Plus House Larvik, a pilot project created by Snøhetta architectural studio in partnership with SINTEF, Zero Emission Building (ZEB) partner Brødrene Dahl and Optimera, has won the WAN Sustainable Buildings 2015 award. The architects demonstrate how energy-saving solutions and integrated technologies can be used to build a house of the future using traditional local building techniques and materials such as timber.
Snøhetta paid great attention to a number of parameters which are difficult to quantify economically, such as emotional comfort and the sense of wellbeing: essential features in any home, which in this project are indissolubly linked with the principles of environmental sustainability and energy conservation.
For example, the building’s relationship with the outdoors, essential for natural lighting and the sense of well-being conveyed by visual contact with the garden and the landscape, is mediated by attentive assessment of the building’s geometry and orientation and by positioning glass surfaces in a way that maximises the effects of passive heating and cooling.
Attentive design choices and integration of technologies in the design of the home make it not only energy self-sufficient but capable of producing enough energy to provide an annual supply of electricity for an electric car and enough extra hot water for an outdoor pool.
Location: Ringdalskogen, Larvik, Norway
Typology: Zero Emission Demonstration Building
Size: 220m²(house), 220m2 (site)
Client: Optimera and Brødrene Dahl (Saint Gobain)
Images courtesy of Snøhetta, photo by Paal-André Schwital