New design tool and approaches, and innovative construction methods are enabling architects and engineers to conceive and develop increasingly complex and daring building envelopes. This process is rapidly reshaping our built environment, and transforming the concept of building envelope itself, which is no longer a passive and static element that only separates the indoor environment from the outdoor world. In this fast changing context, one of the major issues is the evaluation of the performances of such complex façade systems.
Post date: 18 Mar 2019
The House on the Mountain was conceived as house for one family with three additional holiday apartments.
Post date: 25 May 2017
The “energy eater” European building stock is aiming for a greener future. Researchers are testing an “envelope” system combining active and passive technologies, fitted over the existing façade, to make buildings more efficient. But will it work efficiently under different temperatures, both in northern and southern Europe?
Post date: 8 Feb 2017
Active House General Assembly- open conference on design and development of healthy and comfortable buildings
You are invited to join the Active House General Assembly (GA) taking place on 7. March 2017 at Ecobuild in London.
Before the official part of the General Assembly, the alliance will organize an open conference within the overall Ecobuild theme to foster sustainability for health and happy people.
Post date: 6 Feb 2017
On 19 April 2016, the Active House Alliance announced the official launch of the 2016 Active House Award Contest. Professional house builders, developers and architects are invited to submit their project on sustainable buildings. This will be evaluated based on the Active House vision; the winner will be awarded with an Active House label.
Submission and important dates
Post date: 21 Apr 2016
The first active house in the United Kingdom is now a fact. It took just 16 weeks to construct and cost £1,000 per m². The house, designed by Professor Phil Jones and his team based at the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University), has been built as a prototype to meet tough targets for zero carbon housing set by UK Government and was officially launched by Edwina Hart AM, The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, on 16 July 2015..
Post date: 23 Jul 2015
Post date: 27 May 2015
This document outlines the specifications for designing an Active House, described as a building that combines energy efficiency with specific attention to the indoor climate and focusing on user’s health and well-being. The scope of this specification is residential buildings.
Post date: 13 May 2015
This document outlines the guidelines intended to be used in the early design process of an Active House which focus on the three main principles/criteria: comfort, energy and environment and the sub-criteria from the Active House Specifications.
Post date: 12 May 2015
VELUX has announced the launch of the first reproducible climate renovation project in Brussels, Belgium. A climate renovation is a unique concept in which excellent indoor comfort is combined with high energy efficiency. After experimenting with several demonstration buildings across Europe, the roof window producer will now renovate a house in the garden-city Bon Air in Anderlecht.
Post date: 11 Feb 2014