OSLO, Norway — The greenest airport terminal in the world opened at the Oslo airport in Norway on April 28. The new terminal not only just doubled the size of the existing terminal building through the expansion, it is also setting new airport standards in sustainability for the world at large.
The 377,296-square-foot expansion was designed by Nordic Office of Architecture in Oslo, and doubled the size of the terminal by adding a new almost 1,000-foot-long pier. The firm’s design increased the airport capacity from 19 million to an anticipated future capacity of 30 million. The firm also updated the existing train station in the terminal, which is located at the center of the airport, which enables 70 percent of all passengers to access the airport by public transport. The new terminal has been awarded an ‘excellent’ sustainability rating from BREEAM, the first of its kind for an airport building.
One feature that earned the new terminal its high rating from BREEAM includes the use of snow as a coolant for the building. Snow from the runways will be collected and stored during wintertime in an onsite depot to be used as coolant during the summer. Natural materials were used throughout the building during construction, including recycled steel and environmentally-friendly concrete mixed with volcanic ash. Additionally, the new pier is made from timber sourced from Scandinavian forests. As such, the building’s CO2 emissions were reduced by 35 percent through the use of these environmentally-friendly building materials.
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