Active House Alliance participate at Solar Decathlon

The Danish project “EMBRACE” from DTU and the Italian project “RHOME for DenCity” from Universita Degli Studi di Roma is two of twenty Solar Decathlon projects that is on exhibition in Paris. Both projects has been evaluated based on the Active House principles and radar and members of the Active House Alliance has supported the project either with knowhow or technical solutions. Politecnico di Milano and the Technical University in Denmark DTU, has both supported the projects with knowledges on Active House principles and companies like Grundfos, Saint Gobain and VELUX has supported with sponsorship or products.

EMBRACE were presented during the Danish Day at Solar Decathlon, which among others also included a presentation of Green Solution House, a renovation project of a hotel and conference center, which is based on the Active House principles. The Danish day also included a panel session with dialog on sustainable buildings and Active House, where the Active House Alliance members Saint Gobain Glass, DTU and VELUX discussed the development together with other representatives.


Team RHOME (Rome & Home) has chosen to study the urban context of the outskirts of Rome. This is where housing, country, archeology and illegal buildings are interwoven. The project revolves around the whole metropolitan area and includes the facets of density, climate change, protection of nature and energy savings. Team RHOME is a “Raise the roof” project that among others seeks to re-densify and re-qualify the boundaries of the city by reinforcing urban settlements and working on a sustainable mobility solution for the whole metropolitan area. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the sense of belonging of inhabitants by establishing a strong relationship between people and nature while providing buildings with clean active energy systems.

The Active house evaluation of the two projects is described in the above pictures with the Active House Radar. Both project perform to the best levels on several parameters and it will be interesting to follow the further development and competition at Solar Decathlon.

Solar Decathlon also include a student home from the University of Darmstadt, which also follow the principles of Active House with plenty of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Some members of the alliance, among others Rockwool International is present with a small exhibition during the two weeks of the competition.

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