The energy solutions of tomorrow for a building from the past
When Gjøvik Municipality decided it was time to improve its city hall facilities to meet new requirements including a better indoor environment and a different layout and design, it decided to renovate the old City Hall rather than construct a new building. Ambitious targets were set with regard to quality, energy consumption and recycling.
Gjøvik Municipality is taking the challenges of climate change seriously, and it has a target of being a leader in the areas of sustainable growth and development. Its City Hall is the first in Norway to be BREEAM certified as ‘Very good’. BREEAM is a leading tool for classifying the environmental performance of buildings. The building’s oil and electric boilers have been replaced with district heating, and a central operational control system is helping to improve air quality, ensure a stable internal temperature and reduce energy consumption. Thanks to these steps, the City Hall meets the requirements of tomorrow in terms of functionality, efficiency and adaptations. Renovation often delivers greater environmental gains than constructing a new building. Gjøvik City Hall is a good example of how upgrading a building can deliver major reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions caused by energy consumption with limited emissions from material usage.