• Sustainable neighbourhoods with zero greenhouse gas emissions


We will enable the transition to a low carbon society by developing sustainable neighbourhoods with zero greenhouse gas emissions.

We are convinced that our future cities and communities should ensure optimal energy use and be good places for people to live and work in.

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27 Mar

(AVLYST) Energy Transition Conference 2020: Sustainable Cities Workshop

(AVLYST) Sustainable positive energy neighbourhoods and districts – From barriers to enablers The workshop will present examples and discuss challenges and solutions related to three themes from sustainable urban development. A summary that addresses the question, what are the main challenges and enablers of PEDs? will be written after the workshop based on the discussions.… Read more »

Location: Trondheim Time: - End date: 27. March 2020
01 Apr

Webinar: «Hvordan legge til rette for utvikling av energipositive byområder?» med +CityXChange og Storskala Demo Brattøra

Prosjektene Storskala Demo Brattøra og +CityXChange inviterer til webinar: Hvordan legge til rette for utvikling av energipositive byområder? Link til webinar og påmelding: https://tronderenergievent.hoopla.no/sales/1821264354 Beskrivelse: Energisystemet i Europa både må og skal gjennom enorme endringer – raskt! I de pågående innovasjonsprosjekt blir dette adressert og demonstrert. Trondheim blir en arena for utvikling av energipositive byområder.… Read more »

Location: Webinar med påmelding Time: 09:00 - 11:30 End date: 01. April 2020

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 has 9 pilot projects spread all over Norway

The ZEN pilot projects serve as innovation hubs where our researchers, together with building professionals, property developers, municipalities, energy companies, and building owners and users, test new solutions for the construction, operation, and use of neighbourhoods in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions to zero on a neighbourhood scale.


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
Learn more about the Centre’s research


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