VELUX makes new inroad into Central Europe with opening of RenovActive house in Slovakia
A free-to-download renovation guide provides a sustainable solution to the ageing building stock in Slovakia and neighbouring countries.
The VELUX Group officially opened a model house in Sala today, which is renovated according to seven principles that form the basis for the RenovActive concept. An online guide is also launched, explaining how to make healthy, energy-efficient and sustainable living environments out of houses similar to this in the region.
This unique renovation concept is in the spirit of the VELUX Group founder’s desire to create products useful to society. This home has a new a new lung and thereby a new life for one family today in Slovakia but if RenovActive resonates well here, we will address the urgent need to renovate Europe’s ageing building stock, while making modern, energy-efficient and affordable homes that are healthy for people to live in. That’s a sustainable solution, which most societies cannot say no to
A new phase for RenovActive with great potential
This model renovation of a typical square house from the 1970s is expected to inspire people in Slovakia and other countries nearby about how to renovate their homes in a financially optimal way, while achieving a healthier and more energy-efficient home to live in.
In Slovakia, there are 950,000 family houses. Only about 37% of them have undergone renovation. Several hundred thousand houses are still waiting for renovation,
Analysis shows that improving housing comfort and achieving energy savings motivates Slovaks to renovate, and RenovActive offers them solutions for both.
Energy savings, more space and healthier living
Due to the renovation, the total energy savings in the RenovActive house in Salo are up to 80 percent and the living area is increased to 115 m2 from 75 m2, by building rooms in the attic. The house is also healthier to live in with more daylight and fresh air than previously.
During the next two years, the living conditions for the Hučkos’ family (of two adults and two children) will be monitored according to key parameters and in co-operation with the Department of Building Services of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.
About unhealthy living environments and renovation in Slovakia
Half of the Slovak population live in detached or terrace houses. In most cases their inhabitants are also their owners. The condition of the house and its possible renovation is thus the responsibility of the owner. Most of the buildings in Slovakia had been built by the end of the 1970s. These buildings are far from meeting present-day criteria concerning energy consumption and indoor environment quality.According to the Healthy Homes Barometer, an independent annual report based on pan-European data investigating the link between homes and health, which VELUX has been publishing for five years, every sixth Slovak is not satisfied with their quality of living and 21 percent of Slovakian families report energy poverty as an issue.
The main criteria for a RenovActive renovation project is a house that provides comfortable and healthy living, which is also affordable and replicable. Learn more about the RenovActive concept. Learn more about the RenovActive Slovakia project (in Slovakian only).
About VELUX in Slovakia
VELUX is the largest manufacturer of windows in Slovakia. Since 1993, we have sold our products in Slovakia and had our own factory in Partizanske for the last 10 years. VELUX employs more than 470 people in Slovakia in its manufacturing and sales companies there.
About the VELUX Group
For more than 75 years, The VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 40 countries and around 11,500 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2018, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 2.6 billion and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 118 million in charitable grants. For more, information, visit www.velux.com.