New digital platform equips Nordic Municipalities with knowledge and skills to build low-carbon, healthy and liveable towns and cities from wood.
This week marks the launch of NoMuWood.com, a digital platform to inspire and inform Nordic Municipalities about the possibilities and processes of wood construction.
NoMu Wood gives Nordic Municipalities interested in building more with wood everything they need to get started, gathering resources and information from around the Nordics to guide municipalities through the process of building in wood, from the idea and tender stage, to the end of life. The platform also includes a case library with numerous and varied examples of wooden buildings from around the region.
With life cycle analysis (LCA) playing an increasing role in assessing the carbon impact of different construction materials, the platform is also home to an LCA e-learning tool, which through 7 online training modules gives municipal actors the skills and knowledge they need to work with LCA through the tendering, design and operation phases, and how wood buildings perform under these analyses.
As part of the project, several LCA case studies were compiled showing full LCA calculations on existing buildings built by Nordic Municipalities, such as Erlev School in Denmark, demonstrating where different materials can have the most impact on lifetime emissions of a building.
The Role of Municipalities
With an abundance of sustainably sourced timber, infamous architectural prowess, and some of the world’s most ambitious climate targets, the Nordics are perfectly positioned to play a central role in the coming low-carbon revolution in construction: wood.
Municipalities have huge power through public procurement, to drive local supply chains towards timber construction, support local bioeconomies, and cut carbon emissions in the construction sector, all while creating beautiful and healthy places to live for their citizens. NoMu Wood aims to provide the resources to enable municipalities to make that transition.
- Anders Vestergaard Jensen, Project Manager of the Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat at EIT Climate-KIC said:
“We are proud to present NoMu Wood, and hope that it can be the catalyst for change amongst municipalities, giving them a great grounding in wood construction and LCA knowledge, and equipping more Nordic municipalities to lead the charge in the low-carbon construction revolution.”
- Britt-Inger Brisádottir, Development Strategist for Sustainable Construction at Skellefteå Municipality said:
“In Skellefteå, the construction industry – driven by our municipal wood construction strategy – is realising the vision of using wood to build a sustainable future for our residents. As more and more municipalities set out on that journey, we are delighted to share our experiences through NoMu Wood, a platform that comes at a critical time for the green transition in Nordic construction.”
- Pasi Aalto, Centre Director of NTNU Wood at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology said:
"As Life Cycle Analysis is rightly adopted more widely in industry and society, it poses challenges in bringing people up to speed with the basic concepts to be able to document and ultimately reduce the impacts of our buildings.
This is why it is essential that we develop new and efficient e-learning tools like the NoMu Wood LCA tool. Learn whenever you like, without cost and at your own pace, accessible anywhere in the world and enough to get you up to speed - this is an approach I firmly believe in and I hope everyone gives it a try."
The Team behind NoMu Wood
NoMu Wood has been developed by the Danish Technological Institute and WeThink Nordic, and is part of the Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat’s portfolio of work. The LCA e-learning tools and case studies have been developed by Arkitema and COWI.
The Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat is an initiative commissioned by the Swedish Government and the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. Hosted by EIT Climate-KIC Nordic and supported by a pan-Nordic advisory board. The primary aim is to support further development of the use of wood in construction in Nordic countries, contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Local Communities) and SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
Nic Craig – Co-project Manager – Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat
Photos, Logos and Translation
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