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Freiburg, Germany (Aug 20th) – Rolf Disch, a well-known architect, has put Freiburg on the green eco-friendly map. The rest of the world is trailing far behind what Freiburg has already accomplished, living in harmony with the planet. A vast majority of Freiburg, Germany’s homes and businesses routinely use photovoltaic panels to generate energy.
Thirty five percent of Freiburg’s residents not only do not own cars, but also live their lives in green, earth friendly homes and run businesses from inside green, eco-friendly commercial buildings. As an added “bonus”, Disch also has transformed this little city into a tourist destination for eco-friendly travelers interested in green living and world survival.
Green before green was even fashionable, Disch, designed and then built the “Heliotrope” in 1994 as his personal residence. This one-of-a-kind residence has been called the “first building in the world to create more energy than it uses.” His green structure produces almost five times the amount of renewable energy it uses. It also is emissions free and CO2 neutral.
The Heliotrope uses rooftop dual-axis solar photovoltaic tracking arrays. The arrays revolve to capture the maximum amount of the sun’s rays during the day, with the additional innovative feature of the home itself rotating in the opposing direction to ensure maximum solar shading.
Disch’s home also incorporates a geothermal heat exchanger. This combination heat and power unit, along with solar-thermal balcony railings provides warm water, heat, a gray-water cleaning system, and a built-in natural waste compost.
Eco-friendly enthusiasts are providing an influx of tourism and new residents with Disch’s newly completed and fully occupied Solar Ship and Solar Village projects.
Green has gone from imagination to actuality in Freiburg as it provides both commercial and residential space for its residents. These projects alone produce four times the energy necessary to fully operate all structures.
“Germany not only jumped on that Green Train, they’ve cranked it up and are tenaciously propelling it down the sustainable future track,” states Linda Rembowski, a well-known go-green, eco-friendly supporter. “Meanwhile, back on this side of “the Earth ranch”, nit-wits are clamoring around forming committees and organizing feasibility studies.”
Rolf Disch created, more than two years ago, what the United States states its mission “for the future” needs to be – eco-friendly, go-green communities. Disch is living proof that talk is cheap, and that actions really do speak louder than words.
By: T. Cahill – WorldNewsVine