Net Zero Waterfront Living In Denmark

A new structure proposed for the Aalborg Waterfront in Aalborg, Denmark, would change the city’s skyline in a dramatic way without appreciably impacting its carbon footprint. This sleek new housing development would feature 60 apartments, from 4 to 12 stories high, all supplied with a 100 percent renewable energy, and has been proposed by Scandinavian architectural firm C. F. Møller, in collaboration with Cenergia, an energy consulting group.

The development’s distinctive sloped, south facing roof would be fitted with photovoltaic and solar thermal panels capable of producing 104,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to cover the the building’s electricity needs. Four vertical axis, low-noise wind turbines would take advantage of the area’s strong western winds, creating an additional power supply to recharge residents’ electric cars.

Passiva House Aalborg Waterfront development

image via C. F. Møller

In this design, harvested rainwater irrigates surrounding gardens, large window openings allow for ample daylight, and passive house building techniques are employed to minimize heating and cooling needs.

Passive House Aalborg Waterfront

image via C. F. Møller

Gizmag reports that the building’s solar-harvesting roof would be positioned at a slope between Aalborg’s main bridges, and would shelter a public gazebo and cafe near the water–eschewing pricey waterfront views for a few apartments by creating solar power (and waterfront communal space) for all.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.