What is an Active House and should you be building one?

(Image credit: Zooey Braun, Stuttgart)

If you haven't come across the term Active House yet then you are not alone — but this is definitely a concept worthwhile familiarising yourself with.

While homeowners are gradually getting to grips with how to build to Passivhaus standards, the Active House is a little different, prioritising building homes that are healthy and comfortable for their occupants without impacting on the environment. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.