Smart, colourful and energy efficient

Lyngården in Trondheim, Norway is everything a modern office building should be – smart, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. In addition, the dynamic façade lighting allows the building to change colour to match the temperature or celebrate a special occasion.

Lyngården was completed in April 2019 and houses approximately 450 employees from SpareBank1, Microchip Technology and NCC, among others. The 13,900-square-foot building is located just off the European Route E6 motorway – a location the project director, Ulf Haugen, in KLP Eiendom is very pleased with.

“From the roof terrace we can enjoy Norway’s best view,” says Haugen unassumingly. Next to the roof terrace you can find the staff restaurant. “It has been given the most exquisite location in the whole building to allow the inhabitants to enjoy the view and terrace. Hegstad & Blakstad, the company that runs the restaurant, has been chosen together with the tenants because of their organic and sustainable profile,” Haugen explains. In addition to the 300-meter terrace, the roof holds 500 square meters of solar panels that, among other things, power the electric vehicle charging stations in the basement.

“We also have 1,000 square meters of sedum, which is a good habitat for bees,” says Haugen.

The façade of the office building «Lyngården» is illuminated by programmable RGB lighting that allows the building to change colours.



Changes colour

The name Lyngården translates to something like ‘the lightning building’. The name refers to the zigzag outline which can be seen when the structure is viewed from above.The name is also emphasised by the spectacular façade lighting, which is an RGBW solution supplied by Glamox. Lyngården is nothing if not a signal building.

“I often say that the building has a mood. We let the façade change colour based on temperature – blue when it is cold and red when it is warm. In addition, we intend to mark holidays and special occasions such as Gay Pride Day and the Pink Bow campaign with appropriate colour schemes,” says Haugen.


BREEAM-Nor and Passive House

The building owner, KLP Eiendom, has commissioned a modern and energy efficient building with a clear green profile. Lyngården is BREEAM-Nor certified and complies with the requirements of the Passive House Standard, even without the solar panels. One contributor to this achievement is the use of motion detection to control all indoor lighting. In addition, more than 600 energy meters have been installed to give tenants precise information about how much energy is used at any given time. Schneider Electric has been responsible for the building automation at Lyngården, while NCC has been the main contractor. Glamox has supplied all lighting both inside and outside.

Smart solutions

In spite of the requirement for energy efficiency, it is also possible for the office inhabitants to control both the heating and lighting from their own touch panels.
“The inhabitants are allowed to dim the light up and down and regulate the heat by +/- 2 degrees. In terms of energy consumption, this does not make a big difference, but it can have a significantly positive effect on the working environment. Many young people also think that 600 lux is too bright and choose to dim the light down,” says Haugen. Another solution Haugen is satisfied with is the access control.
“We use mobile phones as access cards. This makes it very easy to control who has access where,” he explains.

BREEAM and lighting

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use. Globally there are more than 562,000 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,265,600 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990. The BREEAM assessment process evaluates the procurement, design, construction and operation of a development against targets that are based on performance benchmarks. Assessments are carried out by independent, licensed assessors, and developments rated and certified on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding. BREEAM measures sustainable value in a series of categories, ranging from energy to ecology.


Passive houses at a glance

• A passive house is a building that uses little energy for heating and lighting compared to ordinary buildings.

• The reason for the term passive housing is that passive measures are taken to reduce energy consumption.

• The lighting criteria imply requirements for daylight and constant light management, as well as dynamic light management when anybody is present. In addition, at least 60 per cent of installed power for lighting must be subject to control by the light management system in the building. There must be at least one control zone per room, or one control zone per 30 square meters in larger rooms