In Denmark, we use 4 times as many resources as what our planet can carry, which means, according to Earth Overshoot Day, that we in Denmark had depleted our share of the Earth’s resources for 2022 already on March 28 this year. This emphasizes the importance of reducing our climate footprint.
The construction sector alone is responsible for approximately 38% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore, the potential of lowering the greenhouse gas emissions from construction is great. The Danish construction industry has for decades built up a solid practice, which now faces a greater challenge in rethinking the way in which construction takes place. Circular and new materials and initiatives are starting to emerge in the industry, and these initiatives should set an example and inspire the players of the industry.
On behalf of Realdania and the VILLUM FONDEN’s initiative Boligbyggeri fra 4 til 1 planet (Housing construction from 4 to 1 planet), BUILD collects and analyzes examples of “best practice cases” within housing concerning impacts on climate change. The purpose is to analyze the best examples of sustainable housing construction that can inspire future constructions to become more sustainable.
“Best practice cases” are in this context defined as building cases with low impact on climate change, which have implemented materials or other measures that have a positive impact on the building's impact on climate change. Analyzes of these cases should identify where the industry stands today in terms of impacts on climate change as well as the possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level that is within the planetary boundary for climate change.
The industry is therefore invited to contribute with the most ambitious cases in terms of reducing impacts on climate change, and cases that have the potential of approaching absolute sustainability within the planetary boundary for climate change. This is a great profiling opportunity for builders as the collected buildings will be part of a case collection with the least climate-damaging housing constructions of 2022. The project includes housing constructions, and it is, therefore, possible to contribute with Danish or international projects within multi-family houses, terraced houses, and detached houses. The buildings' impacts on climate change will be analyzed using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and focus will be placed on both operation, materials, and the size of the building.
Details concerning project registration can be found in the attached document.
Join our online information meeting on June 15 from 13.00-14.00. Read more here https://kursus.build.dk/123
The deadline for registration is July 1st, 2022.
The objective of the initiative Housing construction from 4 to 1 planet is to reduce the footprint of newly built housing constructions to a level that the planet can bear, i.e. a life cycle CO2-eq. footprint of 2.5 kg / m2 / year. To achieve our goals, we want to explore radically new approaches and promote innovation in architecture, materials, and production. That's why we need you.
In Next Generation Architecture, we encourage the architects, engineers and other freethinkers of the future to come up with your bid for visionary holistic approaches to housing construction where a radically lower climate footprint and affordable prices are the crucial design criteria.
At Sustainable Solutions, we demand the best offers from inventors, manufacturers, and contractors for new materials, products and methods that can significantly reduce the climate footprint of buildings.