A day to remember

When I established R8 Property 10 years ago, I never dreamed of this historic day to arrive. Although it’s been an incredible journey so far, with many unforgettable moments - the opening of Powerhouse Telemark is the proudest day of my life.

My friend and co-partner, Tommy Thovsland, and I, had a dream 6 years ago. We wanted to create a spectacular building in Telemark. A building that would contribute to a better and more sustainable world, and which could be a landmark in Telemark that everyone could be proud of. Through research, we discovered the Powerhouse Collaboration. Thanks to incredible and beyond talented Snøhetta, we launched Powerhouse Telemark at our 5th anniversary, 5 years ago. We named it “The green diamond”, because of its shape and sustainability.

Yesterday, I met Founding Partner of Snøhetta, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, for the first time. His work has inspired me for years. To hear him say that Powerhouse Telemark is proof that there’s no excuse for the construction industry not to build energy positive buildings anymore, gave me goosebumps. That is exactly what we hoped for, when we had this “crazy” idea in the first place: We wanted to show that it’s possible to build extraordinary buildings everywhere, not only in big cities.

From left: Emil Eriksrød CEO R8 Property, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen CEO Snøhetta and Ståle Rød CEO Skanska

The construction industry is responsible for almost 40% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. This number has to be reduced to fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement. Also, the UN says that the climate battle will be won in the cities. Today, buildings are a part of the problem, we want buildings to be an important part of the solution. That is why we, as a commercial real estate developer, have to take responsibility. R8 Property’s ambition is to become a CO2 neutral development company, which moves boundaries within sustainability and technology. Our mission is to create a more sustainable future by using technology and passion to build green, modern communities for people to work and live in.

Working towards a more sustainable future, we need to better utilize office buildings. We’ve established Orbit Technology, a unique and seamless platform to offer premises and facilities across buildings and locations. Powerhouse Telemark is the first building to use this platform, and I look forward to telling you more about this in the near future.

Powerhouse Telemark is undoubtedly my biggest dream coming true. Thanks to amazing and positive collaborators like Snøhetta, Skanska, Asplan Viak, Porsgrunn municipality and all our tenants. This has been a project that we all can be proud of. We would like to do it all over again...

Photo: Skanska

Photo: Ivar Kvaal