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Each year the popular international wood building conference in Garmisch Partenkirchen invites a guest country to present itself. At the conference in December this year, Norway and Trondheim has been given the opportunity to showcase its wood-building heritage, as well as its modern wood construction industry.

Norway’s predominant climate is rough and harsh and the countryside is mostly covered with mountains and forests. Its coastline, the longest in Europe, reaching all the way to the Barents Sea, is broken by fjords penetrating deep into the land surrounded by soaring mountains on both sides. From house building to boat construction, to the the simplest domestic objects, Norway boasts a long and sophisticated tradition in the use of timber. In many areas, the old traditions are still vigorous to the present day.

Wood construction is still the dominant building method for detached single-family housing and for buildings in rural areas. Through the development of a more sophisticated technology and better construction methods, wood is steadily gaining new terrain and high-rise wooden buildings will soon be a normality.

Timber constructions offer unparalleled benefits and advantages in an environmental and climate perspective. A product grown from earth, with the ability to reproduce itself, wood is the ultimate recycled material, binding and keeping CO2 out of the atmosphere.

The Norwegian government has an overall goal of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Defining wood as the building material of the future, the politicians want to enforce a redevelopment of the forestry and timber industry value-chains. These industries are today in a deep crisis and see great opportunities in the new attitudes shown towards the use of wood by the government.

The presentations on Friday 6th of December will focus on:

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