Village of Sustainable Homes in Norway is Well Underway

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Norway is getting the so-called Bygda 2.0, or Village 2.0, which is a new sustainable development in a rural, seaside area of Norway. The project will focus on developing modern Norwegian houses that will be sustainable, and will form a village of sorts, complete with spaces for doing businesses and research activities. As the people behind it say, “It will be a place to live, work and enjoy.”

They’ve already built two houses, with the second one having been complete only recently. It’s called Hadar’s house, named after the assistant manager of a nearby beach bar who lives in it. The house measures just 500 sq ft (46.5 sq m), yet it appears a lot more spacious than that. The firm Assante Architecture and Design of Stockholm designed it.

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The interior features a large open plan living area, which consists of a dining/work area, living room and kitchen. The bedroom is located in a loft, which is separated off from the rest of the home by a wooden wall to offer some privacy. The house features quite a large bathroom, which also contains a tub, and a large window next to it so you can enjoy the view while taking a bath.

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Perhaps the most interesting part about this house is the modern low-energy heating system. The whole house is heated by a wood stove called “kakelugnspannan”. It’s a modern version of a traditional Scandinavian wood stove and is comprised of a 600 liter tank in which water is heated by burning wood, or by the rooftop mounted solar panels. This water is then circulated to the radiators placed around the house, as well as used for washing. Apparently this system runs at 87% efficiency.

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Hadar’s house is located near the beach, and offers breathtaking views of the sea. It is made entirely of wood, as is the case with most traditional Scandinavian houses. The façade is build out of burned wood, so it is maintenance free.

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