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Norway designs, builds, opens intelligent ecohouse. The home in Vestfold County’s Larvik produces electricity itself that can also be used to charge electric cars or heat the swimming pool. Long-awaited by the specialists in the branch, the building in Ringdalskogen was presented, Monday. The project’s aim was to construct a house that produces more energy than it uses in accordance with the Zero Energy Building (ZEB) Standard. It is intended that the energy used to build the house should be covered by the energy it produced afterwards. This means the designers placed careful emphasis on deciding what materials would be used as well as the amount of power needed for construction.

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Norway designs, builds, opens intelligent ecohouse

Published on Thursday, 18th September, 2014 at 13:46 under the news category, by Martyna Kwaśniewska and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th September 2014 at 11:23.

The home in Vestfold County’s Larvik produces electricity itself that can also be used to charge electric cars or heat the swimming pool.

Exterior of the ZEB house
Heating and lighting is done via solar collectors.Exterior of the ZEB house
Photo: Eve/Snøhetta


Long-awaited by the specialists in the branch, the building in Ringdalskogen was presented, Monday. The project’s aim was to construct a house that produces more energy than it uses in accordance with the Zero Energy Building (ZEB) Standard.

It is intended that the energy used to build the house should be covered by the energy it produced afterwards. This means the designers placed careful emphasis on deciding what materials would be used as well as the amount of power needed for construction.

The 220 square meter house (some 2,368 square feet) is the outcome of a joint collaborative effort between Oslo-based architects Snøhetta, building material suppliers Optimera, heating, ventilation, and sanitation firm Brødrene Dahl, and ZEB Research Center at Sintef, headquartered in Trondheim, mid-Norway.

Interior of the ZEB house
Interior of the ZEB house
Eve/Snøhetta
This ZEB pilot single family house is a demonstration project designed to promote research and development of ecologically conscious housing architecture.

It is hoped that the solutions used will be deployed by the construction industry in the future. These include energy recovery from gray water (water from sinks, showers, etc.), ground source heating or solar collectors heating the water, and electricity from solar cells.

The designers also say that the solutions mean that an estimated 16.387 kWh total energy demand can be reduced to 6,900 kWh

According to them, the house contributes positively to the environment in other ways, as the natural materials used for the interior and exterior reduce CO2 emissions.

“The demonstration house is a research vehicle,” Kristian Edwards, project leader and Snøhetta tells The Foreigner. “At the same time, all the systems used inside it are available today.”

Other profiled projects the company has designed include New York’s 9/11 museum at Ground Zero, the new Clarion Hotel Energy, which opened in time for this year’s ONS in Stavanger, and Oslo’s new opera house.

The firm was also one of the contenders to design  Kristiansund’s new opera house in western Norway.



Published on Thursday, 18th September, 2014 at 13:46 under the news category, by Martyna Kwaśniewska and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th September 2014 at 11:23.

This post has the following tags: environment, co2, architecture, greenhousegases, emissions, climate, globalwarming.





  
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