Fresh-r wins passive house component award
The Dutch company Fresh-r has won the passive house components award at the 22nd annual Passive House Exhibition in Munich, for its decentralised residential ventilation system. Fresh-r worked together with the Scottish firm Collective Architecture on its submission for the award, which was presented at this year’s international Passive House Conference.
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“Two years ago, Fresh-r won the second prize, in the category for energy retrofits. Then it was a novelty, with a very narrow yet powerful heat exchanger that fits in the outer wall. Now it won the first prize, in the category new residential building. Because we think this should be the norm for layered construction,” Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passive House Institute said in handing over the prize.
The award jury found the collective submission by the two companies “the most effective way of ventilating with heat recovery, where comfort is assured at the lowest price, without wasting energy,” a statement from Fresh-r read.
It continued: “Fresh-r is like a breathing window. It is the smallest, simplest, smartest and most energy efficient ventilation with heat recovery. Because it uses copper to transfer the heat from one air stream to another. As a result, much wider air flows are possible, so that there is no pressure drop in the heat exchanger. Therefore, less power is needed. Less space. Less noise.”
Edward Hissink of Fresh-r commented: “To take the stage at an exhibition where the world’s pioneers in energy neutral construction are all together, to receive the first prize, feels great.” Fresh-r shared first place at the awards with ventilation manufacturer Pluggit.