Experts Encourage the Building Community to 'Go Active' in Round Table Talk



    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Researchers, engineers, architects
and experts from the international building sector gathered on the 22nd of
January in Copenhagen for the first international Active Housing Round Table
discussion. The aim of the day was to focus on the strong need and concern we
face today dealing with climate changes, energy consumption and indoor living
conditions. The Round Table event was hosted by VELUX A/S.
    'Active Housing' is a term that highlights the challenges of how to
combine energy design and liveability factor considerations in new and
existing housing stock.
    "The meeting today about 'Active Housing' is an opportunity to share
knowledge and points of view. Afterwards, discussions will continue in the web
community on the WIKI at http://www.activehousing.net. The overall aim of
doing this is to create a catalyst effect for formulating a visionary response
for innovative measures and solutions that tackle current challenges in the
construction and building industry in one solution," Michael K. Rasmussen,
CMO, VELUX A/S said in his introduction to the Round Table Forum Meeting.

    Keynote speakers and Round Table discussions

    The main topic of the 'Active Housing' Forum Meeting was to start the
discussion on a definition of Active Housing and to identify the most
important challenges and ideas. More specifically, how to deal with and
develop sustainable building components, design solutions and architecture
combined with new low energy and zero carbon housing.
    There were five keynote speakers - Katherine Richardson, vice-dean of the
Faculty of Science, Copenhagen University and Chairman of the Danish
Commission on Climate Change, DK; Mark Rylander, AIA LEED AP, Director William
McDonough + Partners, US; Rob Marsh, Senior researcher, Danish Building
Research Institute/Aalborg University, DK; Kees Duijvestein, Professor,
Sustainable development in building surrounding, Fac. Bouwkunde, TU Delft, NL;
Ben Derbyshire, Managing Director Dip Arch Cantab RIBA FRSA, UK. Their
presentations aimed to present the issues and solutions from different angles
and in this way inspire the discussion during the day.
    During the day, the participants were divided into 7 groups focusing on
defining content and values for the two overall 'Active Housing' terms, energy
design and liveability factor - how do we develop the building industry to
meet the huge challenges?
    The most repeated points about liveability factors focused on the human
behaviour, incentives to act responsibly, as well as the need for scalable and
flexible design solutions that can change during the life span of the building
and its users.
    "The energy design of tomorrow could be one of the greatest breakthroughs
since modernism. We are searching for the good life (health, fresh air and
lots of daylight), just as we did in the 1920's, but this could actually
become a new era," was one of the final conclusions from one of the discussion
groups.
    Themes concerning energy design included the need to re-brand
sustainability with less focus on technical issues and more emphasis on
creating a positive, appealing and rewarding story about being environmentally
consciousness for users and experts. Another theme focused on the need to
develop a means of measuring and benchmarking liveability.

    More info

    Summaries from the Round Table discussions, keynote speaker presentations
and short video interviews of the key note speakers will be uploaded on the
website http://www.activehousing.net, which is open for further
'WIKI'-discussions to collect input and build a base for knowledge across
disciplines.

    About VELUX

    VELUX creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air
through the roof. Our product programme contains a wide range of roof windows
and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. In addition, VELUX offers
many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation
products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for
installation in roofs. VELUX, which has manufacturing companies in 10
countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, is one of the
strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are
sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has more than 10,000
employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S. VKR Holding A/S is a limited
company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit
http://www.velux.com.





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