Finland takes steps towards nearly zero energy building

FInZEB project will define the national energy efficiency requirements for different building types.

The FInZEB project recently launched by Ministry of the Environment , the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT, and the Finnish Association of Mechanical Building Services Industries will define what ‘nearly zero-energy building’ means in practice in Finland. FInZEB will also specify at what level the national energy efficiency requirements will be set for different building types.

Particular attention will be paid to indoor air quality, the cost-efficiency of construction, and the safety, healthiness and functionality of structures. The project will also examine ways to improve energy efficiency as well as the opportunities and effects of regional and local energy solutions. FInZEB brings together Finland’s leading experts on energy efficient construction, with Granlund Oy acting as the senior consultant.

“With the joint project we can get important practical information about how to sensibly make very energy efficient buildings and what kind of requirements should be set for them,” says Pekka Kalliomäki, Senior technical advisor at the Ministry of the Environment. “The aim is also to speed up companies to develop processes, methods and products.” The results of the project can be followed on the website www.finzeb.fi.

Tripla centre will show the way

Granlund Oy is involved in the early stage planning of the heating, water, ventilation, electricity and energy consulting for the new Tripla centre in Pasila, which is set to become the second centre of Helsinki by 2021. Tripla is a three-block complex, which will comprise a shopping and congress centre, housing units, offices, a hotel, and a public transport terminal. A new kind of a multipurpose arena will form the heart of the centre.

“I believe that the Tripla centre will become a prime example of energy efficiency, showing the way for Finland towards the era of nearly zero energy construction,” says Ville Reinikainen, Director of the Energy and Environment Department at Granlund Oy. According to the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, all new public buildings should have a near zero energy rating from the beginning of 2019 and all new buildings from the beginning of 2021.

Sources: FInZEB, Granlund