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Sara Kulturhaus

This twenty-storey timber building in northern Sweden will be carbon negative within 50 years, setting a new standard for sustainable construction.

The Sara Kulturhaus in Skellefteå, northern Sweden is one of the world's tallest wooden buildings, and will be carbon negative within 50 years, setting a new benchmark for sustainable construction.

Constructed in wood sourced from the surrounding forests and processed at local sawmills, its timber structure sequesters more than twice the carbon emissions that were involved in its construction. It is powered by renewable energy from solar panels and a nearby river, which compensate for the building’s CO2 emissions.

The cultural centre has several theatre stages, two art galleries, a town library, hotel and conference centre, and as well as attracting plaudits for its innovative design and community engagement, the Sara Kulturhaus has helped workers and investment to Skellefteå, which is developing a reputation as a hub for eco-innovation.

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