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Extensive Nordic pavilion at the Green Build expo - Toronto Canada 4-6 October 2011

  • Publisert 14.10.2011
There was quite a bit of interest for the Nordic pavilion at the Green Build expo, at Toronto Canada 4-6 October 2011. The expo was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that holds over 600.000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space.

The Green Build conference and exposition is dedicated to green building and facilitates the meeting of over 200.000 attendees and about 1.000 exhibitors from the green building industry. 


Important venue

This certainly is a very important venue to do business, make connections and share and gain knowledge about what’s happening in the vast world of sustainable building.


Nordic Pavilion

The Nordic pavilion itself showcased a wide range of sustainable projects, concepts and products related to the green building sector.  Nordic Innovation was represented with its new funding programme Nordic Built.


The Nordic Built programme aims to demonstrate how the Nordic building sector is a leading force within sustainable building and solutions to meet the challenge of future building in a global perspective.

Presentations and programs

Nordic Built board member, Ole Gustavsen (partner at Snøhetta), presented the iconic King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture project. Located in eastern Saudi Arabia this project adheres to rigorous environmental standards, employing hydrocarbon-based products and expending as few natural resources as possible. You may read more about this project on Snøhetta’s webpages:


Among the many interesting Nordic projects one could mention the visionary and holistic approach of the Bright Green Island of Bornholm. Bornholm was an island in decline until they took a bold step envisioning Bornholm as an attractive green island based on 100% sustainable, renewable energy – an island community which is environmentally and ethically responsible in all its actions. All this by 2014. Read more on Bright Green Island’s home pages.


In Umeå, Sweden, the Network for Sustainable Construction and Real Estate Management in Cold Climates was established in 2008. Connecting around 60 companies from all fields in the construction industry, the network aims to create sustainable business opportunities in the region. The network also makes technical evaluations (“technical visits”) and educational seminars. The ambition is to make the region of Umeå a world leader in the field of sustainable construction and real estate management in cold climates by 2020. Homepage.


Looking forward to Green Build 2012

There were in fact many more exciting projects, programs and products presented at the Nordic pavilion and it seems clear that everyone was inspired to make an even stronger presence at next year’s Green Build expo, which is set to be held in San Francisco.

Nordic Pavilion at Green Build, Toronto

Ole Gustavsen
Ole Gustavsen of Snøhetta presenting the King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture