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Future Active House
Norway

A house whose technology and atmosphere can inspire future green buildings. That is the aim of Future Active House − a family home that comprises timeless design, a sense of connectedness to Norway’s stunning natural landscape, and myriad solutions for reducing energy consumption.

The Future Active House in Norway, completed in 2012, was the country’s second Active House. Located about 600 km from the Arctic Circle, the home is situated on the south-facing mountainside in the village of Stjørdal, near Trondheim, and is surrounded by mountains. The weather here ranges from mild, bright summers to winters with heavy snowfall and long nights.

The Future Active House showcases innovative solutions in a modern family home. It takes a holistic approach to the interaction between energy, indoor climate and environment, demonstrating that energy efficiency is compatible with a healthy, comfortable living space that enables its residents to make active use of the surrounding nature and local community. 

Architects Geir Brendeland and Olav Kristoffersen developed and designed the house, in close cooperation with energy consultants, with a focus on reducing emissions and minimising use of non-renewable resources. In design terms, the Future Active House pairs a timeless exterior with a light, simple and flexible interior.

We wanted the house to have a strict, modern, Nordic attitude on the outside, but to be bright and colourful on the inside,

says Geir Brendeland.

The house is equipped with both facade windows and roof windows. 

When you have light coming in from all directions, the residents can sense the progression of the day. They can feel the rhythm of nature and seasons, Brendeland adds.


Product solutions used in this case

VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows

  • Remote-controlled VELUX roof windows
  • Electrically or solar powered
  • Fresh air and a better indoor comfort

If you want ultimate comfort, the remote-controlled VELUX INTEGRA® roof window is the answer. The window comes with the new VELUX INTEGRA®control pad so you can control all your windows and accessories – such as blinds, awning blinds and roller shutters – easier and faster from anywhere in your house. A pre-fitted rain sensor will close your roof window automatically if it starts raining. Being available in both electrically and solar powered versions, the VELUX INTEGRA® roof window is the ultimate choice for out-of-reach installations or fresh air and a better indoor comfort.

Awning blinds

  • Heat protection
  • Transparent fabric
  • Installs from the inside

The exterior VELUX awning blind blocks the sun’s rays before they hit your window pane and reduces passive heating by up to 72%*. It helps keep your room comfortable on a warm, sunny day. Awning blinds are transparent, so you can still enjoy your view.

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