Worlds northernmost plus-energy office could spark an energy revolution

January 18, 2017 by  
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Building the first office in Norway that produces more energy than it consumes is already a hefty goal, but real estate developer Emil Eriksrød wants to take it another step further. The young entrepreneur has a vision for inspiring the rest of the world with a plus-energy office building, the northernmost of its kind in the world that will be located in Porsgrunn, a tiny Norwegian town with a population of less than 35,000. Designed by Snøhetta , the Powerhouse Telemark features a unique diamond shape optimized for harvesting solar energy and minimizing energy expenditure. Eriksrød and Snøhetta see the ambitious Powerhouse Telemark project as an opportunity to put Norway on the map for energy solutions. It’s also part of Eriksrød’s goal to inspire commercial real estate developers worldwide to invest in energy-plus buildings in cities of all sizes. “I hope we will be plagiarised and copied, replicated in all seven continents,” said Eriksrød. “This building should do wonders in lowering the bar for daring to do both spectacular and environmentally forward buildings, hopefully in a combination. Just imagine, when Porsgrunn has the customer base for such a building, imagine how many other places that have the same potential. There are tens of thousands of cities with a bigger population in the world.” Related: Ultra modern PV+ House boasts scissored solar panels for a super energy boost The $17 million Powerhouse Telemark has a site-specific design with a diamond-shaped form optimized for harvesting solar energy . Heat exchangers and heat pumps will also produce electricity and heat for the building. The 11-story office building will comprise 6,500 square meters of space with modern office facilities, a foyer, gym, canteen, and a roof terrace surrounded by climbing plants. “This project proves that energy positive buildings can pay off commercially. It took us about a year to have the renters needed to make the building profitable. The world needs a lot of energy positive buildings. Hopefully this great building in our little town, can be the start of thousands of similar Powerhouses,” said Eriksrød. The project is slated for completion in 2019. + Snøhetta Photo illustration by Loft Visual Group/Snøhetta, renderings by Snøhetta

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A series of cantilevering cubes make up this French social housing complex

January 18, 2017 by  
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Bordeaux-based firms, More Architecture  and  Poggi Architecture, have collaborated on a ultra-contemporary design for a social housing complex named White Clouds. Located in town of Saintes in western France, the 1,886-square-meter complex holds 30 apartments made out of cantilevering white boxes with perforated balconies, which serve to let in optimal natural light while providing privacy. The architectural team designed the social housing complex layout to maximise outdoor space. For the building itself, the design called for a series of stacked boxes that slope with the natural landscape. Each of the apartments was equipped with gridded metal balconies that jut out past the main volume. Along with the extra benefit of having a balcony, the architects avoided a central facade so that the eye-catching complex could emit a strong cohesive nature. Related: Social housing project with two “faces” channels Parisian duality The gridded metal balconies that jut out of each apartment serve dual functions: they let in an optimal amount of natural light into the living spaces, and offer a sense of protected privacy to the tenants. According to the architects, it was of utmost importance to provide a sense of personal space within the design, “Exit conventional balconies, terraces and loggias with their separating walls and shields of varying transparency, used to hide unsightly objects or provide a modicum of intimacy.” According to the design team, the unique features of the complex were based primarily on the needs of the tenants, “The harmonious association of setting and architecture makes way for a design which, rather than closing in on itself and looking inwards, opens out to embrace the neighbourhood as a whole while still providing protection from direct line of sight and noise thanks to its perforated cladding.” + More Architecture + Poggi + More Via Dezeen Photography by Javier Sevillas Callejas

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Paul Lukez Architecture to build a small, energy plus home outside Boston

April 2, 2015 by  
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Paul Lukez Architecture (PLA) is planning to build a small, energy efficient home located in suburban Boston, designed for a schoolteacher who wanted to stay in the area despite the ever-rising cost of housing. This home is classified as “Energy Plus,” which means that it produces more energy than it needs. Boston-area solar panel installers Transformations, Inc . will partner with PLA to complete this project. The custom zero energy home will have a rooftop full of solar panels , as well as other energy smart features. Instead of paying a utility bill each month, this homeowner can sell the excess energy back to the utility company, earning a nice little bonus each month simply by living in his Energy Plus home. In 900-square-feet, the slant-roof home has two bedrooms with lofty spaces and great natural light . The home will cost under $300,000, which is remarkably competitive for the suburban Boston real estate market. Construction of this efficient Energy Plus home is planned for this summer. + Paul Lukez Architecture + Transformations, Inc. Image via Paul Lukez Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boston area , energy efficient home design , energy efficient homes boston , energy plus , Paul Lukez Architecture , small energy efficient homes , solar panel roof , transformations inc , zero energy home

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The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

September 23, 2014 by  
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The rigorous Passive House building standard just got a major update: It will now recognize net zero buildings and buildings that generate more energy than they consume as “Passive House Plus” and “Passive House Premium”, respectively. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, just announced these updates at the North American Passive House Network meeting in Portland, Maine. Read the rest of The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Darmstadt , energy plus buildings , germany , ken levenson , Maine , net-zero buildings , new york passive house , north american passive house network , passive house institute , passive house planning package , Passive House Plus , passive house premium , passive house standard , Portland , renewable energy , surplus energy generations , ultra-high performance buildings , wolfgang feist , zero energy buildings

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Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

September 23, 2014 by  
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Get yourself ready for the ride of a lifetime, because Japanese construction company Obayashi has announced plans to build a fully-functioning space elevator by 2050. The elevator will extend 60,000 miles into the wild blue yonder, where, after 7 short days of travel watching the space floors fly by, you will land at a specially-constructed space station . Once the project is completed, it will be able to transport people and cargo much more affordably and efficiently than launching a rocket. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon nanotechnology , carbon nanotechnology elevator , nanotechnology , Obayashi , Obayashi Corporation , Obayashi elevator , Obayashi space elevator , Obayashi space travel , Obayashi travel , space elevator , space elevator travel , space transportation , space travel

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