The C02 neutral workspce

Timber office buildings offer companies and organizations the positive way forward towards a sustainable future.

Wood works like a bank full of CO2. Trees absorb and bind CO2 as they grow, giving the wood as a building material a negative carbon footprint. During the life of the building, new forests can replace the wood used for construction, thereby absorbing

new CO2. In addition, wooden buildings have a positive impact on the construction process, the degree of recycling, the indoor climate and the working environment.

The construction industry accounts for approximately 40% of Denmark’s total C02 emissions, and the climate impact from building materials and the construction process represents a larger proportion than the operation. The primary cause is currently the use of concrete and steel.

If we could transform our construction industry into timber being the most widely used building material, it could create entirely new forests, new standards for working environments and new production companies.

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Reduction of C02. Today, wood represents at least 8% of the total building materials used. Every year, up to 200,000 m2 of commercial buildings is constructed in Denmark, with the conventional building materials being approx. 90% of the construction.

If we could transform our construction industry into timber being the most widely used building material, it could create entirely new forests, new standards for working environments and new production companies.

Through sustainable production of the building’s load-bearing elements, the construction contributes to a change to more climate-friendly measures. The elements are locally made from sustainable forestry wood and are quickly assembled at the construction site.

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Thinking of the building in a physical and social context contributes to social sustainability and stimulation of the local area. Some features may be available and used by other target groups outside of normal business hours. Green spaces increase the local value for the benefit of both the corporation and the local community.

An investigation into a circular shaped building led to a glassfacade, that changes character when it absorbes different light conditions over time.

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