THE ACTIVE HOUSE KEY PRINCIPLES ARE AS FOLLOWS
- a building that provides an indoor climate that promotes health, comfort and sense of well-being
- a building that ensures good indoor air quality, adequate thermal climate and appropriate lighting levels and acoustical comfort
- a building that provides an indoor climate that is easy for occupants to control and at the same time encourages responsible environmental behaviour.
- a building that is energy efficient and easy to operate
- a building that substantially exceeds the statutory minimum in terms of energy efficiency
- a building that exploits a variety of energy sources integrated in the overall design.
- a building that exerts the minimum impact on environmental and cultural resources
- a building that avoids ecological damage
- a building that is constructed of materials with focus on re-use and re-purpose
When designing an Active House, it must be ensured that the building in operation works as intended and that the users are capable of behaving as they intend . In order to ensure efficient and responsible operation of the building and to assist building users in a responsible behaviour, it is important that the building and systems work as intended, that building users are aware of actual performance and that assistance is provided to promote efficient and responsible behaviour .