VELUX is a Danish company that specializes in windows and skylights. The first VELUX roof window was installed in a Danish school over 60 years ago by the founder of the company, Villum Kann Rasmussen. The company has been steadily growing since, entering the German market in 1952 in a partnership with Ernst Günter Albers and then later between the sons, Lars Kann-Rasmussen and Peter AlbersIn addition, VELUX offers many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for installation in roofs. VELUX has manufacturing companies in 10 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries.The VELUX Group has around 10,000 employees and is run by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family.The company currently sponsors the VELUX 5 Oceans Race and the EHF Champions League. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 11, 2017
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NEW YORK, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- QWASI, noted by Forrester as the leader in CPaaS Messaging, has joined forces with Tropo, part of Cisco, to activate Velux's award winning Loyalty program globally. VELUX, the number one window company in Europe for more than 75 years, began...


News Article | May 26, 2017
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Fans can also visit HGTV.com/Smart to view the features of the home planned by local architect Candelaria Design Associates and constructed by local builder Eagle Luxury Properties. The single-level Southwestern-style home is approximately 3,300-square-feet, with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, cleverly constructed with tech gadgets and smart solutions to enhance entertaining and everyday living. "We look for neighborhoods and cities with a sophisticated combination of tech and culture that make for a desirable place to live. Following the homes in Raleigh, Austin and Nashville, we felt Scottsdale was an impeccable choice," said Ron Feinbaum, HGTV's General Manager of Home Promotions. "It's such a vibrant destination for those seeking year-around family fun, whether on vacation or as a place to call home." The home features a spacious three-car garage, a wet bar, home office, generous pantry and laundry area, as well as a sleek, modern pool for cooling off in the desert heat. HGTV Smart Home 2017 host and interior designer Tiffany Brooks took her design cues from nature, using a variety of stone, metal, wood, leather and glass materials in the home's perfectly appointed décor. The home's style is current, yet authentic; simple, yet thoughtful. Its architecture embraces a clean-lined, masculine feel, while evoking a feminine touch through the use of soft textiles and fabrics. The colorful canyon-style home offers tranquil interiors and a serene view of the desert. Nods to Arizona are prevalent in the design through antique tribal elements and doses of the area's amazing artistry. The fully furnished HGTV Smart Home 2017 is Energy Star 3 certified and Bronze-level Green certified and features products provided by national advertising partners including Bassett Furniture; Mercedes-Benz USA; Quicken Loans®; Bush Brothers & Company; Daikin North America LLC; Farmers Insurance®; Gorilla Glue; HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams; SimpliSafe Home Security; Sleep Number®; Kohler; OxiClean™; Rinnai America Corporation; VELUX® Skylights; Hunter Douglas; Kohler Generators; Legrand, North America; and Ply Gem Building Products. About HGTV HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America's favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 90 million U.S. households; a website, HGTV.com, that attracts an average of nine million people each month; social media platforms that engage nearly nine million users; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/one-week-remains-to-enter-the-hgtv-smart-home-giveaway-2017-300464694.html


