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Launch of Active House Specifications - first version

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The first version of the Active House Specifications will be launched at the Active House Symposium in Brussels on 14 April 2011.

This specification is intended to be a guide for designing an Active House, as a building that combines energy efficiency with specific attention to the indoor climate and focus on user’s health and well-being. The scope of this specification is residential buildings. The Active House specification is intended to be a guideline for construction and design industries at an international level. It seeks innovative approaches at technical levels whilst introducing goals of architectural quality and environmental design responsiveness and still securing energy efficiency.

These specifications have been developed using an open-source model. The development has involved online debates and contributions as well as offline meetings and workshops with broad participation across the building industry globally.

These specifications launched now are indeed the first edition. The next steps will focus on communicating the specification, and continuing the dialogue based on the experience from the practical application of the specification. Your comments and point of view are mostly welcome and can be given at The knowledge gained from the dialogue will be used to develop and improve the next edition of the specification, which is expected to be within two years time.