Sweden's most energy-efficient industrial building is insulated with Paroc stone wool insulation. In 2009, the company Hedbergs Tak in Avesta built Sweden’s most energy-efficient industrial building. Construction was carried out together with Paroc.
It’s now clear that the project was a success – the 600 square metre industrial building has the energy consumption of a small, 100 square metre villa. This huge decrease in energy consumption has aroused attention and there is great interest in the building’s energy-saving design.
In 2009, the company Hedbergs Tak in Avesta built Sweden’s most energy-efficient industrial building. Construction was carried out together with Paroc, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of stone wool insulation. With a minimal budget, they have shown that it is possible to halve energy consumption compared with newly produced industrial buildings built according to today's building standards.
Hedbergs Tak wanted to build for the future and use modern technology to find solutions that would make its building energy-efficient, attractive and functional. By insulating using stone wool in the walls and PAROC® Air™ on the roof, they have really succeeded in reducing energy consumption for heating. In addition to this, only two energy-efficient air heat pumps are used as a source of heat.
We can safely say that we’ve succeeded. Over the course of a year, we used about 18,000 kWh to heat our 600 square metre industrial building. This can be compared to the energy consumption of a villa of about 100 square metres. It uses the same amount of energy over the course of one year,” says Lars Hedberg, part-owner in Hedbergs Tak.
The technology to halve energy consumption is simple and the results and knowledge it provides are essential when it comes to future requirements – both in Sweden and within the EU.
“With a clear aim of energy-wise construction and with the right choice of building materials as well as knowledge about how to build with low-energy consumption in mind, there is no problem in halving consumption for industrial buildings as specified in the building standards today,” says Anders Olsson, Technical Support at Paroc Building Insulation.
This huge decrease in energy consumption has aroused attention and there is great interest among Sweden’s municipalities in the industrial building’s energy-saving qualities.
“The aim of many is to build municipal buildings that are environmentally smart and increasingly energy efficient. As the results are now showing such a huge difference, it looks as if the municipalities around the country will pursue this further and, consequently, persuade companies and industries to follow suit. This is a good example to show that it is possible to build energy-efficiently,” says Lars Hedberg.