The construction of an energy-efficient residential quarter is set to commence in Kalasatama, Helsinki, in 2018.
The buildings will be able to utilise the heat load of the sun throughout the year due to their large window surfaces. Any excess thermal energy, meanwhile, will be transmitted to the local district cooling and heating system to enable the residential quarter to serve as a source of renewable energy.
The zero-energy building concept, SunZEB, has been developed by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).
Sari Toivonen, a senior advisor at Finpro’s Invest in Finland, is confident that the development project will stir up further interest in Kalasatama.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Kalasatama; after all, it’s one of the most internationally interesting sites in Finland. It’s an excellent site for piloting new solutions. It has really invested in energy-efficiency,” she says.
Finland, she gauges, provides an excellent test environment for innovative building solutions for a number of reasons: it boasts one of the most advanced networks of district cooling and heating systems in the world, is witnessing a booming interest in solar energy, and offers excellent access to open data and local ecosystems.