The 1st near zero-energy hall in Finland completed

The first near zero-energy hall in Finland for commercial and office premises has been completed at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Hämeenlinna. Built for R&D and teaching use, the new hall will be occupied by HAMK and Ruukki Construction. The hall was built to show that it is economically viable to build a near zero-energy building even in northern climes.

The main departure point in building the hall was to create a building that both saves energy and utilises renewable energy. “To our knowledge, the hall that has just been completed is the only one of its kind in the world. A new way of building results in energy-efficient, high quality comfortable buildings that save the financial resources of their owners. This building features a number of energy-producing and energy-saving solutions, including airtight wall panels and a roof and wall harnessing the solar energy”, says Marko Somerma, head of Ruukki Construction.

Photo courtesy of Ruukki

”The new building is home to the Sheet Steel Centre, which was established in 1998 and is HAMK’s oldest research unit. The building is part of an extensive campus restructuring, with the creation of the largest university of applied sciences-based cluster innovation in Finland in HAMK’s University Centre”, says Pertti Puusaari, Rector of HAMK.