Test-Case Scenario

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June 15, 2010

Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype with all the bells and whistles. Here’s what they learned.

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  The Active House sits on a sloping plot on the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, with views to the south over the sea.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    The Active House sits on a sloping plot on the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, with views to the south over the sea.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  While the slate-clad northern facade has few windows and a steeply pitched roof, the southern facade is dominated by glass with the solar-panel-clad roof strategically angled to catch the sun.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    While the slate-clad northern facade has few windows and a steeply pitched roof, the southern facade is dominated by glass with the solar-panel-clad roof strategically angled to catch the sun.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Axel, Anna, and a friend watch television in the living room.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Axel, Anna, and a friend watch television in the living room.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  The living room receives ample light through the south-facing glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    The living room receives ample light through the south-facing glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Sophie sits at the Nava dining table in the kitchen, which is flanked by Gubi chairs and illuminated by the Aeros light by Ross Lovegrove for Louis Poulsen.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Sophie sits at the Nava dining table in the kitchen, which is flanked by Gubi chairs and illuminated by the Aeros light by Ross Lovegrove for Louis Poulsen.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Axel sits on the staircase, which like all the internal and external cladding in the house is made from Douglas fir.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Axel sits on the staircase, which like all the internal and external cladding in the house is made from Douglas fir.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  A computerized control panel in the hallway allows the family to monitor and control the house’s energy consumption.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    A computerized control panel in the hallway allows the family to monitor and control the house’s energy consumption.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  An upstairs bedroom is at once bright and cozy.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    An upstairs bedroom is at once bright and cozy.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  The children enjoy larger bedrooms in the Active House than at their old place. Anna loves the ladder up to her sleeping deck. The furniture is by the Danish firm We:Do:Wood. The interior Douglas fir is from Dinesen.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    The children enjoy larger bedrooms in the Active House than at their old place. Anna loves the ladder up to her sleeping deck. The furniture is by the Danish firm We:Do:Wood. The interior Douglas fir is from Dinesen.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  Untreated fir forms a sunshade on the exterior.  Photo by: Jens Passoth
    Untreated fir forms a sunshade on the exterior.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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