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buildings. Steinar Grynning defended his PhD  people will live in the ZEB Living Laboratory   for a new FME, the FME Centre on Zero
       thesis in 2015, and the topic was “Transparent  for 25 days each, and the experiments will   Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities.
       facades in low energy ofice buildings.   continue until April 2016. It is still too early   This is a ield where we see the next logical
       Numerical simulations and experimental   to conclude on the outcome. In addition, a   step for the development of a sustainable
       studies”.                          lot of work has gone into the planning and   built environment. Even if the ZEB Centre
                                          evaluation of the completed demonstration   has proven that zero emission buildings can
       To verify the indoor climate a questionnaire   projects both on design and construction   be built, a lot of work still remains to improve
       survey in pilot building Powerhouse   processes and for end-users. A number of   the environmental performance of the built
       Kjørbo has been done, and indoor climate   reports and articles will be published in 2016.   environment as a whole. The vision of the new
       measurements have been started. The   With regard to WP4’s activities on energy   centre will be: Sustainable neighbourhoods
       results indicate satisfactory indoor air quality,   eficient use and operation, one of the most   with zero greenhouse gas emissions. The
       although the displacement ventilation does   important outcomes was the large number of   Centre aims to speed up decarbonisation of
       not succeed in distributing air equally well to   guided tours and media interviews conducted   the building stock (existing and new), use
       all parts of the ofice landscape. Models for   about the Living Lab. This provided ample   more renewable energy sources, and create
       heat and air distribution through doorways   opportunity to involve the public in ZEB Centre  positive synergies between the building
       have been tested by full scale measurements   research.                stock, energy, ICT and mobility systems,
       both in laboratory and ield. These models                              and citizens. The Centre will work with new
       are useful for correct simulation of simpliied   Continuing the development of state-of-the-art  and existing neighbourhoods in cities and
       heating and ventilation systems where the   laboratories has been an important activity   communities with different building typologies,
       heat source is placed centrally in the lat   for the ZEB Centre. The ZEB Test Cells   infrastructures, mobility, and users. The new
       or in the corridor if it is an ofice or school   Laboratory and the ZEB Living Laboratory   centre will deliver added value for Norwegian
       building. A new type of a static heat recovery   were completed in 2015 and are described in   and international society through it’s new,
       exchanger for ventilation air is under   more detail later in this report. Furthermore,   strategic cooperation between the building
       development. Static exchangers eliminate   The Research Council of Norway decided to   and energy sectors and will advance the state
       the air leakages from used to fresh air. This   fund the development and construction of a   of the art in areas needed to accelerate the
       new exchanger type uses a membrane for   ZEB Flexible Laboratory. This facility will be an  transition to a low carbon society The duration
       heat and mass transfer that reduce problems   1800 m  living laboratory facility for testing of   of the centre, if funded, will be 2016 to 2023.
       with frosting. Laboratory measurements on   full-scale integrated systems for zero emission  In addition, the ZEB Centre Board has initiated
       a prototype have proven that it works well;   commercial and public buildings in a Nordic   a discussion about the future form of the ZEB
       effectiveness is higher than expected, but the   climate. This laboratory is also described   Centre and how it may continue its work.
       pressure drop with the chosen coniguration   elsewhere in this report.
       is somewhat too high and need further                                  The ZEB Centre research period might soon
       development.                       We have now entered 2016, which is the   be over (as an FME, funded by the Research
                                          inal full year where the ZEB Centre has FME   Council of Norway), but the results, including
       With the completion of the ZEB Living   status (Forskningssentre for miljøvennlig   research results, materials, products and real
       Laboratory, a unique tool for analysis of   energy – Centres for Environment-friendly   full scale buildings, will forever be available as
       user-technology-interaction in residential   Energy Research), appointed by the Research  visible functioning proof of the zero emission
       buildings has become available. Experiments   Council of Norway. An important activity in the  building concept. Research and development
       started in the autumn 2015. Six groups of   second half of 2015 was therefore applying   activities will continue.

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