ActiveHouse Alliance at Ecobuild 2012

There was a General Assembly meeting of the ActiveHouse Alliance at Ecobuild 2012. Most of the member companies met in London, with a very international participation from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Switzerland, U.S. And the UK. There was a presentation of the objectives for 2012 and the new membership structure and targets.
There was a discussion about widening the membership of the working parties and also the widening of the ActiveHouse specification into other building types.
Then the members adjourned to the ActiveHouse stand where we drank a glass of champagne, networked with each other and discussed the projects with each other and with the many visitors to the stand.
For me, having the meeting in London was a valuable opportunity to meet many of the members whose names I knew or that I have spoken to on the telephone. Many of us agreed to exchange information by email afterwards and to look for opportunities to collaborate further. Because of the nature of the ActiveHouse Alliance there is already a lot of common ground between members so it was easy to imagine how we might work together. Because of the Pan-European nature of the group and since some members are academics it may make sense to work together on bids for European research funding. Also it may make sense for us to collaborate on further demonstration projects similar to the ones we have already built together. There is also a lot of interest among members in working on post occupancy evaluations to assess in more detail how the various demonstration projects across Europe have fared against the ActiveHouse specification and to compare them to each other.
There are many interesting possibilities for collaboration with such a highly motivated and experienced group and I look forward to exploring them in the year ahead.

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