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Estonia all set to encourage timber construction

 Thursday, December 21, 2023

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Estonia all set to encourage timber construction

Estonia is moving towards a greener future with fresh initiatives that encourages the use of timber over any other raw materials for construction. It plans to built its largest “wooden building” next month. Known as Environmental House, the €54.4 million net-zero project was designed by local architecture firm Kavakava and will consolidate several Estonian government agencies under one roof.

The Estonian government is largely encouraging the use of timber in building and construction. This particular project is an important part of this initiative taken to encourage the construction of public building with the use of timber.

According to Pärtel-Peeter Pere, the project is essential as the former Soviet country is increasingly pivoting to German and Danish customers and away from Russia.

Mr Pere is the government’s deputy whip and editor-in-chief of ‘Ehitus teekart’, a 2040 urban plan for the country said, “With the best will in the world, no one orders Estonian products just like that; we have to prove ourselves. The environmental house (Pere refers to it as a Loodusmaja, a nature house) provides this opportunity.”

With the aim to seek greater alignment with the west and as the result of the war in Ukraine, the country now plans to embrace the use of renewable energy. Estonia began to move towards green economy after introducing a new climate law. It will join an increasing number of EU countries that have made firm climate commitments, with the implementation of the of climate law in 2025.

‘Environmental House’ will house the Estonian Museum of Natural History, the Environmental Board, the Environmental Agency, and the Centre for Environmental Investment after it is completely construction.

Emphasising on the importance and value of the project mnister for Climate Kristen Michal said, “today is a challenging time in construction and timber across the region – providing work and a strong example for Estonian champions in the growing market for climate-friendly construction.”

The building will be built in Tallinn’s Lennusadama neighbourhood at Vesilennuki 12, totaling 24,660 square meters, and will include a massive green courtyard that doubles as exhibition space for the museum. The museum will have enough space to showcase the exhibits while enhancing the experience of the visitors.

Source: woodcentral.com

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