September 19, 2016
Addison Homes is committed to better building – and the Active House vision fits our continuous improvement process.
A European designation of optimal daylighting, indoor air quality and resource efficiency, Active House promotes healthier, more comfortable lives for homeowners while reducing negative impact on the environment. It’s all about resource-smart building practices that result in energy-efficient homes filled with plenty of natural light and fresh air.
Our Zero Energy Model in Trailside is the first Active House-certified home in the Southeast. Its open ambiance and healthy atmosphere is enhanced via ample daylighting and natural ventilation through an abundance of VELUX-brand skylights, sun tunnels and roof windows.
We like this designation because it advocates a balanced, holistic approach to building design and performance. The goal is to contribute positively to human health and well-being by focusing on the indoor and outdoor environment as well as 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:
Contributes positively to the energy balance of the building: An Active House is energy-efficient, with energy supplied by renewable sources integrated in the building or from the nearby collective energy system and electricity grid.
Creates a healthier and more comfortable life: An Active House creates optimal indoor conditions for the occupants, ensuring a generous supply of daylight and fresh air. Materials used have a positive impact on comfort and indoor climate.
Has a positive impact on the environment: An Active House interacts positively with the environment by means of an optimized relationship with the local context, focused use of resources, and on its overall environmental impact throughout its lifecycle.
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