Winner of the 7th Active House Symposium – ZEMP HOUSE

On 16 and 17 October 2019 the Active House Alliance held its 7th symposium, where experts from all over the world interested in the sustainable construction exchanged ideas and best practices. This is the first time that this international event has come to North America.

During the event, the Active House Label Awards have been organized, where projects submitted to Active House have been evaluated and awarded in different categories.

The ZEMP House has been the winner of the DESIGNED BUILDINGS WITH RADAR CATEGORY. The architects are Andrii Leso Jr and Andrii Leso, while the developer is 8HOOD.

The basic focus within energy has been to minimize the use of energy and to optimize the building design. The heat loss through the climate shell has been minimized using innovative insulation solutions, reduce thermal bridges and creating an airtight construction.

All glazing areas have to be shaded. Automated sun shading systems save energy for heat, light and cooling. The use of sun shading systems at windows surfaces cuts energy costs during the heating period. The air quality in all main rooms is controlled when occupied and the hybrid ventilation is optimized to keep the co2 level and humidity low. Automated windows and skylights are provided the natural ventilation and indoor thermal comfort.

The design of commercial floor on the load bearing structure has been based on an expectation that the concrete structure will be reused when the building is out of use after 100 years. The load bearing structure of residential floors is based on hemp blocks, hemp boards and a wooden structure that.

In awarding the prize, the Jury Committee mentioned:

“A very interesting housing complex in USA that shows how Active House strategy and compact multi-property building can be a solution in order to challenge climate change with functional and aesthetical architecture. Very appreciated also the integration of green and gardens on the roof top.”

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