News Article | April 20, 2017
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NEW YORK & BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Time Inc.’s COASTAL LIVING brand announces that the brand’s popular annual idea house will be built in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2017 and will be available for purchase and open to the public starting in July. To celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary, the idea house will showcase design trends and innovations from the past two decades. This marks the 34th COASTAL LIVING idea house and is the first-ever to be constructed in Newport. Ann Gobel, VP, Lifestyle Brand Sales, Time Inc., said, "An adored experience for consumers and advertisers alike, the COASTAL LIVING idea house allows us to showcase new trends, ideas and products in coastal home décor and design that speak to what our brand is all about. We’re excited to bring our clients the access and influence of the award-winning idea house program to a place that embodies elegance, romance and adventure.” The 2017 COASTAL LIVING idea house, featuring interiors by celebrated designer Mark D. Sikes, is being built by Horan Building Company, and the architect for the project is A. Tesa Architecture. The landscape will be designed by Infinity Design Group. The 5,100 square foot home will have five bedrooms, as well as a pool, game room and media room, overlooking the bay. “In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the COASTAL LIVING brand, this year’s idea house will be packed with reimagined trends from the past two decades as well as the classic décor ideas for which we are best known,” said Steele Marcoux, Editor-in-Chief of the COASTAL LIVING brand. “With spectacular water views and an unbeatable location, the Newport idea house is the perfect representation of the rich history of the COASTAL LIVING brand and the lifestyle it embodies.” There are currently 11 sponsors of the 2017 idea house whose products will be included within the home: AZEK Building Products, Belgard, Carolina Lanterns & Lighting, Circa Lighting, Delta Faucet, Blue Buffalo Company, Lee Industries, Lloyd Flanders®, Marvin Windows and Doors, Sunbrella and VELUX Skylights. This custom-built home will be available for purchase and open to the public from July through Labor Day Weekend. In addition, COASTAL LIVING and its sister brands SOUTHERN LIVING and SUNSET are hosting a sweepstakes for consumers to win a trip to visit one of the brands’ idea houses. Click here to enter for a chance to win. The 2017 idea house will be featured in the September issue of COASTAL LIVING magazine, on newsstands August 11. To learn more about the 2017 idea house, visit: www.coastalliving.com/ideahouse. In 2016, the COASTAL LIVING idea house was located in the Hamptons. The COASTAL LIVING idea house program is an example of Time Inc.’s strategic approach to create consumer experiences for its world class brands that engage audiences and grow revenue. Coastal Living (http://www.coastalliving.com/) is the source of inspiration and information for people who celebrate life along the coast. It serves a total audience of nearly 4 million. Coastal Living is produced by Time Inc., a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through its portfolio of premium brands across platforms. Follow Coastal Living on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multimedia landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as approximately 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc. has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform; The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio; and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The Company is also home to celebrated events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2011.4.1-4 | Award Amount: 6.65M | Year: 2012

The COMTES project has as goal to develop and demonstrate three novel systems for compact seasonal storage of solar thermal energy. These systems will contribute to the EU 20-20-20 targets by covering a larger share of the domestic energy demand with solar thermal energy. Main objective of COMTES is to develop and demonstrate systems for seasonal storage that are significantly better than water based systems. The three technologies are covered in COMTES by three parallel development lines: solid sorption, liquid sorption and supercooling PCM. Strength of this approach is the collaboration of three development groups in activities that pertain to the analyses, methods and techniques that concern all technologies, without risking the exchange of confidential material. In this way, the development is much more effective than in three separate projects. The project starts with a definition of system boundary conditions and target applications. Next comes the investigation of the best available storage materials. Detailed numerical modelling of the physical processes, backed by experimental validations, will lead to optimum component design. Full-scale prototypes are simulated, constructed and tested in the laboratory in order to optimize process design. One year of fully monitored operation in demonstration buildings is followed by an integrated evaluation of the systems and their potential. When deemed successful, the involved industry partners will pick up the developed storage concepts and bring them further to a commercial level. The COMTES project is a cooperation of key scientific institutions active in the above mentioned heat storage technologies. For the first time, all relevant research disciplines are covered in an international effort. For each development line, a top-leading industry partner contributes its know-how and experience, providing the basis for further industrial development and exploitation of project results.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2007-4.0-5 | Award Amount: 11.90M | Year: 2008

Clear-up presents a holistic approach to the reducing operational energy use in buildings. By development and novel use of nano-materials it aims to increase energy performance in heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, and to improve indoor air quality using catalytic purification. Clear-ups solutions are designed for retro-fitting existing buildings and of course for new constructions. It will achieve this by addressing four key components which control the indoor environment: Windows. Clear-up will advance the practical use of shutters and electrochromic window foils which reduce the building cooling load and along with light-guide technology, reduce the need for artificial lighting. Walls. Clear-up will use photocatalytic materials for air purification and nano-porous vacuum insulation in combination with phase change materials to passively control temperature. Air Conditioning. Clear-up will advance technologies for demand controlled ventilation and improved air quality. Sensors and control provide an underpinning technology for Clear-ups approach. New sensors will be developed, and their use optimised for the operation of smart windows; demand controlled ventilation; and catalytic purification. Clear-up will develop, install, measure and evaluate technological solutions in the laboratory, in a large-scale testing facility and in real world applications. Its approach will be demonstrated at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, 2009. The safety of new materials will be considered; it will propose inputs to standards and environmental product declarations for its technologies. Clear-up will also investigate environmental and economic lifecycles for components and systems. The practical issues of exploitation will be addressed in cooperation with industry bodies ECTP, ECCREDI and ENBRI providing access to large firms and SMEs.


News Article | January 12, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

The first VELUX Natural Light lamps have begun arriving in Africa — roughly one year after the company launched a design competition based around the idea, with the support of Little Sun and NGO Plan International. The design competition was a rather successful one — with 172 proposals, from 65 different countries — so it shouldn’t be surprising things have been moving relatively fast. The VELUX Natural Light International Design Competition was decided via a high-level jury of experts in the fields of architecture, art, and design. The winning design was the proposal from Mariana Arando and Luca Fondello of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. As noted in a recent press release, the VELUX Group has, to date, produced and donated 14,500 of the new solar-powered lamps — as well as trained 150 local sales agents, who will be aiming to sell the lamps in off-grid communities in Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The sales persons training was reportedly rather intensive — combining demonstrations, role-play, workshops, and other group work. “The first business training was very successful. It was well-attended and the future sales agents had a high interest in the product, convinced that the lamps would sell well. The agents were able to see that the Natural Light lamp can save their customers money. After two months of use, customers already save money compared to what they would spend on kerosene lamps. Having solar lamps means being independent from the electrical grid,” stated Edius N Makono, Alight Zimbabwe Trust (Plan Zimbabwe Alumni).    Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.  


News Article | November 21, 2016
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BERLIN, November 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Auf dem World Architecture Festival in Berlin werden die besten Architekturstudenten der Welt geehrt    Die VELUX Group freut sich, die Gewinner des International VELUX Award 2016 für Architekturstudenten bekannt zu geben: Redistributio...


News Article | November 21, 2016
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BERLIN, November 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- World's best architecture students celebrated at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin The VELUX Group is proud to announce the two global winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture:...


News Article | December 21, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

Following the success of the Natural Light solar lamp in Africa, the VELUX Group will deliver 20,000 more solar lamps to support sales agents in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and from now on also in Malawi. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8006751-velux-more-natural-light-shine-in-africa/ Using an entrepreneurial distribution model, the Natural Light project will now donate a second instalment of 20,000 solar lamps. These will be sold by new sales agents in off-grid communities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and, for the first time, in Malawi. The aim of this project, besides bringing a sustainable light source to off-grid communities, was to create a business model for local sales agents to make a living. This has been a great success. Today more than 50 sales agents in three African nations - Zimbabwe, Zambia and Sierra Leone - have their own businesses selling Natural Light solar lamps. The Natural Light project, in collaboration with social business Little Sun, and NGO Plan International, was created to celebrate the VELUX Group's 75th anniversary. Following an international design competition last year, which received 172 submissions from all over the world, the winning design was chosen and 14,500 units of the solar lamp were distributed in Africa - one for each employee of the VELUX Group and its sister companies. Olafur Eliasson, artist and founder of Little Sun, says: "The Natural Light solar lamp is not only about providing energy to off-grid communities in Africa; it gives people the means to take charge of their own lives. By providing sustainable, reliable and affordable light, we've given people more independence and now they are able to work, study and cook safely in the dark." Alongside light, the Natural Light solar lamps will also help to improve air quality by reducing the widespread use of toxic, carbon-emitting kerosene lanterns, and instead, harness the sustainable energy of the sun. Michael K. Rasmussen, Senior Vice President, Brand, the VELUX Group, says: "As a company built on knowledge of light and fresh air, the Natural Light project was a beautiful way to celebrate our 75th anniversary and bring better living environments outside our normal markets. Apart from light for reading or cooking after sunset and substitute the smelly kerosene lamp, the Natural Light project has helped foster young, ambitious entrepreneurs who now have their own businesses." He continues: "We have extended the program to Malawi after the very positive uptake in the other countries - team members from Zambia had shared the story with the new project participants in Malawi, and we are excited to have them join the Natural Light family." The additional Natural Light solar lamps are ready for distribution. A number of local sales agents in Malawi will be trained on how to sell the solar lamps in the coming months, through a series of workshops, roleplays, demonstrations, and group work. Press material at VELUX Media Centre See and download our news videos, photos and press material at VELUX Media Centre at press.velux.com.


