Architecture which claims to formulate an attitude appropriate to our time and the future, must be a form of architecture that finds its forms and materials not by reference to traditional forms and materials. We should not ask “how did we use to work and live” but “how shall we work and live in the future”. The answer to this question requires an unconditional anticipation of what the future holds in store – a method which occasionally may lead us in the wrong direction but which is the only way in terms of being intellectually justifiable. Or, in the words of Hegel “…that the fear of being wrong constitutes an error in itself”. The architecture of our own time and the future must exhibit a radically different, viz. positive, attitude to the natural environment and its users and to its inherent technology.
Triple Zero ®
Triple Zero ® is a standard for sustainable architecture developed by Werner Sobek. It defines the demands a building must fulfil to satisfy aspirations regarding sustainability in the built environment. The name Triple Zero is protected by trademark law. R128 is a good example of a building fulfilling Triple Zero standards. Wherever possible Werner Sobek uses the Triple Zero concept as basis for the design, planning and construction of buildings. Consulting services provided by Werner Sobek equally follow the Triple Zero standard.
Zero Energy Building
On average, the building requires ZERO energy from external sources. The energy generated from regenerative sources on and in the building or the immediate piece of property upon which the building stands is at least equal to the entire primary energy requirements of the building for heating, cooling, hot water, auxiliary power and power for all typical domestic applications.
Zero Emission Building
The building produces ZERO carbon dioxide emissions. The reference value is the total primary energy demand, which is then converted to carbon dioxide emissions. No burning processes are permitted in the building or on the property.
Zero Waste Building
When the building is converted or deconstructed, it produces ZERO waste. At the end of their life cycle all building elements can be fully recycled without any components needing to be burnt or sent to a disposal site. The plot of land can be returned to nature without any fear of contamination or residual waste.