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The title of the world’s tallest wooden building takes over Mjösa Tower

19.03.2019. The Mjösa Tower, 18-floor building, located in Brumunddal Norway, reaches a height of 85.4 meters, was officially opened on March 15 and took over the title of the world’s tallest wooden building. By project architect, Øystein Elgsaas, the Mjösa Tower symbolizes environmentally friendly thinking in construction and offers proof that tall buildings can be […]

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Wood as one of the architectural solutions for Rail Baltica

05.11.2018. Rail Baltica station at the international airport “Rīga” has prepared three variants of the architectonic solution, that are based on different concepts. The first – compactness and sunlight, incorporating natural elements, where main facade elements are wood and metal. The second – close connection with the nature, the Baltic Sea surrounded by trees, respecting the […]

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Latvian State Forests office – environmentally friendly building

24.07.2018. Latvian State Forests (LVM) office in Dundaga is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly in Europe. The Centre has been included in the prestigious report as one of the twenty best examples of energy-efficient, well-considered architectural solutions that combine modern design, the use of natural materials, low energy consumption, while providing a comfortable […]

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Wood – sustainable by nature, innovative by design

04.07.2018. What do you associate with the word “tree”? Most likely, with forests, nature, coziness, peace of mind. Of course, because wood is alive. Wood is the oldest raw material for making various things, but during the long development of mankind, it has not lost its popularity. Wood is still one of the most widely […]

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World’s first wooden stadium

19.06.2018. English football club Forest green rovers is building World’s first wooden stadium.As for Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) design, the structure will be first all-timber stadium in the world. Wood is not only occurring but offers a durable and sustainable alternative to concrete or steel. Forest Green chairman Dale Vince says the new ground will […]

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Sustainable Development Goals

23.05.2018. United Nations’ developed Sustainable Development Goals probably are the world’s best plan for the building a better planet with happy and healthy people. This  animation shows what the world could look like if we achieve some the Global Goals by 2030. Sourse:

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W-350 will be world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

25.04.2018. In 2041 the most ambitious 350-metre wooden skyscraper proposed for Tokyo, Japan. Named W-350, skyscraper would be almost four times higher than the world’s current tallest timber building – the 18-storey Brock Commons Student Residence in Vancouver, Canada and would also become Japan’s tallest building. “The aim is to create an environmentally-friendly and timber-utilising […]

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Healthy Wood Buildings

16.04.2018. Researches shown that the natural environment positively impacts human both physical and psychological. Same benefits are attributed to wood. Wood can reduce stress level, improve attention and focus, increase creativity, to make recovery quicker and also reduce pain perception. Wood’s association with positive environmental and human health impacts makes it an economical and advantageous […]

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Intelligent people realise the wood is the best building material

23.03.2018. A very nice and informative two minutes cartoon about the benefits of building with wood. Wood bridges, arenas, houses, kindergartens and even skyscrapers, about which Nordic Homes has told several times in previous blog stories. Just a few simple, but meaningful thoughts about wood and building with wood: Wood is the world’s strongest building material…relative […]

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Wooden skyscrapers are future of the cities

20.02.2018. Journalists of The Economist have interviewed several innovators and crated a very interesting and learning video about possibilities to build wooden skyscrapers, instead of using steel or concrete structures. A lot of samples are already built to show the real value and advantages of new thinking: overcrowding in cities, the issue of absorbing carbon […]

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“Dynamic” hotel for Pyeongchang Olympics

07.02.2018. The biggest sport event of this year is coming – Pyeongchang Olympic Games will start in just few days. And more often society is discussing about the reuse of the Olympic village and its infrastructure – its sustainability and effectiveness after the biggest winter festival ends. This also affects the environmental issues. Therefore we are […]

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Construction in winter? Yes, if it’s modular

