Housing project Solarna dolina (Solar Valley) in Novi Sad, northwestern Serbia, implements the best practices for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in a specific urban environment design.
The project is located on the slopes of the Fruška Gora mountain, on the right bank of the river Danube, in Karagača, Petrovaradin, near the state roadway M-21 Novi Sad – Ruma.
The total of 112 homes, 73 to 166 sq.m, will be built in two stages at the surface area of 3,6 ha. After the completion the project will offer a total of 12,500 sq.m. of energy efficient living space.
Phase I has started in April 2016. The total of 10 residential units (with or without additional garage, depending of the investors requests) and a management office building should be completed in the summer 2017. Phase II will start in 2018, bringing the project to the end.
Construction works are on the way, and the first units are already offered on the market, available for the investors and future owners.
Renewables for heating and cooling, hot water
Competitive advantages of the project are high-end energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy generated from solar collectors and heat pumps.
Total roof area of the central management office building, 250 sq.m, will be covered with solar collectors, which will deliver 60 percent of the energy needed for heating and hot water for households. The rest of the energy needed will be provided by the efficient air-to-water heat pumps.
Expected consumption of electricity for heating, sanitation water and cooling is around 8 KWh/sq.m. a year – 15 times less compared to a new buildings with energy grade C in Serbia, that are using natural gas, city heating and electricity for heating and water. All homes will achieve grade B of energy efficiency, keeping energy consumption below 30 kWh/sq.m. on yearly basis. Being that the average consumption in the city of Novi Sad is around 140 KWh/sq.m, new development will offer a four times less expenses compared to the average household bills.
All living units will be equipped with automated smart home system. Owners will be able to use a free mobile app for heating and cooling control and management in every room separately.
The entire neighborhood will have the centralized heating and cooling energy infrastructure with a main facility on the office building. But, every home will also have its separate connection and owners will don’t have to worry about its maintenance since the specialized company will operate the entire system.
The project is developed by Mitko Džolev and his company Termo-inženjering from Novi Sad. For more details visit Solarna Dolina website.