Active House – The good side of buildings

Active House – The good side of buildings

Discover the principles of Active House and of those buildings that are valuable not only because of their zero impact to the environment but also because of the attention given to the comfort and health of their occupants.

When asked what an Active House is, the simplest answer we like to give is: ’Active House is a building which is good to the environemnt and to the people’.

The concept of an Active House incorporates three key principles: comfort for the occupants, energy efficiency and positive impact on the environment.

The comfort aspect is reflected in the creation of healthier and more comfortable life indoor conditions for the occupants, ensuring a generous supply of daylight and fresh air. Materials used have a neutral impact on comfort and indoor climate.

An Active House is energy efficient. All energy needed is supplied by renewable energy sources integrated in the building or from the nearby collective energy system and electricity grid.

Finally an Active House interacts positively with the enviro

nment through an optimised relationship with the local context, focused use of resources, and its overall environmental impact throughout its life cycle.

An Active House is certified through a label, which is a world wide quality stamp for comfortable and sustainable buildings. It advices on elements that are important to humans life and living in their homes.

This reconizes the value of a bulding which embraces the values of respecting the environment and the health of the people leaving in it.

The question we get often is how to measure the added-value of an Active House? This question was answered by Leapcraft, an innovative company which uses sensors and data to measure the performance of buildings.

Last year Leapcraft partenered with Green Solution House, Velux and GXN Architects to study the Active House parameters. The aim is to quantify the parameters using real data instead of just estimates.

Green Solution House, located in Bornholm, Denmark, is an example of how a hotel can be renovated and run aiming for a zero-waste — zero-impact state. It is also an example of an Active House, being the first project winning the prestigious Active House label award.

Leapcraft covered the Green Solution House like a blanket, measuring air quality, temperature-humidity and noise indoors along with environmental parameters outside during the 2017 autumn.

The results of this initiative have been published in a case study which can be downloaded HERE.

If you want to learn more about the Active House prinicpels and how to get the Active House label join the event ’energy efficiency as smart buildings approach’ on 23 May in Copenhagen.

This is a personal invitation only event. Please request your invitation to: Secretariat@activehouse.info

Stay tuned on the Active House website for further infomtation on the upcoming competition to win an Active House label.

Link to event

From Green Solution House to Leapcraft’s Lab — harvesting data, robust and reliable cloud infrastructure, data analysis and custom builds for visualisations deliver a human-readable sensemaking of sensors. Illustration credit: Leapcraft