As part of the EXCESS project, a project will be carried out in Finland to determine whether an 8-storey apartment building can produce more than it consumes.
The EXCESS project is funded by the European Union, and its purpose is to show that it is possible to transfer from low-energy houses to zero- and even plus-energy houses using already existing technologies.
In connection to this project, four plus-energy projects will be implemented across Europe in different climatic conditions. An eight-storey plus-energy house will be built in Kalasatama, Helsinki, as part of this project. The purpose of the Kalasatama project is to find out whether it is possible to build an eight-storey house that produces annually more energy than it consumes.
“Until now, residential properties have always consumed energy and strained the environment, but with the technologies developed as part of the project, properties can even start producing energy. It could be said that this is a complete paradigm shift. The old model can be turned completely upside down, and residential properties can be built so that they produce energy and thus protect the environment,” says Tuure Stenberg, CEO of Gebwell Ltd.
The apartment building will be equipped with an efficient Gebwell ground source heat system, as well as solar panels, which, contrary to traditional custom, will also be placed on the façades and balcony railings of the house. The project started in 2019, and the construction of the apartment building in Kalasatama is scheduled to start in early 2021. The funding for the project comes from Horizon 2020, the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation.
“At Gebwell, we believe in the need to save energy and decrease emissions. By participating in the project, we want to be involved in this research to demonstrate that it is possible to live emission-free with these developed technologies,” says Stenberg.