The green city

The countryside is moving into the city. A slight exaggeration maybe, but it is a fact that green walls and roofs are becoming increasingly common in the urban environment.

A roof covering of moss, sedum, herbs or grass not only makes a colourful addition to the concrete jungle, it also has a positive environmental impact.

As well as the plants absorbing rainwater that evaporates back into the atmosphere, green roofs also dampen the sound level, save energy, reduce the temperature and have air purifying properties. It is a fact that a 10 m2 roof surface of dry vegetation absorbs as much carbon dioxide as a tree.

And let’s not forget biodiversity. Green roofs attract bumblebees, butterflies and other valuable insects, not least bees that play a crucial role as pollinators for agriculture, gardens and flower meadows. Bituminous membranes are used in order to protect the construction from water and roots growing through the material.

Projects

Sokndal, Norway

The recently opened Motorcenter Norway offers everything from go-carting to drag racing. Nynas was involved in the project by supplying Nypol HF 105, a polymer-modified bitumen ideal for pavements that are subjected to high stresses.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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