ZEB laboratory is the World’s most sustainable building with a documented carbon footprint.
ZEB laboratory is a joint effort between NTNU University and SINTEF Research organization with funding from the Norwegian Research Council, realized together with Veidekke and LINK Arkitektur.
ZEB laboratory is a combined office, education center, and laboratory building with highly specialized research equipment and classrooms, where NTNU and SINTEF will be testing zero emission technology. The building will be the world's first Zero Emission building2 with a documented carbon footprint, showing total CO2 emissions and corresponding compensation of renewable energy production. In a global context, the project is revolutionary, and will set a new standard for future buildings.
LINK Arkitektur is responsible for architecture, landscape architecture and workplace design, as well as energy consultancy in the project. LINK is also in charge of the carbon footprint calculation and energy concept. Furthermore, LINK has contributed to the design of the building's future-oriented ventilation principles.
ZEB laboratory will be a model project, with state-of-the-art building performance when it comes to low greenhouse gas emissions. Local renewable energy production compensates for emissions from construction, building materials, transport and building operation over 60 years. Several measures have been taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and power peaks in real conditions.
The building has its own energy supply system and is connected to the public electricity grid and the district heating system on the NTNU campus. A central control system measures the occupancy of the building and controls energy supply, air supply, lighting and solar shading for optimal comfort and low energy use. The use of artificial intelligence makes it possible to study the relation between indoor positioning data from the users and indoor climate data. The laboratory is equipped with building-integrated solar panels and a heat pump that can use different heat sources, waste heat from inverter room, exhaust air and outdoor air.
The building will be four stories high, with a total of 1800 m2 BRA. The ground floor is designed as an open and inviting area with a lunchroom and an auditorium. With visible energy production systems and energy storage on the ground floor, the lab will create curiosity and be an attractive center for visitors. The building is constructed with a solid wood structure in a flexible grid. The shape is inspired by the silicon crystals in the solar panels.
The shape of the building was designed to meet the requirements for energy production from solar panels, which shall compensate for all CO2 emissions from material production, transport of materials to the construction site, operation of the construction site, construction of the building and operation of the building for 60 years. The building's facades and roofs are clad with solar panels, and the roof tilts 42 degrees to the south for optimal energy production. This gives the building a distinctive identity and it will appear as a powerful architectural statement.