To meet the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2030, Trondheim Municipality is putting low-carbon wooden buildings at the centre of its climate strategy. The municipality has now built three schools in wood, the most recent of which is Lade School, serving 740 pupils. The project proves that using the power of public procurement can drive innovation in local building practices and supply chains, and for this project all but one of the seven bids were for a wooden construction. By involving 39 apprentices in the school’s construction, the next generation of builders in the region are gaining the knowledge and skills to work with wood from a young age.
Thanks to the wooden construction, the GHG emissions associated with Lade School’s building materials have been reduced by 39%. A further 15% reduction in GHG emissions comes from lower energy consumption, and the building meets a passive house standard. Using wood has helped the designers to create a warm and friendly learning environment with a healthy indoor climate for the school’s students, with original artwork carved into some of the wooden walls. In the early planning stages, end users contributed to the design of the building, and since completion the municipality is using the school as an example to share its expertise on low-cost and low-carbon construction throughout Norway.
Photo credits: Carl-Erik Eriksson.