Active House movement in China
Three years ago, VELUX China introduced the Active House vision and building principles to promote interest in architecture balancing health and well-being of people with environmental considerations.
Among others, VELUX China designed and built their new head office based on Active House principles. Since then, the office building has served as a showcase for smart and healthy building design. In 2017 alone, 4,000 building professionals paid a visit to the office building, which uses only 10% of the energy consumed by a traditional Chinese building.
At the same time, it provides a refreshing and revitalising indoor climate for the employees, which has reduced the number of sick days by almost 80% thanks to the building’s vastly improved air quality and intelligent ventilation system.
In 2016, the Society of Architects in China decided to establish the Active House Academic Committee to further explore and promote the opportunities for Active House buildings in China. In 2017, VELUX China hosted the official opening ceremony of the Active House Academic Committee, and in 2018 the Committee will promote Active House through a new Active House China Design Competition.
Moreover, VELUX China conducted four training sessions for Active House Verifiers. All in all, 40 people have been trained. Three labelled Active Houses are pipelined so far.