As a bright-eyed university graduate, I moved to Sweden for an internship in the southern city of Växjö, the “Greenest City in Europe”. There, I worked for the city of Växjö and Linnéuniversitet on their wood building initiatives with local and international partners. What I learned is that large stadiums, libraries, university campus centers, and even entire apartment complexes can be built using modern techniques and large-scale wooden structures. Not only is it a sustainable way to build, but the results are amazing. This week, we’ll learn more about Växjö’s commitment to building greener and its lesser-known title: “Europe’s first modern wooden city (the first modern wooden city in Europe) ”.
Wood construction in Europe
Old wooden buildings are everywhere in Europe. But integrating the modern wooden construction (wooden construction) in the infrastructure of a city is still a growing idea. When I was doing an internship in Växjö, I learned that German, Dutch and Danish cities are excelling in this way of build in a new way (build in a new way) combining sustainability with modern architecture.
To avoid fires, European cities had limits on building with wood. Therefore, the construction of homes, apartment buildings, and civic centers was dominated by steel, concrete, and other building materials in the 20th century. In the 1990s, the EU began to promote research and development in sustainable construction, sparking new inventions and techniques in wood construction. It was in 1995, when Sweden joined the EU, that they were officially allowed to start building apartment building (multi-story buildings) with wooden construction.
Modern Wood Construction – Modern Wood Construction
Industry professionals use the term modern wooden construction (modern wood construction) to separate new techniques and best practices from traditional wood frame construction. International research and collaboration have produced new construction technology and construction processes (construction techniques and construction processes) to enable industrial wood construction – this has been the game changer.
The results? Faster and optimized construction processes from start to finish. Modern programming tools and software enable architects to innovate in design and builders to assemble entire buildings faster than ever before. Laminated wood (laminated wood) and finished Facades (pre-assembled), walls and flooring systems are manufactured to be placed on site. And probably the best thing about building with wood? Follow store carbon dioxide (storing and processing carbon dioxide) long after it becomes a building material.
Växjö, a small town with a big agenda
The greenest city in Europe – The greenest city in Europe
In 2007, the BBC named Växjö the “greenest city in Europe” (The greenest city in Europe). Since then, this has become the motto of the city and it is fair to say that they are living up to their name. I put Växjö in my 5 tips for debating sustainability in Swedish post, but as a reminder, Växjö was the first city in the world to declare a goal of getting rid of fossil fuels by 2030. Växjö’s 60,000 residents get their energy through centralized heating and cooling, burning by-products of the forestry industry local. to represent 90% of the energy produced. Not bad, huh?
Europe’s first modern wooden city – Europe’s first modern wooden city
Växjö is located in the center of Småland, surrounded by vast forests and sparkling lakes. Convenient if you’re trying to become a global wood-building wonder, but it was the city’s commitment to sustainability that laid the groundwork for the wood-building boom. Together with collaborators such as Linnéuniversitet and cooperativa forestry South, Växjö has invested in wooden house (wooden buildings) to drive development throughout the city.
During my internship, I spent a lot of time welcoming international delegations to Växjö who were considering investing in sustainable development in their own cities and wanted to see it first hand. A typical study visits (study visit) brought us to Limnologen, four 8-storey house (8-story buildings) apartment buildings, the impressive campus buildings House N and Hus M at Linnéuniversitet, and also Sand city (city stadium), a part of the city with a complex of several buildings, and the most amazing laminated wood arches (laminated wood arches) that you have seen. For the images, look at this brochure published in Swedish and English by the city of Växjö.
Entering a building made almost entirely of wood is a special feeling. It’s critical, and for me, it always reinforces the feeling that even in our modern society it’s clear that people and trees are meant to spend time together.