SMART LIVING. SUSTAINABILITY IN FINNISH SMALL-SCALE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
(6.6.2012 - 30.9.2012)



How much does the surrounding microclimate affect your home’s energy consumption? What is the least pollutive source of energy for a small-scale residential building? Can you help to preserve biodiversity with your landscaping choices?
 
The home you build may be the single most important choice you will ever make for the good of the planet. An eco-house is a complex sum of many parts – a carefully orchestrated totality. A sustainable home not only saves energy and natural resources, but also benefits your health and finances. The Smart Living exhibition looks at new trends in small-scale residential eco-architecture, offering fresh tips and new ideas for greener building and living.
 
New building regulations targeting significant reductions in energy emissions and consumption will take effect in Finland on July 1, 2012. The first priority for sustainable architecture in Finland is the minimisation of heating energy. Electricity consumption and water heating, too, should be reduced radically. New homes should be integrated within the existing communal fabric to reduce car usage and maintain the viability of local services. An attractive eco-home with a hobby garden reduces the need for commuting to a separate holiday house – which is itself a form of energy efficiency. Heating of underused spaces is a sheer waste of energy: homeowners should never build a larger house than they really need. Energy efficiency is also improved with an adaptable, flexible design. The homes of the future will self-generate their own energy – but what will they look like?
 
The Smart Living exhibition was produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and initiated by EKO-SAFA, the subdivision of the Finnish Association of Architects specialising in sustainable development.
 
Sustainable architecture will be the theme of various lectures and discussions to be held through summer at the museum and in the adjoining WDC Pavilion. Read more

The same topic will also be explored in a follow-up exhibition, Change: Toward a Sustainable Future, which, contrary to earlier announcements, will open in 2013.
 
 


Kellokas, Helsinki.
Architect Karin Krokfors, 2011
Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Active house, Moskova, Polygon Lab, 2011.
Photo: Pekka Hänninen.
Photo: Pekka Hänninen
The roof of Villa Solbranten
Architect Bruno Erat, 1978
Photo: Pekka Hänninen
Photo: Pekka Hänninen
Photo: Pekka Hänninen
Villa Solbranten
Architect Bruno Erat, 1978
Photo: Pekka Hänninen