An Active House is the result of efforts to actively integrate the three main principles of Comfort, Energy and Environment in the design of a building and in the finished building.

The Active House Radar shows the level of ambition of each of the three main Active House principles, containing four criteria for Comfort, three for Energy, and two for Environment.

The integration of each principle describes the level of ambition of how ‘active’ the building has become. For a building to be considered as an Active House, the level of ambition can be quantified into four levels, where 1 is the highest level and 4 is the lowest passing level.

The ambitious requirement for Active House includes all nine criteria and recommends the lowest level for each of them.
As long as a criterion is better or equal to the lowest level of ambition, it is an Active House feature within that specific criterion.

The Active House Radar to the right shows how all criteria and goals within each principle are dependent on each other. When (re)designing a dwelling or housing complex, the basic idea is to select individual and ambitious requirements for each criterion.

The Active House Radar is a great tool for displaying the ambition reached for the building with the calculated values. When the building is inhabited and the criteria are calculated based on measurements, the Radar can also be a useful tool for monitoring, evaluating and improving the building. As a communication tool, it provides a clarity as to why the integration of criteria is important for creating Active Houses.

To calculate the separate values displayed in the radar, different tools can be used. On the website of Active House (, a number of tools are available.


This figure shows how all criteria within each principle are balanced against each other. It also shows that the Active House criteria depend on active choice and prioritisation within each principle.