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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Zero-energy Casa Rosset boasts fantastic views of the Italian Alps

August 14, 2015 by  
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What the "cold economy" means for a warming world

July 22, 2015 by  
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How we meet the world’s demand to keep things cool has major implications for the entire planet. New engines and heat pumps are one step in the right direction.

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Snøhetta’s Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World’s Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

April 14, 2014 by  
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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

April 14, 2014 by  
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A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world. Researchers targeted regions where “wind speed maxima” allow airborne wind energy (AWE) devices to generate at full capacity. At the intermediate density of airborne turbines, the electricity generation could exceed 7.5 terawatts — three times the current annual electricity demand around the world. Read the rest of Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , airborne wind energy , high-altitude wind turbines , jet stream , makani , university of delaware , wind speed maxima , wind speeds

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Kaplan Thompson Architects Unveil Super-Efficient Harborview Townhomes in Portland, Maine

October 22, 2013 by  
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Designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, ME, the Harborview Townhomes meet the Architecture 2030 guidelines for limiting carbon emissions while increasing density in an urban environment and maintaining a contemporary, locally-derived character. The highly-insulated 7-unit building sits on a narrow ½-acre lot within walking distance to downtown and employs efficiency features such as optimized sun shading, air-source heat pumps, and energy recovery ventilators. + Kaplan Thompson Architects Images © Trent Bell Photography The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture 2030 , Energy Recovery Ventilator , green architecture , Green Building , Harborview Townhomes , heat pumps , kaplan thompson architects , Portland , Sustainable Building        

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Researchers Develop a Heat Pump That Can Last 10,000 Years

April 28, 2011 by  
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Most heat pumps maintain an average useful life of 10-20 years, but researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway (USN) and the University of Oslo believe that they have developed a new heat pump that will last up to 10,000 years . The new heat pump is comprised of many miniature heat pumps, as small as one cubic millimeter, that can be arranged in an array to create a larger unit that can be tall and thin or short and wide, offering flexible modularity for application in any area of a building. Read the rest of Researchers Develop a Heat Pump That Can Last 10,000 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 years , eco heating , energy efficient heating , freon free heat pumps , green heating , heat pump 10 , miniature heat pumps , non toxic heat pumps , University of Oslo , University of Stavanger in Norway

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AirTap: A Heat Pump For Your Hot Water Heater: Hot or Not?

March 1, 2010 by  
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There are few appliances dumber than an electric hot water heater; it uses energy made from boiling water to run turbines to turn generators to be distributed over wires…to boil water again. The AirTap is a heat pump that improves the process somewhat, by taking energy from the air and using it to heat the water.

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How Much Carbon Do Different Forests Store & What Size Offsets Your Driving For a Year?

March 1, 2010 by  
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photo: Chor Ip via flickr. As any TreeHugger worth his or her epiphytes knows, preserving tropical rainforests is a major part of preventing the worst of climate change –deforestation itself causing nearly as many carbon emissions as the entire transportation sector.

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Are Ground Source Heat Pumps (AKA Geothermal Systems) A Good Choice?

February 24, 2010 by  
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Green Building Advisor Every time I write about ground source heat pumps, (like in my post Blowing Hot and Cold on Ground Source Heat Pumps ) the commenters are enraged, saying ” If I were a geothermal contractor or manufacturer I would have asked that this be removed for falsely conveying what geothermal has to offer ” and “engineering degree would probably help too.” But I just got my licence to practice architecture thirty years ago this month and obviously don’t know what I am talking about, so it is great to find a real expert, like … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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