A construction in Larvik, Norway can actually generate 2 times the energy that it uses.
Going beyond responsible, this home is not only off the grid but can also contribute energy back to it. This design goes further than delegating smart power, but takes the excess energy generated from the house and actually puts it to work.
The roof is slanted and positioned at an angle in order to collect the most sunlight, as well as to provide natural ventilation throughout the house. Also, instead of using shades in the windows, the central atrium and general openness allows the sun to filter through and help warm the home.
The design makes use of passive heating and cooling systems, and uses exterior and interior supplies with optimal thermal abilities and natural elements to help fully offset its carbon emissions. The home’s positioning helps to facilitate solar collection, and it also utilizes geothermal energy from the landsite.
The excess heat that escapes the home isn’t wasted either, as it helps in heating the pool. There is also energy left over to power up the family’s electric car.
This zero emission building is intended in design to be a single family residence, but is actually a prototype that will provide information on other sustainable housing projects. Since the structure is a pilot design, data will be recorded over time so that it can be deemed what type of systems in the home are more energy efficient.
Information will be collected on the most effective ways to construct and assimilate smart features in future developments. The goal is to understand how architecture can be combined with advances in green technology for optimal energy efficiency and family home comfort.
With modern sustainable features and advanced technologies, this design proves that with planning and research, residential constructions are capable of going beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the hungry grid.
All images of The ZEB Multi-Comfort House are via Snøhetta.
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