23.01.2018. Winter weather this year has affected construction flow and schedules in many regions around the world. “Work vehicles get stuck in the snow, batteries are drained dead in equipment, and materials often have a negative reaction to sub-zero temperatures.” These delays leaves the negative influence of the potential project return on investments (IRR). The quality […]

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The new generation chooses to build with wood

All around the world experts are talking about new age of construction which is building with wood. “Innovative wood products such as cross-laminated timber and glulam, along with evolving building codes, are enabling architects, designers and engineers to construct wood buildings that meet the needs of both owners and occupants. The efficiency of these building materials, […]

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Five green building strategies

09.01.2018. Thinking “green” is one of the most popular trends in nowadays. And this is not surprising, since the largest countries are trying to solve climate changes and carbon dioxide emissions issues, as well as eco food production and building constructions in environment safe way. Sustainability is on the same importance line. So the developers, architects, and other […]

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The green light for building world’s highest modular building

12.12.2017. Two twin towers – 44 and 38-storey high to be built in the United Kingdom by using steel frame modules. Those will be the highest modular building in the world by offering 546 rental flats.  Currently the highest modular tower is in New York, which is 32-storey high.  Christy Hayes, chief executive of Tide […]

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“Cloud forests” in the middle of Singapore

06.12.2017.  700 trees in the middle of the financial disctrict of Signapure? Just a little of inspire and crazy from the first sightview ideas come true.  From the outside all four blocks look like quite ordinary city scyscrappers with simple geometric forms. The magic starts from the inside, where curved timber terraces are built. “While the […]

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Norway builds the highest wooden skyscrapper

18.10.2017.  In April 2017 the construction of new holder of world’s highest wooden building trophey started in Norway, Brumunddal. “The new wooden ‘skyscraper’, becoming a unique hotel, will open December next year for check-ins and will reach a height of around 81 meters, 18 floors,  a space of 8,000 square meters and a price tag of […]

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Nordic Homes module production “from A to Z”

16.10.2017.  Module production is exciting. And timber farme modules even more. In order to see how it works, please see the video.  This is the first project of 23 townhouses in Rydeback, Sweden. Here are some key facts: 23 two-storey townhouses 92 modules Production time: 63 days Transport logistics: 34 days Site works: 143 days

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Wooden vs concrete – fire test to beat stereotypes

04.09.2017.  In July 2017 the experiment of burning two same size houses was made in Rauna, Latvia. One house was made of wood, with wooden beams and wooden windows, the other – from ceramic blocks, with metal beams and plastic windows. In order to make experiment results indisputable, both houses were equally arranged, and both […]

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Building with wood

01.09.2017.  Wood as a main construction materials is quite commonly used throughout the worlds and is nothing new. On the way of developing the new technologies and knowledges, wood has expanded its importance. Furthermore it has been used for multi-unit buildings even more in last several years. The great exapmples of wooden skyscrapers are in Vancouver, […]

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World’s tallest wooden building

18.08.2017.  Since CLT or Cross Laminated Timber technology came into the market by showing its amazing building performance, several multi-unit buildings have been built around the world. One of the most spectacular example is the Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, which has been topped off, making it the world’s tallest […]

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Earthquake shake tests wooden structures

19.07.2017. Another interesting experiment was made in July this year. A two-story wooden structure endured four (!) different earthquake simulations on the world’s largest outdoor shake table in San Diego, USA. New tests are coming.

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Europe to be leading the timber construction movement

27.06.2017.  According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) study, Europe will be home for tallest timber buildings in the world. “The report found that 21 timber buildings with a height of over 50 metres are set to be completed by 2019.” Those will be France, Austria and Norway.  The study assessed height, […]

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Michael Green- why we should build wooden skyscrappers?

08.05.2017.  Great TED presentation with Michael Green, who discovers his experience with wooden buildings. Here is one of his insights: “Every time people go into my buildings that are wood, I notice they react completely differently. I’ve never seen anybody walk into one of my buildings and hug a steel or a concrete column, but […]

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