Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture

About

SUSTAINORDIC – Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture – functions as a change agent that aims to challenge the existing Nordic construction and architectural industry. We also aim to identify barriers and opportunities for concrete implementation and debate the next practices for a sustainable approach to material use and for sustainable alternatives to traditional construction materials.

Through interdisciplinary collaboration and a broad knowledge platform, the goal of this work package is to strengthen and increase Nordic bio-based and circular construction by focusing on barriers that prevent us from transitioning to sustainable and circular practices in architecture and construction.

The work package also aims to identify opportunities for catalysing the necessary change towards optimal use of the existing building mass by introducing minimal virgin material. Lastly, the work package also looks into structural barriers that complicate the use of sustainable and bio-based alternatives to current construction materials.

Integration of sustainable building materials in the Nordic region

In this work package, we are mapping out best practices and identifying levers and barriers for adopting circular and bio-based construction processes and materials in architecture. This way, we will enable further integration of sustainable building materials and innovation in the Nordic region.

Progress

Nordic democracy festivals and events

The SUSTAINORDIC project has hosted knowledge gathering and stakeholder/citizen outreach events at the Nordic Democracy Festivals including The New European Bauhaus Festival over the summer of 2022. During the autumn, SUSTAINORDIC took part in the Arctic Circle in Reykjavík and COP27 in Egypt.

The purpose was to identify the barriers and levers in the Nordic region that can spark cultural change and drive the necessary shift towards sustainable and circular construction, which will form the carbon-neutral welfare society of the future. 

Through eight events, SUSTAINORDIC has engaged some 220 citizens and stakeholders including architects, urban designers, decision makers, influencers, and game changers to discuss perspectives and share experience on the subject.

The outcome of these interactions was eight focus areas for SUSTAINORDIC’s work going forward.

All the generated knowledge from participation in democracy festivals as well as in the transformation panel will feed into The Nordic Vision 2030.

Transformation panel

SUSTAINORDIC has established a Transformation panel that represents the industry, academia and civil servants in order to test and anchor the findings of the work package.

The purpose of the Transformation Panel is furthermore to ensure market insights and access to state of the art research in SUSTAINORDIC’s work and to ensure that SUSTAINORDIC’s work obtains the highest possible influence.  

Upcoming activities

  • Network events for actors within the field of sustainable construction materials and architecture
  • Facilitating the Nordic representation at UIA World Congress of Architects, Copenhagen 2023
  • Policy workshop
  • Participation at WCA
  • Dissemination of identified results regarding Nordic sustainable construction materials and architecture

Work package responsible

The work package responsible for Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture is Form / Design Center based in Malmö, Sweden.

Form/Design Center is represented by Angelica Åkerman, Manager strategic development within architecture and Dorte Bo Bojesen, Managing director, leading the project along side with Pernille Martiny Modvig, Designer and producer at Climate KIC. Associated Partners are Mads Randbøll Wolff, CEO and founder of BÆREDYGTIGHED 2030 and Nikolaj Sveistrup, CEO and founder of URBAN AGENDA.