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Energy conservation


Detailed description of the Good Practice

When the Bergen Co-operative Housing Association (BOB) planned to build 151 new dwellings in the city centre, they wanted to make them both comfortable and environmentally sound. The dwellings at Georgernes Verft were designed as 10 terraced blocks, each with 4-6 levels. 90 % of heating needs are covered by a heat pump using the harbour water as its heat source. For space heating, warm water circulates partly through radiators and partly under floors. Each flat has a panel om which energy consumption is monitored and can be controlled. The centrally set "default values" for temperature are 21 degrees during the day and 18 degrees at nighttime. Heat from air that is expelled through the ventilation system is recuperated by a heat exchanger, while heat loss through windows is reduced by low-emission caotings.

The Georgernes Verft complex also has several environmental features in addition to energy conservation. The indoor climate is good thanks to healthy building materials and a central vacuum cleaner system that removes dust from the air. All kitchens are equipped with several waste containers to make source separation simple. There is a common compost reactor which converts organic waste to compost within four weeks. Residents use the compost to grow plants on their balconies. Several meetings have been held at which the residents have learnt about and discussed the environmental features of Georgernes Verft, including the technical details.

energy efficiency
renewable sources of energy
sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

to make ne dwellings both comfortable and environmentally sound

Participants of the Good Practice

Co-operative Housing Association (BOB)

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

Some support for energy conserving measures from the Norwegian Energy Authority and State Housing Bank. Otherwise self-financing through sale of flats

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Arkon Arkitekter (architects)
Address Kontorfellesskapet K4, Jernbanealléen 33, N-3210 Sandefjord
Telephone +47-33 42 85 91
Telefax +47- 33 42 85 86
Name Bergen og Omegn Bolibyggelag (Bergen Co-operative Housing Association)
Address Pb. 7280, N-5020 Bergen
Telephone +47-55 54 74 00
Telefax +47-55 54 75 00
E-mail eskorve@bob.no

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April, 10, 2009)