28 Oct '11, 11am

'Active House' Upends Russian Energy Habits

Alexander Leonov The “active house” near Moscow has solar panels and a geothermal heat pump. On a recent Saturday, a bus filled with local architects arrived at a field 12 miles southwest of Moscow. As a light snow began to fall, they made their way past a handful of model homes to a wooden A-frame whose spare, modern lines could be straight out of Dwell magazine. But the draw was the home’s innards, not its silhouette: equipped with state-of-the art energy-efficient technology, the good-looking structure is Russia’s first “active house.” With thermal solar panels, a geothermal-powered heat pump and a slick touch-screen system in the living room that automatically raises and lowers window shades depending on the carbon dioxide levels in the house, the Moscow active house is one of a small vanguard of green residential buildings popping up in the country. The active house p...

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