• Sustainable neighbourhoods with zero greenhouse gas emissions

WELCOME TO THE ZEN RESEARCH CENTRE

The ZEN Research Centre conducts research on zero emission neighbourhoods (ZEN) in smart cities

We develop solutions for future buildings and neighbourhoods with no greenhouse gas emissions and thereby contribute to a low carbon society.

Register for our first ZEN-conference in Oslo on 17 April- see the program!

 

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What is a zero emission neighbourhood?

The ZEN Research Centre, together with its partners, has set out to create zero emission neighbourhoods (ZEN). A zero emission neighbourhood aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions towards zero within its life cycle.

The ZEN Research Centre is currently working on a draft definition of a zero emission neighbourhood that will be finalized at the end of February.

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ZERO EMISSION NEIGHBOURHOOD?

OUR PILOT PROJECTS

The ZEN Research Centre has currently 7 pilot projects in Norway which function as innovation hubs

The ZEN pilot projects serve as innovation hubs for the Centre’s research. They are geographically limited – primarily urban – areas in Norway in which the Centre’s researchers, together with building professionals, property developers, municipalities, energy companies, building owners and users, test new solutions for the construction, operation and use of neighbourhoods in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions on a neighbourhood scale to zero.

HIGHLY
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY
RESEARCH

Our Research

The ZEN Research Centre’s research is highly multi-disciplinary.
We have organized our research activities in 6 work packages:

  • Work package 1: Analytical framework for the design and planning of zero emission neighbourhoods (ZEN)
  • Work package 2: Policy measures, innovation and business models
  • Work package 3: Responsive and energy efficient buildings
  • Work package 4: Energy flexible neighbourhoods
  • Work package 5: Local energy system optimization within a larger system
  • Work package 6: Pilot projects and living labs
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OUR PARTNERS

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the host and leads the Centre together with SINTEF Building and Infrastructure and SINTEF Energy.

Personnel at the ZEN Research Centre


Postal address:

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings in Smart Cities (FME ZEN)

NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Design
NO-7491 Trondheim


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About the Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research

The Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) scheme develops expertise and promotes innovation by supporting long-term research on environment-friendly energy and carbon capture and storage in collaborations between leading research groups and users. The centres are selected via a detailed process administered by the Research Council of Norway.