Museum of Finnish Architecture, small exhibition hall, June 6–September 30, 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. 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.
All the above events will be hosted in Finnish.
Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
What is smart small-scale living?
Single-family homes account for 10% of Finland’s carbon emissions. There are numerous ways of reducing your carbon footprint besides just improving your home’s energy efficiency. The home you build can be the most important choice you make for the good of our planet! Architects Pekka Hänninen and Yrjö Suonto will present the Smart Living exhibition and answer related questions. Admission €6/3.
Tuesday August 14, 5:00 pm, Pavilion
Time for change: Energy
Energy efficiency is the absolute top priority of sustainable architecture in Finland. Buildings and home energy account for 40% of our energy consumption and 30% of our CO2 emissions. The homes of the future will self-generate most of their energy using renewable energy sources. Join our discussion about renewable energy and how this new technology can be integrated into residential architecture. Free admission.
Tuesday September 4, 5:00 pm, Pavilion
Time for change: Carbon footprint
Global warming is the single greatest threat to the future of humanity and our planet. The average per-capita carbon footprint in Finland is 13,000 kg per year. The earth’s maximum carrying capacity is 2,000 kg per capita/year. How serious is the predicament in which we have landed ourselves – and how can we get out of it? Hear the opinions of experts. Free admission.
Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Time for change: Urban or rural living?
Whether you choose to live in the city or the country, you can live ecologically or wastefully – it is your choice. Your carbon footprint is the direct outcome of your lifestyle. The carbon footprint of peripheral regional growth centres is, on average, the largest. Hear expert opinions on the pros and cons of urban and rural living from the perspective of sustainable development. Admission €6/3.
Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Time for change: Eco-efficient housing co-op
Modernisation of existing apartments with new, energy-efficient technology would be the most cost-effective way to slow down global warming. Most residents and property managers are poorly informed on the options that are available – how can your coop become more eco-efficient? Come and discuss what residents and property managers can do to alleviate climate change. Admission €6/3.
All of this year’s events at the MFA celebrate Helsinki’s year as WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL 2012, inspiring us to discover and invent new ways of improving our everyday life and environment.
The WDC Pavilion offers a free programme of public events open every Tuesday to Sunday through summer. Located in the courtyard between the museums of architecture and design, this new temporary landmark in downtown Helsinki will be open to all lovers of design and architecture from May 12 to September 16, 2012. The Museum of Finnish Architecture is one of the Pavilion’s producers.
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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