The worlds tallest wood building was just completed in Norway

April 10, 2019 by  
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In March 2019, the Mjösa Tower became the tallest wooden building in the world at 18 floors (for a total of 85.4 meters tall), followed closely by the HoHo Wien building in Austria (84 meters) and the Peri-S?pân?a Monastery in Romania (75 meters). Because it was made in part with Kerto LVL wood that is both sustainable and green, the building is eco-friendly as well. While both the skeleton and the facade of the building are made of wood, the decks on the upper floors (apartments) utilize concrete to prevent swaying. The bottom 10 floors contain the majority of the Kerto LVL wood and are comprised of hotel facilities and offices. Because the wood is such high quality and lightweight, construction is faster and, in turn, uses less resources. Related: Peek inside the tallest cross-laminated timber building in the US Being a wood building, the Mjösa Tower was designed with fire safety in mind. In addition to a building-wide sprinkler system, each floor is built compartment-style with materials (such as Kerto LVL and glulam timber) with 90-minute fire resistance capability. According to Metsä Wood, when exposed to fire, the untreated, solid wood chars on the outside and provides its own fire-resistant surface. Kerto LVL wood is a laminated veneer lumber, made using thin rotary-peeled softwood glued together to form a continuous chunk of wood. It’s super strong, durable and doesn’t warp, making the wood ideal for adding substantial strength to floors and beams. Additionally, the Finnish company Metsä Wood produces the material using 100 percent bioenergy with little to no waste. The unusable segments of the wood left after the manufacturing process are either used for pulp production or for bioenergy to run the mill. Even better, there is a bio-heating plant next to the mill that’s used to power the wood production, and the remaining energy is used to help power the neighboring town of Lohja. The Metsä Wood company is certainly a large contributor to Finland’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2030. Mjösa Tower is a symbol of changing trends in the construction community. It proves that massive structures can be produced using sustainable materials without compromising quality. The building’s designers at Voll Arkitekter hope the the tower will inspire other architects to build using sustainable materials like wood. + Metsä Wood + Vol Arkitekter Images via Metsä Wood

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Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

March 3, 2015 by  
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Architecture firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has unveiled plans to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna. The 276ft, 24 story HoHo tower will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness center and offices, and 76 percent of the structure will be constructed from wood, which will save a phenomenal 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions over similar structures built out of steel and concrete. Read the rest of Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Austria , cement , CO2 emissions , concrete , Green Building , hoho , Rüdiger Lainer and Partner , steel-concrete , Sustainable Building , vienna , wood building , wooden building , wooden skyscraper

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Bates Masi Architects unveils their tiny day-lit Beach Hampton House

March 3, 2015 by  
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SilverWoodHouse is an organic remodel that reflects the surrounding seaside

March 2, 2015 by  
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Giant colorful lampshades transform Quebec City streets into cozy interior-like spaces

March 2, 2015 by  
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Green Car Reports: Why one analyst thinks Tesla is doomed, the 2016 Volvo XC90 hybrid, and the perils of breaking up with fossil fuels

March 2, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. What defines a “ green car ” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week,  Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles , conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week. Read the rest of Green Car Reports: Why one analyst thinks Tesla is doomed, the 2016 Volvo XC90 hybrid, and the perils of breaking up with fossil fuels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , electric vehicles , Green Automobiles , green car news , Green Car Reports , green cars , green transportation , green vehicles , hybrid cars

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Elegant Pirogovo Greenhouse Nurtures Organic Greens and Vegetables in Russia

October 22, 2012 by  
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