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NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Helsingborg


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The city of Helsingborg had adopted an ambitious climate action plan by which the city had already achieved 88 % CO2 emissions reductions (compared with the 1997 level) and a less than 20 % share of fossil fuel, the final goal being carbon neutrality, or even exporting carbon-neutral energy to neighbouring areas. With this aim, the NEXT-BUILDINGS project realised very low-energy buildings as the first phase of a huge and very ambitious 311 000 m2 ecodistrict development. The new dwellings comprised not only of passive houses or zero-energy buildings, but also include active houses (a new category of houses that generate electricity and heat, and include user involvement and demand control), together forming a more sustainable new neighbourhood.

Demo Site Expected Impact

*Information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The new buildings were established as fill-in buildings in between the eco-rehabilitated buildings. They are active houses with a space heating demand of less than 16 kWh/m2/yr.

Active houses are active as they generate electricity (exchange/export of electricity to grid) and heat (exchange/export of solar to district heating). Moreover, they feature user involvement, behaviour and demand control, and thus have an important role for the development of the total adjacent area.



*Information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The implemented measures include:

Energy efficiency in buildings

  • High-performance new buildings
  • Building integrated renewable energy sources
    • 100% green electricity
  • Waste sorting

Energy system integration

  • Waste heat recovery

    • Heat recovery from waste water
  • Photovoltaics
  • Thermal collectors
  • District heating and cooling
    • Renewable district heating


  • Building energy management system

Building aspects

  • Building Energy Services
  • heating and DHW
  • Installed Renewable Energy Sources
  • photovoltaic
  • Installed Renewable Energy Sources
  • solar thermal collectors
  • Technology used to supply the buildings
  • district heating (DH) network

Thematic Field

  • New Building(s)

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