The Norwegian Zero Emission Building Laboratory is established at NTNU and SINTEF.
The ZEB Laboratory is the first of its kind in Norway: A laboratory to test and develop new materials and solutions, while being fully operational as office and teaching facilities.
The building sector accounts for a large proportion of the energy use in the world. To get below the two-degree target for global warming, this energy consumption and related CO2 emissions have to be reduced. The new laboratory is essential to develop solutions that both safeguard the energy-related and environmental concerns on one hand, and human activities on the other hand.
The R&D activities in the ZEB Laboratory is a continuation of the former Research Center for Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB, www.zeb.no ) and a link to new Research Centre Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (www.fmezen.no ). In FME ZEN we expand the perspective to also see buildings as part of a zero-emission area. The laboratory will partly be used to investigate and do research on the energy flexible buildings, and how they can exchange energy to the thermal grid and electric energy grid. The goal of zero CO2 emissions affects architectural design of the building, technical installations, and the choice of materials.
The laboratory makes it possible to study the interaction between the users and the technology in the buildings. We can try out solutions and technologies that are not mature for use in full-scale pilot buildings. In the laboratory we can manage risks in a controlled environment.
The ZEB Laboratory is an important extension of our existing laboratories where we conduct research on components, systems, and materials.
The new lab provides opportunities to develop new technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NTNU and SINTEF want to create arenas for future solutions together with industry and public sector.
The main objective of the Norwegian Zero Emission Building Laboratory (ZEB Lab) is to develop, investigate, test and demonstrate new and innovative building technologies, hence respecting and promoting future requirements and advances for sustainability and environmental progress. ZEB Lab will be an arena for risk reduction in implementation of zero emission building technologies, needed in buildings becoming the default standard in 5-20 years, i.e. buildings with improved performance levels both with regard to energy use and climate robustness. These will be buildings that are carbon neutral or negative during their life span and can withstand a harsher climate. The laboratory will consist of a large full-scale non-residential building (ZEB Flexible Lab) where most of the façade components and technical systems can be modified and replaced, and where technologies can be interconnected in such a way that they form a complete zero emission building or part of a building (e.g. one or more office spaces). The people/users interacting with the building and building technologies are part of the experimental setup - enabling a living laboratory.
The flexible design of ZEB Lab allows investigations of several experimental test cases, where the first ones will be designed by and performed with the FME ZEB Centre including its industrial partners. ZEB Lab, which will be a unique national infrastructure, will be used by national and international building industry (in product development and research), visiting researchers (incl. MSc- and PhD-candidates) from national and foreign research institutes/universities, and researchers from NTNU and SINTEF.