German city where green building is the norm

Freiburg in south-west Germany has established its international reputation as an “eco-city”, with numerous environmental industries and research establishments based there and a municipal government that is dedicated to low-energy buildings. The city’s street are partially automobile free, and inhabited instead by an extensive public transport system and a cycling population.

Key to the city’s green policies was the creation of the Vauban neighbourhood in the mid-1990s as a model sustainable district. Sited on a former French military base, the area was planned to house 5,000 residents and is already well established. A combination of low energy consumption and extensive localised generation means that all homes in the community are net energy producers. — Full Story at Green Building Press

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