Powerhouse is a collaboration of companies dedicated to building energy positive buildings. The collaboration consists of Entra Eiendom, Skanska, Snøhetta, the environmental NGO ZERO, the aluminium extrusion company Sapa og the consulting firm Asplan Viak. We want to demonstrate that it is possible to build energy positive buildings, not just in the southern regions of the world, but also in cold Norway.

No-one can build energy positive buildings alone. We have to rethink to succeed. We need to become better at utilising our expert knowledge.

Powerhouse has already rehabilitated Powerhouse Kjørbo into an energy positive building, as well as developing a new energy positive office building at Brattørkaia in Trondheim. Entra owns both properties.

We want to show that energy positive buildings can pay off, even commercially. Energy positive buildings can be profitable, both for those of us who develop the solutions, and for the users. The users will benefit from the lack of electricity bills.

The formal Powerhouse definition is available here.

Why Energy Positive Buildings?                                                     

Buildings make up 40 % of the world’s energy consumption – and the problem is not going away. In 2050, the energy expenditure in buildings will be equal to the total energy consumption today – unless we do something about it.

Therefore, the EU has decided that all new buildings have to be near zero energy bulidings from 2020, which means that those buildings will have to produce nearly as much energy as they use. It is an ambitious goal. But it also creates new opportunities for those of us who can take part in developing the solutions.

The world needs a lot of energy positive buildings. Everyone who lives in a building, works in a building, designs buildings, constructs new buildings or develops new solutions for buildings have to contribute. This is why Powerhouse wants to reach out to everyone who wishes to be a part of the solution, whether they are tenants, builders, contractors, consultants or architects.

By 2050, the energy consumption in buildings might be equal to the total energy consumption today, but we could paint a different picture. Maybe we have managed to cut the energy consumption in buildings in half. We think it is possible.

Together we can make it happen.