Norway’s biggest aluminium manufacturer, Hydro, has unveiled its new Wicona Test Centre in central Germany which it claims will set the standards for energy-efficient buildings of the future. The new centre was designed to be a showcase for Hydro’s advanced aluminium building systems.
Energy experts and architects from Europe and the US were on hand to help open the groundbreaking test centre, which was overseen by Hydro’s President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg.
“As a major global supplier of building systems based on aluminium extrusions, Hydro has a clear vision on buildings that produce their own energy and deliver the surplus energy back to the grid. We are happy to document it with our new facility,” Brandtzaeg said.
The Norway Post reports the Wicona Test Centre will showcase all of Hydro’s advanced building technology along with many other climate-friendly cutting-edge features. The centre was built using the latest energy efficient details to minimise power consumption, like rooftop solar panels and the automated management of light and heat.
The centre is not only carbon-neutral, it’s actually energy positive. This means that on average the test centre produces more energy than it consumes. The company hopes this will help boost the image of its brands of windows, facades, and other building equipment.