Nordic Built 2.0 is coming up!

The Nordic Ministers for Trade and Industry have decided that Nordic Built will continue for 4 more years, until the end of 2017.
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Nordic Built was launched in 2011, within the framework of the existing Nordic Cooperation Program for Innovation and Business Policy. This program is now coming to an end – but Nordic Built will continue as a so called lighthouse project in the new cooperation program, which runs in the period 2014-2017.

 

- Today there is an established network in Nordic Built, which provides a solid foundation for further developing Nordic effort in an area of great importance to green growth, the cooperation program states.

 

Trine Pertou Mach, senior innovation adviser at Nordic Innovation and project leader for Nordic Built, is delighted.

 

- We are very pleased that the Ministers have decided to continue with Nordic Built. There is already great support from the industry, the future work will be about reaching out to a larger crowd and anchoring the principles of the Nordic Built Charter further in the Nordic building sector.

 

Mach adds that during the first half of 2014, Nordic Built will arrange meetings together with Nordic Built ambassadors and other relevant stakeholders to gather input to the new program.

 

- The program is and should be for the industry, and we want their input to make sure that what we do is relevant.

 

 

"Fantastic signal to the market"

Anna Forsberg, Green Business Officer at Skanska and member of the Nordic Built Advisory Group, says:

 

- It is a fantastic signal to the market that there is an unutilized potential within the green business segment of the building sector, and a trust in that Nordic Built can contribute to further development of sustainable concepts for our built environment. In the new project, I would like to see an increased focus on added value to the end client, as for example conscious and low emitting material selection leading to an improved indoor environment, improved health and even a higher productivity among the building staff.

 

Fellow Advisory Group member, Teppo Lehtinen from the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, adds:

 

- This is good not only for the building sector in Nordic countries, but also in relation to export efforts. We are sailing towards near zero construction and environmental aspects are becoming more and more important in the global industry. I also would like to point out that the major future development steps will take place within the field of sustainable city development.

 

The project plan for Nordic Built 2.0 will be finished in mid-2014. The Danish Business Authority, under the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth, will be responsible for the new lighthouse project.

 

 

 

The current Nordic Cooperation Program for Innovation and Business Policy runs out in 2013. The Nordic Ministers of Trade and Industry therefore asked the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Business Policies to develop a new program for 2014 and onwards. This was approved by the Ministers in October and considered at the Nordic Council's Session in Oslo in late October/early November 2013. It focuses on Nordic synergies within the areas of innovation and business policy, meaning priorities and actions where Nordic cooperation can create an added value. The Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications has been responsible for the drafting of the Program. Nordic Innovation, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Vinnova and The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) have been contributing to the process.