Sustainable Houses

The Perfect Sustainable House Built for Model Family in Moscow

The result of Russian, Danish and French collaboration, Active House is model sustainable home built outside Moscow featuring the latest energy-efficient technology to ensure maintenance costs significantly lower than those of a conventional house.

Completed earlier this month, the Active House is located in a housing development 20 kilometers southwest of Russia’s capital and aims to provide a health indoor climate for the family living in it, as well as reduce impact on the environment. A real breakthrough in the country’s residential construction, the house cost 28 million rubles (nearly $1 million) to build, and if we include the interior and landscape design costs, the price reaches 40 million rubles ($1,32 million). Dmitry Aksyonov, owner of Zagorodny Proyekt, the developer in charge of the build,admits the Active House was quite expensive, but points out the main goal of the project was to cut maintenance costs as much as possible, without considering construction costs. He compared it to a concept car equipped with the latest technologies.

Covering a total area of 230 square meters, the Active home will have much lower maintenance costs than traditional costs. A number of solar panels and a geothermal pump will assure low costs for hot water and heating of around 12,556 rubles, compared to 24,000 rubles for a house using gas, and 217,000 rubles for one that relies on electricity. According to a statement by Velux and Zagorodny Proyekt, the annual energy consumption for heating will be reduced with 75%, to 38 kilowatt hours per square meter. The big wooden house features a white interior and white furniture to increase indoor lighting without the use of electricity, and also features a special system that allows control of temperature and air circulation.

Although the 40 million ruble price could set most people off, the Active House would be 20%-25% cheaper if mass production of similar house started in Russia. The companies behind this sustainable project hope it can lead to the creation of sustainable construction principles in the country. Meanwhile this impressive home will be tested by journalist Asya Dunayevskaya and her family, for a year. The 30-year-old mother-of-two and her husband contacted the developers and proposed they test it out. “I like the house very much, it exceeded all my expectations. The windows are huge, there’s a lot of space, and it has a feeling of freedom.” Dunayevskaya said in an interview.

Story via Moscow Times

Photos via Velux


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