Disch wanted to apply His PlusEnergy concept created Originally With His Heliotrope home, to mass residential production. This residential complex won such awards as House of the Year (2002), Residential PV solar integration award (2002), Germany’s most beautiful housing community (2006). It is the first housing community in which all the homes produce a positive energy balance and which is emissions-free and CO 2neutral. Built between 2000 and 2005 in the Vauban quarter of Freiburgthe design of each home offers maximum energy efficiency and turns energy bills into energy income. The Solar Settlement has proved to be more than 4,000 Euros ($ 5,600) each year in solar energy profits. Disch believes the image his community is exhibiting as eco-savings. Disch says 50 homes that eliminate energy bills and feed clean sustainable energy in the city’s grid is the imperative we need. They contribute to the goal of sustainable economic and economic development and are more likely to be economically, beautiful, comfortable and in fact preferable. The tenants at the Solar Settlement do not want to make any compromises in their living situations but rather they have both environmentally friendly and economically improved. Made fromBlack Forest Timber, the wood interior and natural lighting provide for happily bed spaces and a natural flow from room to room.


MoreEnergy is a coined concept developed by Rolf Disch that indicates a structure of extreme energy efficiency that it holds a positive energy balance, actually producing more energy than it uses. With the completion of his private residence, the Heliotrope, in 1994, Disch had created the first PlusEnergy house in the world. The sheer logic of a home that creates more energy than it consumes made perfect sense to Disch. His next goal in its development was thus the mass application of the concept to residential, commercial and retail space. As the concept is further developed and gained by other companies, PlusEnergy certifications. PlusEnergy is a simple concept that has been materialized in a technical design. “MoreEnergy is a fundamental environmental imperative,” Disch claims. [1] Disch believes that passive building is not enough because passive homes still emit CO 2 into the atmosphere – we can solar activate our homes!

Community Planning

Rolf Disch dedicates a lot of planning and planning to the symbiosis of his projects’ surroundings. A solar community of general identification and an enormous public image. Disch says he attracts great tenants, creative entrepreneurs and creative work places through his design. Disch always aims to create a community with combined uses for an urban planning concept like a traffic management concept – with wide, attractive walkways, bike routes and connections to public transportation. At the Solar Settlement for example, tenants and owners embrace a bike and carsharing and the neighborhood has an extensive car-free zone with many public transportation connections. Also has community solutions for energy. For example,


  • 2008 German Sustainability Award
  • 2007-08 Japanese PEN-Magazine Creativity Award
  • 2006 Germany’s most beautiful housing community
  • 2005 Wuppertal Energy and Environment Prize
  • 2003 Global Energy Award
  • 2002 European Solar Prize
  • 2001 Photovoltaic Architecture Prize Baden-Württemberg

See also

  • Sustainable architecture
  • Rolf Disch Solar Architecture
  • Rolf Disch
  • PlusEnergy
  • Sun Ship
  • Heliotrope (building)
  • Energy-plus-house
  • Passive solar design
  • Anti-nuclear movement in Germany
  • Green building
  • Zero-energy building


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