The renovated airport in Oslo has become the worldâ€™s first airport to receive a BREEAM â€śexcellentâ€ť rating for sustainability, due to its innovative use of snow as coolant. BREEAM is touted as the worldâ€™s first sustainability assessment method for buildings and other infrastructure.
Designed by Oslo-based firm NordicÂ â€” Office of Architecture, the airport was expanded to 115,000 square meters, and features the addition of a new, 300-meter-long pier. The redesign will help the airport accommodate up to 30 million passengers, a significant improvement from its previous capacity of 19 million. In spite of its larger size, the average walking distance from one point to another within the airport is only 450 meters.
However, the most interesting design element is its use of snow, which will be harvested from the runways during the winter season. By nixing air conditioners, the airportâ€™s carbon emissions are reduced by 35 percent.
For more information, visit Oslo Airport.