Although there is a lot of talk today about renewable energies and climate change, the fact is that we are moving very slowly; energy sources such as oil, natural gas or coal are the most commonly used, which is causing gradual environmental contamination and exacerbating the greenhouse effect.
However Velux Group, a company located in Madrid, Spain and founded 70 years ago by danish Villum Kann Rasmussen, has gone even further. In 2009 they launched their new innovative project named Model Home 2020, which wants to prove that it is possible to have sustainable buildings with an internal climate that is healthier for their residents through natural light and fresh air, thus achieving a balance between the environment and comfort.
The result of the Model Home 2020 project is six homes designed in harmony with the different climatic, cultural and architectural conditions of the country in which they were built, that is: Green Lighthouse and Home for Life, in Denmark (2009); LightAktiv House, in Germany (2010); CarbonLight, in the United Kingdom (2011); Sunlighthouse, in Austria (2012) and Maison Air et Lumière, in France (2012). All of these homes have demonstrated that by means of natural light and fresh air it is possible to achieve high levels of comfort within the home and also be environmentally-friendly.
Innovative prototypes with real tenants.
Another of the innovative factors of this project is that once built the buildings remain open to the public for several months and are then rented to a family. The purpose of this is that for a year the occupants should monitor the functioning and real energy consumption of the building. After this analysis period, the homes will be put up for sale.
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