The world is ready for an even fresher catchphrase than “net zero” buildings (NZB) to describe environmentally friendly buildings. Say hello to Norway's Powerhouse Kjørbo, the world’s first “energy positive building" (EPB) or “net positive" building. Originally an ordinary office building from the 1980s, the adaptive reuse project represents a collaboration between Snøhetta, construction company Skanska, environmental organization Zero, aluminum supplier Hydro, and property management company Entra Eindom. Image via Designboom Another catchphrase you can expect to hear buzzing around EPBs: By combining and optimizing existing technology, buildings like Powerhouse Kjørbo can reduce energy consumption by 90%. During the course of its anti...
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight: