Two office buildings in Norway are undergoing some serious changes over the next year, and upon completion of the project, will generate more power than they use.
Located near Oslo in the town of Sandvika, the three and four-story buildings are being retrofitted to generate solar and geothermal energy on site, turning them into an energy positive space.
The design will incorporate a heat-retaining black exterior, insulation that will reduce energy use by as much as 90%, and a smart interior that will circulate air without the use of fans.
“We believe this is the first time in the world that a normal office block is being renovated to such strict standards,” said Svein Brandtzaeg, chief executive of project partner Norsk Hydro.
Projects like this are a key component of a sustainable future. If more buildings projects get in on this type of retrofitting and develop a self-sufficient energy plan, we will be well on track to a cleaner, brighter, and healthier future.