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Norway is the first partner country of bautec | hall 4.2

Norway is setting the pace in terms of climate protection and the digitalisation of construction. This is borne out by aspects such as zero-emissions construction sites and the world’s tallest timber building: As the first partner country of bautec Norway is in a position to provide the German construction industry with the impetus for a future that is successful both economically as well as an ecologically.

Three topics – an infinite number of possibilities

Norway is the European leader in the use of BIM (building information modelling). Since 2016 four major building clients in the public sector have required everyone involved in construction projects to operate with the open BIM standard. As a result this interconnected methodology has become an established means of boosting productivity on construction sites.

Sustainable and intelligent building is another key issue in Norway, where the intention is to achieve zero emissions on all the country’s construction sites by 2025. However, from an ecological perspective the entire value added chain must become more environmentally friendly too, and this is where building materials have a decisive part to play.

From an ecological viewpoint timber is virtually unbeatable as a construction material – and Norway has the raw materials and the expertise to produce timber buildings in a completely new dimension. As an example, in April 2019 the world’s tallest timber building, with a height of 85.4 metres, was completed in Brumunddal.

“Whether it is the opera house in Oslo, an underwater restaurant or the tallest timber building in the world, Norway is constantly attracting attention with its spectacular buildings. We are using bautec 2020 to show that buildings can also help in achieving climate objectives, because we in Norway can not only build in an attractive way but also sustainably, for example using timber as a renewable raw material, and with emissions-free construction sites. As the first partner country at this trade show in Berlin we are delighted to have an opportunity to show how these important objectives can be attained.”

Petter Ølberg, the Norwegian ambassador to Berlin

“In the field of e-mobility Norway has already shown that it is an outstanding pilot market for innovative solutions. Now the construction industry is following suit. Norway is very much at the forefront in Europe in areas such as BIM (building information modelling) and the digitalisation of construction sites. It should also be mentioned that very exacting requirements apply in Norway to ensuring that construction sites are emissions-free. All these factors make the country and its companies of the greatest interest as business partners for the construction sites of the future.”

Manuel Kliese, general manager D-A-CH for the Norwegian economic promotion agency Innovation Norway

“Norway’s status as the partner country at bautec is a unique opportunity for Norwegian construction companies to introduce themselves to industry representatives at an important international trade fair. With its focus on digitalisation and energy efficiency, this fair is particularly relevant for Norwegian participants and for the developments that we are currently seeing in the construction sector in Norway.”

Michael Kern, general manager of the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce