How a cold-climate office building may generate surplus energy

Porsgrunn Norway

An 11-story office tower1 planned for Porsgrunn, Norway, will capture energy on solar panels placed on its slanted, diamond-shaped south-facing roof. Streamlined design, ample insulation , heat exchangers, and heat pumps are all expected to contribute to energy performance.

The building’s architects and designers estimate that within 60 years, enough power will be generated to recapture construction energy cost as well as transportation of the construction materials.


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Alexa Stone
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