News Article | November 21, 2016
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World's best architecture students celebrated at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin The VELUX Group is proud to announce the two global winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture: Redistribution of Light by Kwang Hoon Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon and Yu Min Park, Republic of Korea. This project was the winner in the Daylight in Buildings category and looked at the semi-underground spaces in Seoul city which emerged in the 1970s as air-raid shelters. As the population grew, the spaces transformed into illegal housing. They are characterised by small, eye-level windows that admit very little light. The project suggests how daylight to the interior spaces by day, and artificial light to the narrow roads by night, can both be amplified. The jury found this project highly viable. It presents a simple solution to a real challenge, making use of a very simple intervention of the cubic, sliding window prism. The project is beautifully illustrated and the presentation of the idea and the use of the sliding prism is convincing. Light for the Blind by Jiafeng Li, Chenlu Wang, Guiding Yao, Jiebei Yang, Lushan Ao, Xiaoqi Chen and Jiawen Li, China. This project was the winner in the Daylight Investigations category and looked at Synaesthesia - a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second. The idea of the project is to change the way people usually experience light - with their eyes - to 'feeling' it with their hands. It considers how blind people would be able to feel a world with light and enjoy the beauty of light and shadow, legible in surfaces as braille. The jury found this to be a very intelligent project in the way it develops its idea; from understanding that loss of sight increases the acuity of other senses, to the search for a material that responds to light by expanding and retracting. The proposal offers a clear idea that is beautifully presented. The International VELUX Award aims to inspire students of architecture to consider daylight as a principle source for the health, well-being and joy. The global winners were presented together with the overall winners in the professional architects' categories at the World Architecture Festival's (WAF) closing gala in Berlin on 18th November. The overall theme of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture is "Light of Tomorrow." Launched in 2004, this year's award seeks to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment by inspiring creative explorations on the themes of daylight in buildings and daylight investigations from the world's leading future architects. The distinguished award jury - featuring Omar Gandhi, Christine Murray, Zbigniew Reszka, Francesco Veenstra and Per Arnold Andersen - selected the two global winners after reviewing nearly 600 project submissions from 57 countries earlier this year and ten regional winning projects that were presented at the World Architecture Festival on 18 November. "The global winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 offer dynamic and creative solutions that embody the "Light of Tomorrow" theme and widen the boundaries of daylight in the built environment. Students of architecture continue to inspire us with their appreciation for daylight and inventive ideas to create better living environments, healthy homes, good learning spaces and inspiring workplaces," says Per Arnold Andersen, head of the International VELUX Award. Images and Film from the International VELUX Award 2016 Download images and films from the global winners' award ceremony here: press.velux.com About the VELUX Group For 75 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights as well as a range of decoration and sun screenings, roller shutters, installation solutions and intelligent home controls. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally - with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 40 countries and around 9,500 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more information about the VELUX Group visit http://www.velux.com For more information about International VELUX Award visit iva.velux.com

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