The Norwegian Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB)
The Norwegian Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) is one of eleven national Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) establish by The Research Council of Norway for the period 2009-2016. The main objective of the FME-centres is to contribute to the development of good technologies for environmentally friendly energy and to raise the level of Norwegian expertise in this area. The ZEB Centre is hosted by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and it is organized jointly by NTNU and the research institute SINTEF.
The vision of The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) is to eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions caused by buildings. The main objective is to develop competitive products and solutions for existing and new buildings that will lead to market penetration of buildings that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to their production, operation and demolition. The ZEB Centre encompasses both residential and commercial buildings, as well as public buildings.
In addition to being highly energy-efficient and carbon-neutral, the buildings and related solutions also have to fullfil a range of other criteria in order to be competitive.
They need to provide a healthy and comfortable indoor environment and be flexible and adaptable to changing user demands and needs. They need to be cost-effective, i.e. give economic benefits to producers, users and the society. They need to be architecturally attractive and easy to construct, use, operate and maintain. Finally, they need to have minimum negative environmental impact during production, use and demolition, and be robust with respect to varying climate exposure and future climate changes.
The ZEB Centre is a joint NTNU and SINTEF unit, hosted by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). It encompasses the whole value chain of market players within the Norwegian construction industry. The companies represent more than 100 000 employees and have a yearly turnover of more than $ 32 billion.
The activities in the ZEB Centre comprise five work packages:
WP-1: Advanced materials technologies
WP-2: Climate-adapted low-energy envelope technologies
WP-3: Energy supply systems and services
WP-4: Energy efficient use and operation
WP-5: Concepts and strategies for zero emission buildings
In addition, The ZEB Centre is working on upgrading and expanding existing laboratories and building new laboratory facilities for development, research and testing of ZEB technologies.
Dr. Vojislav Novakovic
Professor - Energy efficiency in buildings at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Energy and Process Engineering, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Vojislav Novakovic is professor in energy efficiency in buildings at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Energy and Process Engineering. His areas of specialization are energy efficiency and conservation in buildings, mathematical modeling and simulation of dynamics in HVAC control loops, traditional and digital control of HVAC-systems, building energy management systems, commissioning, indoor environment and indoor air quality.