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At Inhabitat, we’ve been showing our support for COP15 by telling our readers about the need to take action on climate change. Various Architects in Oslo, Norway has taken a different path and did what they do best – designing a concept for an ultra energy-efficient building that could help mitigate the world’s climate problems! The building features a variety of energy-saving measures including operable insulated shutters on the building’s facade, wind turbines, a green roof, and the use of local and sustainable building materials – sounds like a pretty fitting tribute to COP15 if you ask us.

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  1. jeanX December 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    These wind turbines look very open to me.How many birds do you they kill?
    Just for 10% of the power….

  2. Jim Dodson December 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The relevant numbers were included in our press release, but didn’t make it into the article on inhabitat. Visit our webpage for more information: http://www.variousarchitects.no

    The building’s energy use has been calculated to 72 kWh/m2/yr – a class A Energy rating which is also below the 75 kWh/m2/yr used in the Passivhaus standard. Passivhaus has not been ratified in norway yet (hopefully soon!) but we have used the main principles of the concept. 10% of the energy is provided by the 4 Quiet Revolution turbines, the rest would come from hydro-electric sources in the norwegian power grid.

    Ramboll UK in Bristol have been great collaborators on the project, and we have quite a bit of technical information to back up the pretty renderings.

  3. MrSteve007 December 8, 2009 at 11:58 am

    So it’s claimed as the most efficient in Norway, yet has no projected energy use numbers (say, kbtu per sq/meter). What gives?

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