Lade School



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.




As the local supply chains become more adept at using wood, financial savings are starting to be realised, aided by shorted construction times, meaning that by building in wood, Lade School saved an estimated 4.8 million NOK.



The masterpiece of the building is a 7.5 ton solid wooden spiral staircase, an architect’s dream that was thought to be impossible was turned into reality by a small local company with the support of Innovation Norway.

Social and local

Social and Local

The construction site was used to train 39 apprentices, and the building has been flexibly designed to be used by the community outside of school hours, increasing the social and economic value of the building.

City of Trondheim
Eggen Arkitekter
WSP Engineering
Betonmast Hæhre Trøndelag
Building System
Glued laminated timber

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