Refurbishing to Create Energy-Positive Buildings

By optimizing and combining existing technologies in new ways, the project partners behind Powerhouse Kjørbo have transformed an inefficient 1980’s office block into a modern, energy positive building – producing more energy than it consumes. Rooftop solar panels and a ground source heat pump provide renewable, locally produced energy for the building, and the central stairway naturally ventilates the whole office. Innovative reuse of materials add to energy and resource efficiency, all culminating in an attractive, healthy and sustainable place to work.

We are showing that the private sector can work together in a unique collaboration, using existing technology in new ways.

Klaus-Anders NysteenCEO, Entra Eiendom

The solar panels on the building can produce electricity for use on site, or for delivery to the power grid, with capacity of over 200,000 kWh, or 41 kWh/m2 each year. As a result of these efforts, the Powerhouse Kjørbo was awarded BREEAM’s “Outstanding” certificate.

Why you should care

Buildings account for around 40% of the USA’s CO2 production. The Powerhouse project partners are collaborating to reverse this trend, by designing buildings that produce more energy than they consume.

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