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Norway to build world’s tallest timber building

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It has been revealed that Norway are to construct the world’s tallest timber building at a staggering 80 metres tall. The building will stand 30 metres higher than what is considered the world’s tallest timber building today.

Mjøstårnet, named after its neighbour and Norway’s largest lake Mjøsa will take shape in the small town of Brumunddal which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Oslo. Mjøstårnet will span over 18 floors and house apartments, offices, an indoor swimming pool, a hotel and restaurant.

The record-breaking construction will set new standards for the future of timber construction. Investor and contracting client, Arthur Buchardt said:

“The building is the closest we have come to a skyscraper built from timber”

Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2018. The Scandinavian industrial group, Moelven will supply the timber from local spruce forests required to construct the tower and swimming pool area.

Buchardt continued:

“The assembly and construction of the Mjøstårnet is nothing short of world-class engineering, and will be managed without external scaffolding, despite the complexity of working at heights. We are primarily using cranes and supplementing with lifts as needed. We have reached 33 metres to date, meaning we have 48 metres to go.

A project group established by Norwegian road authorities investigated the possibility of building the world’s longest timber bridge across Lake Mjøsa. Their studies show that building with wood instead of concrete can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent.”

Buchardt believes that the construction sector will evolve in the footsteps of the automotive industry.

“In 15 years’ time I believe it will be illegal to produce and sell cars that run on fossil fuels. Similarly, I expect that climate-friendly materials will become an international statutory standard” said Buchardt.

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