On March the 9th 2012 Christine Antorini, Danish Minister for Children and Education, inaugurated the new zero emission building at the EUC Nordvest school for vocational training in Thisted. EUC Nordvest has built the house in collaboration with students and local craftsmen and the house is now a part of the school’s curriculum.
For guided tours please contact EUC Nordvest. Phone: +45 99 19 19 19.
- Open: By appointment
- Booking: 2 work days prior to visit
- Participants: By appointment
- Admittance fee: None
- Parking: Yes
- Public transportation: Bus stop 400 meters from the school
- Toilet: Yes
- Language: English / Danish.
The zero emission
building is part of the school’s commitment to teaching energy savings and climate technology. EUC Nordvest has a clear vision of the future in building where knowledge about green technology will be a sought after quality in architects, engineers and craftsmen. In order to maintain Denmark’s leading position in green tech, vocational schools must prepare students for future jobs. This is done by making relevant projects part of the curriculum like the building of a zero emission house, and by maintaining close contact with the industry and developers.
The zero emission building is the result of a successful joint venture between the school, the students, the industry and local building professionals. The school aims to remain active in the partnership with the business sector in the field of environmental technology. The building is now part of the curriculum primarily in the Energy and Climate courses where focus is placed on technology, natural science, energy and climate. Pupils from primary schools and secondary education are also invited to make use of the facilities offered in the zero emission building at EUC Nordvest.
The building project has been partly funded by the Municipality of Thisted and is in concordance with municipal policy of being the leading climate municipality in Denmark. Thisted Municipality is already 100 % self-sufficient with electricity from renewable sources. Other focus areas are the zero energy refurbishments for existing buildings and intelligent energy supply.
Dansk Energi (Danish Energy Utilities Business Association) has been another major contributor to the project. Internationally the project has received recognition from the EU ManagEnergy Local Energy Action campaign and is presented in the campaign’s best case list.
Finding an Architect
In March 2010 a competition for the architectural design of the house was launched among the students. The overall idea was to involve students in the project from the beginning and the competition received 28 entries. The winning entry was designed by 1st year student Watjara Sakares and the jury emphasized the compact structure of the house which is important in zero emission building.
During project planning the students drew up recommendations for the building’s energy supply and building materials. Guiding them was one of Denmark’s leading specialists in zero emission building, civil engineer Troels Kildemoes of the consulting company ellehauge & kildemoes. EUC Nordvest architect Flemming Bay Jørgensen, Bayarch, helped adjust the winning design.
Local craftsmen were recruited to build the house. One of the goals of the project was to help construction professionals gain practical training and skills in new energy-saving technology, thus enabling them to comply with the rising demand for energy saving solutions in building. In return the builders accepted the rather unusual conditions for the building process like the participation of students and frequent visits from interested citizens.
The Building Process
Building commenced in May 2011 and was completed in April 2012. During that period classes at EUC Nordvest were planned in order to incorporate the process of building the zero emission house. As a result students gained insight into problems and solutions in zero emission construction and energy efficiency in buildings. To secure this output from the house in the future it has been fitted with a technology wall making the main controls of the house accessible. At the wall students can follow the energy production and energy consumption of the house. The house has also been prepared for additional energy sources in the future.
Facts and Numbers
The two story 254 m2 large house is shaped like a cube in order to achieve a large living space but a small surface area. This construction reduces energy consumption and is an important factor in energy efficient building. Large windows guarantee light and heat and to the south a large projection serves as a sun screen. On the outside the house is insulated with Rockwoll exterior insulation batts. The underfloor heating is Danfoss’ SpeedUp system and the electrical installation is controlled by Zense Home.
The zero emission house is equipped with heat pumps and 6kW solar panels. Energy consumption is estimated at 9.2 kWh/m2 per year. All energy consumption, including lighting, is included in this calculation taking into account the output of the solar panels. As a comparison the energy consumption of a house built according to regular 2013 standards is estimated at approximately 36,6 kWh/m2 per year. The difference of 27 kWh/m2 results in a yearly CO2 reduction of 3828 kg. A zero emission house uses around 75 % more energy than the new zero emission house at EUC Nordvest.
All in all Project Zero Emission Building cost approximately DKK 2.4 million. The project has been financially backed by Dansk Energi (Danish Energy Utilities Business Association) from a fund for vocational schools embracing environmental technology training. Other major contributors were the local builders and contractors charging reduced prices.
The project has supplied both students and building professionals with valuable knowledge about sustainable building. EUC Nordvest is now widely known as a school with high emphasis on energy-saving and environmental technologies training and with a modern take on teaching these subjects.