HOUSING+ is Denmark’s first net-zero energy apartment building, and a project, which shows that solar panels can be an integrated part of the design of a building.
The aim of HOUSING+ has been to introduce a housing concept, which could reduce the carbon emissions normally encountered in new buildings.
The focus of the project centred mainly on the consumption of electricity be-cause it represents a large part of society’s total energy consumption, and be-cause it has not yet been possible to radically shift the pattern of electricity use.
The groundbreaking aspect of HOUSING+ is a change in views towards day-to-day electricity consumption. It is no longer a private matter but on the contrary something the building industry must become involved in. Both by creating a framework which allows it to be minimised and by compensating for the reduc-tion by having the building generate its own energy.
The building on Søborg Hovedgade is proof that both courses of action are feasible and that it is achievable without compromising the building’s housing and architectural qualities. Energy neutrality has become a genuine and com-petitive option.
The solar-power plant mounted on the walls of HOUSING+ has been optimised in every possible way – and the benefits are clear. The system’s design dimen-sions can deliver approx. 40 MW p.a., which is about one-third more than a standard system is capable of producing. HOUSING+ produces sufficient ener-gy to balance out the total energy consumption of the building - and demon-strates how solar panels can be an Integrated part of architecture.
By creating a genuine zero energy building, which not only goes to zero with regards to heating, but also produces energy to cover the continuous electricity consumption of the residents for lighting, mobile phone chargers and vacuum cleaners, BOLIG+ will show how energy considerations and the quality of life are taken into account to form a synthesis with normal housing economy.
Multi-storey residential construction, approx. 1,200 sqaure metres distributed over 8-12 flats.