While most buildings (or designs for that matter) struggle to go near the zero energy mark, the Town Town Erdberg actually promises to generate more power than it would consume. Granted, it isn’t very easy to the eyes, but the new approach has its benefits. Also, the building (design) was good enough to get hold of the 2010 MIPIM sustainability award for its designers.
The building has been designed by Austrian design firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. The design makes a better use of internal space, making 86% of floor space usable, as compared to the 82% that conventional buildings offer. It makes use of a combination of solar and wind power to generate energy.
Exteriors of the building are covered in photovoltaic lamination, while the top has wind turbines. Combined, both of these systems generate more power than what the residents of the building would use. The designers like to describe the building as “”not a passive house, but an active house.”