by Leah Lauderdale
Marketing Specialist


An article from caught the Marketing Team’s eyes yesterday.

Oslo Gardermoen Airport’s newest expansion is the first of its kind to receive a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sustainability rating. The expansion consisted of a daunting 1.2 million square feet, boasting Giant glulam beams made of oak wood collected in the Scandinavian forests.

The best part? This amazing structure is completely self-sustaining.

“BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use. Globally there are more than 561,200 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,263,000 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.”


Nordic Office of Architecture handled the original remodel in 1998. Nordic’s latest innovative design reduced the carbon footprint of the building by 35% and cut down energy consumption by 50%. The building design features an on-site snow repository under the building to store snow during the winter months which can later be used as coolant in the summer.

The future of design and building is here and now. With green construction and Virtual Reality in the design space, not only can you make a building self-sustaining, you can take that green mentality all the way through the design phase.

Combining Autodesk clash detection software and Virtual Reality walk thru’s into your workflows before construction ever starts will make a huge impact on your time and money savings. How are you using the AEC Collection to move projects through the complete BIM life cycle and to save time and money? Send your comments, thoughts or best practices to the Marketing Team – we’d love to feature your success story in a future post.