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Jon Hansen, Minister Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin
Jon Hansen, Minister Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin

Norway is the partner country of bautec 2020

Berlin, 19 February 2020

Norway is the first partner country of bautec. At the opening of the trade fair Jon Hansen, Minister Counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, thanked the German construction industry and noted that ”Europe’s construction industry is booming. It is an important part of and vital to economic growth, and one of Europe’s biggest employers. The construction boom also brings challenges with it, as it goes hand in hand with materials causing high carbon emissions. “The buildings of the future must be constructed using less energy”, he said. Hansen emphasised that Norway was a pioneer in this respect and quoted Oslo’s new public library (Deichmanske bibliothek) as an example. This building boasts innovative features such as seawater cooling and the use of recycled, low-carbon materials. ”Norway’s architects are responsible not only for stylistically unique objects, but for sustainable designs, using renewable materials such as wood for example,“ he said, noting that the world’s tallest wooden high-rise building was in Norway. It was the country’s aim for every building site to become fossil-fuel free and produce zero emissions by 2025 and to focus on digital solutions in construction planning, he added. Visitors can gain an impression of products by Norwegian firms at the pavilion of Norway in Hall 4.2 where, among others, wood construction companies are exhibiting their products and services.