The whole Verksbyen area in Norway presents the future of sustainable living – and Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) is part of the story. Prefabricated elements incorporating LVL are used in the construction of a block of ecological apartment buildings.
Fredrikstad’s new green neighbourhood, Verksbyen, will become home for 5,000 people within the next 10 years. It aims to be Norway’s most innovative housing project. In the long run, the developer, Arca Nova Bolig, has ambitious plans to change the housing market in the same way as Tesla has transformed the car industry. It is a lot said, but they strongly believe in growing demand for sustainable building, which is the backbone of Arca Nova’s Future Living concept.
“We have managed to reduce CO2 emissions in a variety of ways. The houses are built with timber elements according to the passive house standard, and electricity is produced with solar energy and heating with solar thermal energy. Smart house technology with voice control adds an extra touch to all of this. As a result, the inhabitants will not only live sustainably, but enjoy reduced living costs too,” says Ruben D. Hansen, CEO of Arca Nova Bolig, part of the Arca Nova Group.