A public school in Norway has become the first school to be awarded the Nordic Swan Eco-label.

The new building, which is situated on the outskirts of Oslo, passed the stringent environmental standards exceeding those that are required of public buildings by local authorities.

The Sydskogen building has an energy requirement that is 25% lower than conventional buildings and features extensive roof solar paneling.

To secure the Swan eco-label, buildings require all timber used in construction to be sustainably produced, and adhere to other environmental standards.

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The school, which will be home to 400 pupils and teachers, is the brainchild of architectural practice, tegn_3 who worked with contractors Bermingrud to develop the building.

It received the full backing of Røyken local authority, who were committed to realising the vision for the environmentally friendly building in order to ensure the school could fulfill its potential.

Lead project architect of tegn_3, commented: “We are delighted to have helped achieve the Swan Eco-Label for this exceptional school in Røyken.

"It is a really special space, and it would not have been possible without the support of the local council and the use of innovative materials like Kebony. We are confident that the children will thrive in a building allied with nature.”

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Mette Valen, sales manager Norway at Kebony added: “Kebony is delighted to have contributed to this beautiful school in Oslo.

"It’s fantastic to hear that the school is the first Swan eco-labelled school in Norway – we are all really proud of this and would love to revisit this project as the wood adopts its silver-grey patina.”