Sustainable Houses

LichtAktiv Haus – A Sustainable Home Built Around the Idea of Natural Light

Natural light is an important component of sustainable design and architecture, and the LichtAktiv Haus developed by VELUX is a perfect example of how to minimize the use of articifial lighting in a modern home.

As its name suggests, the LichtAktiv Haus is based on the idea of natural light and how to take full advantage of it, during the day. Each room of the futuristic-looking home has been fitted with giant windows on the roof and walls that flood them with natural light, rendering any kind of artificial lighting device unnecessary. The windows and skylights have been strategically placed by light designer Peter Andres, who knew just what to do in order to maximize daylight. The house also features an automatic system that controls blinds, roof windows and awnings, raising and lowering them at different times of the day.

Seeing as the LichtAktiv Haus is designed by VELUX, the same company who created Russia’s model sustainable house, it also features some state-of-the-art energy-efficient technologies. Polycrystalline photovoltaic panels line the roof of the house, along with an air water heat pump, storing energy for heating and hot water, while a smart water-saving system allows you to use rainwater for the toilets, washing machine and irrigation. Also, when roof windows are open, hot air is funneled out top while fresh air stays at the bottom.

 

 

 

via Style Park

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