This eco-friendly retirement home in the Arctic Circle meets the environmental requirements of Norwegian Standard NS3700, the national equivalent of the ‘Passive House’ standards. The low-energy building will be home to many elders of the Kautokeino community in Finnmark, located in the extreme northeastern part of Norway, where temperatures sink below -40°C over the winter months. Estonian producer of prefabricated wooden structures, Q-haus, built the Kautokeino Home Care Center, while Kebony, manufacturer of sustainable alternatives to tropical hardwood, provided durable and maintenance-free cladding material to ensure a robust structure that will keep the elders safe and warm. They built the entire building in a factory in Estonia and shipped it by truck to Kautokeino, where it was assembled under severe weather conditions.
According to Q-haus, the biggest challenge has been to come up with a good solution for building the external walls. They built the entire structure in a factory in Estonia and shipped it by truck to Kautokeino, where it was assembled under severe weather conditions. Arranged in a horseshoe shape, the prefab building sits beautifully on the side of a hill and has a facade designed to withstand the severe weather conditions without losing its visual appeal.
Glass wool insulation and airtight triple glass windows helped ensure the building meets Passive House requirements. Kebony sent the wood to the factory to be assembled on the wall elements. The company’s wood products can be used on the interior and exterior and over time acquires its characteristic silver-grey patina without losing its performance characteristics.
“The Kautokeino Home Care building is the first project in which Kebony has been used by our factory,” said Andrea Bronzini, product manager and sales director at Q-Haus. “We are extremely pleased with the final result. The natural look and feel of Kebony is a perfect fit for ecological buildings, especially for important objects such as this large passive house in Kautokeino.”