Green is good in Overhalla

Green projects
Overhalla municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county started its energy and climate plan as early as 2007. The plan states that new buildings must be constructed to ensure low energy use, or so-called passive housing methods.

All local and regional authorities were required by the government to have an energy and climate plan ready by 1 July 2010.

"Building a nursery school is basically expensive," says Asle Lydersen, who is the HR Director of Overhalla municipal. "The building costs are calculated at around NOK 25 million, and have been financed by loan from KBN." Lydersen says that the high investment costs can be justified over time by the reduced operational costs.

"KBN is currently promoting a green interest rate, that we were the first customers in Norway to benefit from." The HR Director also states that green interest rate will act as a stimulus to implement further environmentally sound measures.

"We think that KBN is a sound and professional operator in the financial and lending market for local authorities. Making environmental measures visible, as KBN does by offering lower interest rates to energy and climate initiatives, sends a strong signal to the market," emphasises Lydersen.

Passive housing

The passive house concept was initially developed by Dr. Wolfgang Feist at the Passive House Institute in Germany.  The total energy needs for a house built according to the passive house standard are around 25 percent of the energy needs of a standard house. The reason that the term passive house is used that as many passive forms of reduction of the energy needs as possible are used, including extra insulation, extremely good sealing and heat recycling.