Strategy and goals
Our windows and accessories are designed and produced to promote healthy and sustainable buildings that provide more daylight, more fresh air and nearly-zero energy consumption.
By developing VELUX ACTIVE, we are taking the next step in applying smart home technology to support our vision of sustainable products.
Activities, performance and next steps
VELUX ACTIVE for optimum indoor climate
2017 saw the continued development of VELUX ACTIVE scheduled to launch globally at the beginning of 2018. Based on a range of indoor climate parameters such as temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, VELUX ACTIVE automates the operation of windows and sun screening to ensure optimum indoor climate in the home at all times regardless of season, weather, use of the room, etc.
VELUX ACTIVE was developed in cooperation with digital and climate experts from consumer electronics company NETATMO. The window operates based on real-time data from home sensors and external sources providing data on weather conditions. VELUX ACTIVE is compatible with the motorised VELUX Integra windows and shades as well as manual windows retrofitted with a mains or solar-powered motor.
- Prototypes of VELUX ACTIVE were first presented at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, where the product won prizes in the categories of Smart Home and Eco-design & Sustainable Technologies.
- VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO won the Special Jury Mention at the Batimat Innovation Awards in France. The special mention was given for the combination of expertise and joint innovation performed by the VELUX Group and NETATMO.
Can we make an energy-neutral window?
Under the working title ‘Sustainable window’, we are conducting a front-end innovation project to document the possibilities of developing a roof window that brings daylight and fresh air into the home with zero energy loss.
The experimental research project is carried out in partnership with the Danish Technological Institute and Aalborg University. It is financed by EUDP, the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program supporting the goal of making Denmark independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
The project was based on a 40 year-old house in Berlin, Germany.
The experimental test is being monitored for a full year before conclusions are drawn up in the spring of 2018.
My Daylight App
Surveys have shown that people find it difficult to envision how their home can be given new life with daylight through the roof. In order to help people visualise the opportunities, the VELUX Group has developed and launched My Daylight App. By entering a few parameters, e.g. room size, roof pitch and number of windows, the user receives a free daylight simulation of the room on a phone or tablet; 3D glasses complete the experience of the daylit room.
My Daylight App will be rolled out to 15 European markets in 2018. The 92 million or so European home owners make up the primary target group for the app. When it was presented at the Batimat building fair in Paris in 2017, the app also received great attention from the professional building community.
The App is available for free download at App store.