Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of our energy consumption. Greater efforts put into research on buildings and installations will enable us to build cost-effective “zero energy” houses within the next five to ten years.
SINTEF is helping to develop methods and technical solutions for energy-efficient buildings. Installations such as heat pumps and ventilation systems influence domestic energy consumption, and is becoming vital to control, regulate and monitor such systems in order to ensure that they function at an optimal level.
Low-energy and passive houses
Buildings and infrastructure also need to be adapted to recent climate changes.
In the course of the past few years, SINTEF has put a great deal of effort into research on low-energy houses, and we have also been very active in the field of passive houses.
Today, we are dealing with zero-emissions houses – yet another step in the same direction. Zero-emission houses are buildings that make no net contribution to climate loads in the course of their whole life-cycle – all the way from the production of materials until they are incorporated into the building.