Quantifying an Active House

CASE STUDY: Green Solution House, Bornholm

Active House has a vision to create buildings that offer healthier and comfortable indoor climate for their occupants without negative impact on the environment — measured in terms of energy, fresh water consumption, and the use of sustainable materials. This is is a remarkable approach to building design that is seeing rapid adoption amongst the contruction industry and architects. Despite the merits of this approach there is now a need to actually quantify the parameters using real world data and not just estimates.

Leapcraft enabled this vision via the use of sensors and data processing software that can cope with real time analytics and streaming data. The use of sensors opens up the possibility to actually look for patterns, analyse historic data and even deliver insights for both planning and remedial measures if required. This is approach has been tried out at the Green Solution House in Bornholm, Denmark as the first of its kind experiment in collaboration with Velux and GXN Architects.

This is report explains the quantifying of Active House Principles by meticulous deployment of sensor nodes and collection of indoor environmental data over a period to verify if the building design lives up to its proposed standards. Following the insights, we are able to show its impact on indoor climate and energy consumption. We believe this approach to design and constant validation using data will deliver the promise of sustainable buildings and healthier living in the near future.

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