Podcast Ep. 14 - The future of housing? It’s here today | foresight.skanska.com

The future of housing? It’s here today 

Welcome to season two of our podcast Shaping Sustainable Places. We’re here to recognize, encourage and inspire stakeholders in the industry and beyond to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon built environment. In each episode, we’ll be speaking with industry and civic leaders, policymakers and other champions of change to explore innovative solutions to real challenges.


As more of us want to live more sustainably, we take a glimpse into the future, where homes generate more energy than they consume over their lifetimes. The good thing is, that future is here today.


In this episode of Shaping Sustainable Places, we visit the Norwegian city of Trondheim, just south of the Arctic Circle, and the Powerhouse Lade project. The soon-to-be-completed apartments here will produce more renewable energy than they consume during their entire life span. The energy used to power and heat a normal home is usually one of the biggest contributors to a household's carbon footprint.  

“We have the solutions, so now we have to focus on knowledge sharing,” says Ivar Ørnes, energy adviser on Powerhouse Lade. Together with his colleagues Kim Bundgård and Ingrid Skirstad from Skanska Norway, he describes how features including hybrid solar panels, thermal wells, low-carbon concrete and efficient insulation make their apartments part of the climate transition.  


And we hear from Dr Stephen Richardson, a leading expert in energy and carbon reduction at the World Green Building Council, about the importance of helping homebuyers make good choices when it comes to the sustainability of their homes.


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This episode's guests:


Dr Stephen Richardson

Director of the Europe Regional Network at World Green Building Council


Kim Bundgård

Residential project manager, Skanska Norway


Ingrid Skirstad

Project manager assistant, Skanska Norway


Ivar Ørnes

Chief energy adviser, Skanska Norway