Model Home 2020 nominated for EU Commission's sustainability award


Model Home 2020, created by the VELUX Group, has just been nominated for the EU Com-mission's prestigious sustainability award, Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2012.

VELUX Model Home 2020 is one of 25 projects nominated for this year's Sustainable Energy Europe Awards, to be presented in Brussels on 19 June 2012 during EU Sustainable Energy Week. All the short-listed projects have been initiated as European partnerships and projects from 14 EU member states, and are divided into five categories: Communicating, Consuming, Learning, Travelling and Living, with Model Home 2020 being nominated for the latter.

"We have been working on the Model Home 2020 experiment for the last four years, with the goal of studying how energy efficiency can be combined with a good indoor climate based on daylight and fresh air. The latest measurements show that we can build houses with current products that meet the energy demands of 2020," says Lone Feifer, Project Director in the VELUX Group.

Sustainable energy results
Winning projects are examples of outstanding efforts made in the field of sustainable energy. They will serve as inspiration for other parties involved with energy in Europe and elsewhere. The Model Home projects are founded on the Active House principles, which state that buildings should give more than they take in a synergetic interaction between energy, indoor climate and the environment. The nomi-nation makes a valuable contribution to putting the focus on the Active House principles as the launch pad for the sustainable building of the future.

The five winners will be named at the presentation event, SEE Awards Ceremony, in the presence of EU Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger. The presentation, which will take place in Brussels on 19 June 2012, will be the climax of EU Sustainable Energy Week. Every year, hundreds of organisations take part in this week-long event centred around sustainable energy in the EU; it is the most important event in energy efficiency and sustainable energy in Europe. Active House Symposium will be held in the same week.

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The EU Commission's Sustainability Award
The EU Commission's Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) Awards were presented for the first time in 2006 as recognition of outstanding European projects in the field of renewable energy and energy effi-ciency with a high level of impact and replication potential. Behind the scenes are more than 1,200 promoters from the 27 EU member states and a number of other countries outside the EU; so in the six years they have existed, the awards have had the support of a strong network that includes public authorities, private companies universities, NGOs and sector organisations.


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The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The Group also supplies many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, in-stallation products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for installation in roofs.

The VELUX Group, which has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, represents 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 about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit

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The six demo buildings that comprise the VELUX Model Home 2020 experiment were built in the period 2009-2011 in Denmark, Germany, Austria, France and the UK.