Active House – a holistic approach
Active House is a vision of buildings that create healthier and more comfortable lives for their occupants without negative impact on the climate – moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world.
The Active House vision defines highly ambitious long-term goals for the future building stock. The purpose of the vision is to unite interested parties based on a balanced and holistic approach to building design and performance, and to facilitate cooperation on such activities as building projects, product development, research initiatives and performance targets that can move us further towards the vision.
The Active House principles propose a target framework for how to design and renovate buildings that contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment and the use of renewable energy. An Active House is evaluated on the basis of the interaction between energy consumption, indoor climate conditions and impact on the environment.
Comfort – creates a healthier and more comfortable life
An Active House creates healthier and more comfortable 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.
Energy – contributes positively to the energy balance of the building
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.
Environment – has a positive impact on the environment
An Active House interacts positively with the environment through an optimised relationship with the local context, focused use of resources, and its overall environmental impact throughout its life cycle.
Active House Label – a tangible reflection of our vision
The Active House label is a tangible reflection of our vision and a worldwide quality stamp for comfortable and sustainable buildings. It advices on elements that are important to humans’ life and living in their homes. The Active House label can be issued to buildings that has been evaluated in accordance with the Active House specifications and meet the minimum demands for indoor comfort, energy efficiency and environment.
Please find all the supporting documents (Design Guide, Specification, Label calculation tool) and apply for a label here.
The Active House design guide gives a very general guide in the design of an Active House, it explains in general terms topics that need to be taken into consideration to design an Active House.
The Active House Specification include the Active House specification for dwellings and include the specification in English and German for download. You can give comments to the individual parts of the specifications
Radar – the label calculation tool
The Active House Radar shows the level of ambition of each of the three main Active House principles, and the diagram illustrates how all the parameters (Comfort, Energy, and Environment) of an individual Active House are balanced against each other.
Active House is a non-profit organization supported and managed by a group of Alliance Members & Partners (for more details see our Members & Partners section).