SEMINAR: From net Zero Emission Buildings (ZEBs) to net Zero Emission Neighbourhoods (ZENs) – possibilties and challenges.

SEMINAR: From net Zero Emission Buildings (ZEBs) to net Zero Emission Neighbourhoods (ZENs) – possibilties and challenges.

Seminar Abstract 

The presentation will give an overview of the main goals of The Norwegian Reseach Centre for Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) which ran from 2009 to 2016, as well as, the newly launched Norwegian Research Centre for Zero Emissions Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN) which will run from 2017 to 2025. The talk will provide an overview of the ZEB and ZEN definitions, ZEB ambition levels, calculation methodology and both the realised ZEB pilot buildings and planned ZEN pilot projects. In addition, the presenter will give an overview of her sabbatical research which addressed the specific challenge of increasing complexity and decreasing usability when dealing with the level of detail required to model a ZEB building. Moreover, to achieve a ZEN, we will also need to handle both ‘top down’ neighbourhood level data with ‘bottom up’ building and material level data. This can quickly become complex and overwhelming particularly when dealing with non-expert users, such as planners and architects who play a key part in the design process of future ZEN’s.

Visualisation is an invaluable tool to communicate complex data in a dynamic and interactive way that makes it easier for all stakeholders to understand and become involved early and throughout the design process. The main objectives will be to gain new knowledge for the development of a visuadata driven ZEB/ZEN and secondly, to develop new networks and gain new knowledge in the field of data visualisation to analyse and model the data at different scales and for different key performance indicators. As a starting point, the project will build upon the robust and reliable data and methods already achieved at the ZEB centre which will be briefly explained in the presentation. The addition of the embodied carbon parameter in the LBNL tool, CityBES tool will be presented which is part of the collaboration with LBNL. It is hoped that collaboration with CBE UC Berkeley and LBNL will also act as a basis for future research collaboration together with California Singapore in this emerging field.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Aoife Wiberg
Professor, NTNU

Aoífe Houlihan Wiberg is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research – Research Centre for Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) and was Vice Head of the Department of Architecture and Design at NTNU in Norway from 2015 to 2017. She was Head of Department in 2016. She graduated in Architecture from The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and later earned her M.Phil.(1998) and Ph.D. (2010) Degrees from The Martin Centre at the University of Cambridge in England with Professor Koen Steemers and Dr. Nick Baker. She was elected a Chartered Member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2001 and has ten years experience working in practice in The Bahamas, Malaysia (Dr. Ken Yeang of T.R.Hamzah & Yeang); London,UK (Aukett Europe Plc.); Dublin, Ireland (Murray O’Laoire Architects) and a short research placement at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has spent the last six years in the development of a robust and reliable CO2 calculation method for building materials, as well as, developing concepts and strategies for zero emission buildings in Norway. She runs a course called ‘Emissions as Design Drivers’ in the International M.Sc. Sustainable Architecture and has been involved in undergraduate teaching in the area of tectonics in Architecture, as well as, supervising at Masters and Ph.D. level.

She is a leader in the IEA Annex 57 ‘Evaluation of embodied energy and CO2 emissions for building construction’ and Nordic Build Sted ‘Sustainable Transformation and Environmental Design Network’ amongst other projects. She is currently joint subtask leader in the new Annex 72, ‘Assessing life cycle related environmental impacts caused by buildings‘. She has numerous publications, sits on several international scientific committees, acts as journal reviewer for Energy and Buildings and Building Research and Environment (BRI) and has recenty been invited guest speaker in Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul.


Jul 5, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm