A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Zero-energy log house – Future concept for an energy efficient building in the Nordic conditions

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Kosonen Antti, Keskisaari Anna
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Energy and Buildings
Volume number: 228
ISSN: 0378-7788
eISSN: 1872-6178
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


current target to decrease the energy consumption of buildings is important as the
residential sector consumes a significant part of the energy over the energy
chain. Another driver is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle global
warming. Renewable energy sources and technical solutions should play the main
role in this pursuit. In this paper, a zero-energy log house in southern
Finland is analyzed in detail. The analysis consists of the design, construction,
and practical use during the years 2017–2019. The objective of the study is to
show that a highly energy efficient log house can be achieved in Nordic
conditions without additional insulation by utilizing renewable energy sources
and energy technical solutions. The
energy efficiency of the house is clearly higher than defined in the national nearly zero-energy
building (nZEB) regulations. The house has a plus energy classification and
carbon negative emissions for the energy. The operational cost of electricity
is on both sides of zero.

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