Every year we’ve seen an increase in the number of zero-carbon and zero-energy projects entered into the WAN Sustainable Buildings 2015 Award, which has set the standard for this category as exceptionally high.
Judging the entries in this category this year were Stuart Carr, Director at Chapman Taylor; Chris Castle, Managing Director at EPR Architects; Jon Eaglesham, Director at Barr Gazetas and Jim Huffman, Design Director at Perkins + Will.
The winning entry was selected from the shortlist of six projects, each embracing sustainability without compromising the usual qualities found in good design and we are extremely excited to announce the winner of WAN Sustainable Buildings 2015 Award is Plus House Larvik in Norway by Snøhetta - Congratulations!
Plus House Larvik retains homely qualities; comfortable with a sense of wellbeing. Chris was extremely impressed by the house, commenting “This building is warm and welcoming, it hits the sustainability issues and it’s beautiful”. By optimizing architectural qualities and technological solutions, Plus House Larvik serves both the living and energy needs of a family house, in addition to generating enough energy surpluses to power an electric car year-round. The house is the result of a collaboration between the architecture and design firm Snøhetta, Scandinavia’s largest independent research body SINTEF, Zero Emission Building (ZEB) partner Brødrene Dahl, and Optimera. The house has a characteristic tilt towards the southeast and a sloping roof surface clad with solar panels and collectors. These elements, together with geothermal energy from energy wells in the ground, serve the energy needed for the house. Chris went on to say “Not only is it zero carbon, Snøhetta have also created a fantastic object”. The materials have been carefully chosen based on thermal characteristics and embodied energy, but also on the basis of their ability to contribute to a good indoor climate, air quality, and aesthetic qualities. Jon commented “The palette and composition is brilliant” with Jim saying “there’s good solar shading”. The building has achieved ZEB-OM verifying 100% CO2 offsetting.
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury but all who entered their projects into this year’s WAN Sustainable Buildings 2015 Award. We very much look forward to seeing next years entries.