Eco Active House, the Future of Sustainable Building
The current challenge is to build sustainable homes. Constructing homes solely with the focus of energy efficiency is only addressing part of the issue. We now have homes that may indeed be very energy efficient, but whose air quality and use of synthetic materials pose an environmental danger to their residents. These homes rarely make use of local, carbon-neutral and renewable sources of materials and labour. While reducing the energy requirements of a home may decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in order to run the home, the resulting increase of these emissions during the building phase are not addressed.
An Eco Active House seeks to ensure a sustainable solution, marrying design, energy options and indoor air quality with location and lifestyle for the end user. An Eco Active House makes use of natural, environmentally friendly materials combined with good design and reliable systems.
Sustainability, from a holistic housing perspective, includes quality of life and lifestyle. Integrated communities and housing environments may hold the key to a future of sustainability from construction through the life span of the home and its residents.
Building a house is determined by todays cost of material and labour, defining its value in 20 years.
Eco Active House is the future of sustainable building methods and climate-neutral buildings. Acknowledging the greater diversity of solutions and methods available, Eco Active House is a more comprehensive platform than the Passive House standards of yesterday.
Eco Active House Concepts
The Eco Active House concept addresses energy efficiency while keeping livability concerns like air quality and environmental impact in sight. A holistic approach ensures the Eco Active House operates in an environmentally friendly and energy efficient way.
Six inter-connected concepts of Indoor Quality, Energy, Building Material, Building Site the Environment as well as Water work within the Eco Active House platform.
An Eco Active House supports a healthy indoor environment (air quality) through the use of natural construction materials, ventilation, construction and design methodology. Eco Active House Indoor Environment Concepts can be further broken down:
- Building Materials – Use of environmentally friendly materials while safe-guarding indoor air quality.
- Air Quality & Ventilation – Use of structural design and materials to regulate ventilation to control humidity and air quality.
- Natural Ventilation – Simple, dependable methods of user-friendly ventilation.
An Eco Active House makes use of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydro and bio-fuels) while limiting energy consumption and therefore greenhouse gases through the use of super-insulation and good design. Eco Active House Energy Concepts can be broken down further into:
Energy – Addressed in the construction phase, this refers to the use of renewable, low-energy materials.
Energy Efficiency – Energy efficient designs that address space efficiency and technology (energy efficient equipment) and super insulation standards.
Energy Sources – Making use of renewable and/or carbon-neutral sources.
An Eco Active House respects the environment by using locally available, environmentally friendly renewable building products and materials. And Eco Active House becomes part of the environment and potentially part of the community. Eco Active House Environmental concepts can be further broken down:
Assessment of life cycle forms the selection methods of products used in Eco Active House construction.
Use of renewable, locally accessible and environmentally friendly materials and resources.
Construction methods adapt to the local climate and physical location demands of the building site.