Av Clara Good, stipendiat ved Institutt for byggekunst, historie og teknologi, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Whether we designed them for it or not, all buildings use solar energy. Passive solar energy provides heat and daylight through windows and building envelope. If it is used as a design tool, passive solar can reduce the energy demand of a building significantly. In a zero energy building, active solar energy systems can provide electricity, heating and cooling.
Today, there are still few examples of solar energy installations on buildings in Norway, but the market is starting to grow. Some exciting projects have realized recently, such as the Oseana Cultural Center in Os (figure). This week, on December 3, 2013, Norway’s largest solar energy system so far will be inaugurated: Norway's largest solar energy system.