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When a house becomes a generator

I received a press release today about a project that appears to have been around for a couple of weeks. it is an experimental German house built in Stuttgart and called Aktivhaus. and designed by an architect called Werner Sobek

I received a press release today about a project that appears to have been around for a couple of weeks. it is an experimental German house built in Stuttgart and called Aktivhaus. and designed by an architect called Werner Sobek 

It uses all the principles of Passivhaus but, in addition, claims its developer, it generates twice as much energy as it uses (the energy comes from PV). I’m just not sure how interesting this is. After all, if you have the space and put up enough PV, you could generate as much electricity as you wanted.

Almost more interesting is its location, in the Weissenhof, a showcase of early 20th Century modernist architecture. The excess electricity from the Aktivhaus will power the adjacent Weissenhof museum, designed by no less than le Corbusier. The synergy is wonderful – one era’s innovation supporting that of another.

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