First Workgroup meeting – Trondheim, Norway

Norwegian partners NTNU and SINTEF hosted the first meeting of TallFacades

From September the 22. – 24. of 2014 the first collaborative working meeting took place in Trondheim.

The first day was filled with excursion to ongoing and yet finished large scale timber construction projects in and around Trondheim.

The group has visited the Åsveien school and resource center with Åsveienhallen under construction. The school is a three storey complex with classrooms, sports hall, auditorium and  supporting facilities. Not only the structure is of timber but also the envelope and the cladding are made out of wood. Another very interesting and impressive project was the NINA (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research) building at the Gløshaugen campus of NTNU. The six storey building was the result of an architectural competition. Not only the envelope but also its structure with the roughly 9000 square meters of floor area is built from cross-laminated wooden panels. The group could also have a look at the construction site of “Living Lab”, the new test building and small scale office building of the  Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) iniative and research project. Living Lab is a multipurpose experimental facility built by Zero Emission Buildings, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts, NTNU. The day was closed with a tour through the testing facilities of TallFacades partner SINTEF.

The second day was reserved for the presentation of the work packages and collaborative work. The main part of this day was reserved for the risk screening workshop of all partners. More about the results from the risk screening will be available when all material is reworked for publication.

The third day was for presentation of ongoing exemplary construction projects and the discussion of next steps in the project. The meeting was closed with a summary and the decision of the forthcoming meeting. This will take place at FCBA premises in Bordeaux, France, in February 2015.