An 11-story office building projected to be built in Porsgrunn , Norway would take sustainability to another level , as it won’t just make use of green techniques , be Passive House certified , or even reach net-zero standards , but will , instead , actually produce more energy than it uses.
With the fitting name of Powerhouse Telemark , the Norwegian office building is being developed by R8 Properties and designed by Snohetta to be built and completed by February 2019 at a cost of $17 million.
The building will combine a roof covered in solar panels with a streamlined , well-insulated design and a series of heat exchangers and heat pumps in order to achieve such a high level of energy performance.
The slanted , diamond-shaped building faces south and is being designed with a 60-year lifespan in mind. Over these 60 years , the architects and designers say the project will generate enough power to completely reimburse the energy cost of construction , production , and material transportation.
The Powerhouse Telemark has been in development for the past 15 months and is scheduled to begin construction later in 2017. Once completed , the developers hope the project will be copied and buildings with similar levels of energy performance will begin to pop up in countries around the world.