Sustainable Sweco Office Shortlisted For Major Building Performance Awards
The Sweco Building, hailed as one of the most sustainable buildings in Norway, has been named a finalist in the International Project of the Year category after becoming the first structure in west Norway to receive a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
The project has been recognised for a series of innovative design elements, which included a ventilation system that uses adiabatic cooling – a process that uses water vapour to cool fresh air – and automatic blinds that help reduce energy load by shading the building in sunlight.
The office is connected to a municipal district heating network powered by waste incineration, and boasts its own low-carbon energy and heating solutions, which has delivered a 35 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to using grid electricity and district heating alone.
It generates electricity through 15m2 of solar cells built into the glass on its south façade and a 400m2 rooftop solar panel array. Approximately 90 per cent of its space and ventilation heating needs are met by a ground source heat pump system, while waste heat from a supermarket on the building’s ground floor is used to heat water.
Sweco provided the project management, building services and M&E consultancy for the build.
Geoffrey Palmer, Sweco’s director of buildings, said: “The Sweco Building is a great example of what can be achieved in building performance with the right vision, skill and technology.
“The criteria for such an energy-efficient structure was set by our people from the outset, and their input has continued to help shape the project. Since the building’s completion, ongoing improvements to its systems, from reducing the brightness of the lights for comfort and energy efficiency to closing the blinds at night to reduce heat loss, have been driven by their feedback.
“At Sweco, we’re committed to designing and building the communities of the future and this structure clearly demonstrates that commitment in action. We look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues across our international office network to create increasingly sustainable environments.”
Held annually since 2007, the Building Performance Awards celebrate engineering excellence in the built environment. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2020.