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Ultra-Efficient Danish Home Produces More Energy Than It Needs

by , 08/05/10

home for life, denmark, active house, net zero house, sustainable architecture, green building

After the home was completed the Simonsen family moved in and has been keeping track of how livable the home is. They keep notes about the home on their family diary blog (only in Danish), explaining how the automatic controls do or don’t work. It’s one thing to design a super efficient and automatically-controlled “smart home,” but it’s quite another to live in it. The Active House project is collecting all of this information from the family and will then apply that to the next houses they build.

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Via IEEE Spectrum

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2 Comments

  1. manny August 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    The energy used in building is as important as that used once it is built. A zero-energy house can use 30 years’ worth of energy to build because it uses materials such as steel, concrete and plastic

  2. ines p August 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Great experiment. It would be very good if they would translate some of this family’s thoughts also in Enghlish. So we would also understand their experience.

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