A sustainable energy solution

Sara Kulturhus will not only be one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings and a place where the city’s culture meets. The building’s energy system also makes an important contribution in the sustainable city.


The culture house, which is built of wood, is a sustainable investment in a municipality that is powered by renewable energy. The energy system not only meets the house's energy needs but also shares. If any other part of the city needs something that the house has a lot of.

This means, among other things, that Sara kulturhus communicates with nearby buildings and, for that matter, the whole of Skellefteå.

An AI, which keeps track of the building’s energy flows – and adapts to the building’s visitors. It learns when a lot of electricity or heat is needed. And when less is needed.

The property is equipped with solar panels, batteries and a heat pump that work with the electricity grid and water and district heating networks. Even the sprinklers, which otherwise are always powered by diesel, run on renewable power. An intelligent control system ensures that none of the renewable energy that heats the building is wasted.

The control system optimizes the house's own energy use and ensures that the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy is used. Excess energy in the property is passed on to other parts of the city. Or saved in batteries.

The combination of architecture, wooden construction and an energy system that is unlike anything else is an important piece of the puzzle in the sustainable city of the future.

The energy concept was developed by Skellefteå Kraft, which explores how technological innovations can make properties more sustainable. The control technology is supplied by ABB.

If you want to know more about the energy system, click here -> skekraft.se/sara