Russia's winters may be long and cold, but this striking home outside of Moscow harnesses smart design and alternative energy sources to consume 7-8 times less energy than the nation's average home! The prototype home developed by Polygon Lab and VELUX group utilizes various forms of renewable energy, demonstrating that Russia can achieve sustainable design despite any perceived obstacles.
The designers managed to slash the building’s carbon footprint so that it emits only 110 kWh/ m2 a year by using building-integrated solar panels and passive design techniques that ensure the home is flooded with light and well-ventilated.
The home is clad in sustainably sourced timber, giving it a natural, fresh look. The completion of the project was such a big deal for Russia that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark cut the ribbon at a ceremony, marking the completion of the country’s very first Active House.