Portland signs MOU with Swedish green building company

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Fagerdala-Portland MOU signing

While Mayor Sam Adams was in Stockholm last week, he signed a memorandum of understanding with a Swedish green building materials company, Fagerdala Hem AB, that will set Portland as the company's North American foothold for the testing, development and expansion for a new green home building system.

The agreement means the company and the city will work together on a plan for a Portland-based manufacturing facility that could employ up to 50 workers. The two will also work on Fagerdala's participation in a Green Innovation Park being planned by the City of Portland as a showcase and test-bed for green building technologies.

Fagerdala Hem is a factory built construction system that uses a foam-like, environmentally-friendly cement substitute that is five times lighter than traditional concrete and provides better energy efficiency.

The Swedish company tapped Portland architecture firm PATH Architecture to test the material for approval in the U.S. market and design homes that would incorporate the Fagerdala Hem system.

"It's a dream material for us," said Corey Martin, partner at PATH.

Preliminary testing is already underway in collaboration with Portland State University's College of Engineering.

Executives from Fagerdala, whose corporate claim to fame is the introduction of the Tempur-Pedic mattress line, were introduced to city officials by Martin and his partner Benjamin Kaiser on a visit to Portland this summer.

U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun hosted the signing of the agreement last week at a reception that was part of the European Green Capital Conference that Mayor Adams attended.

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