Nordic Built – what has happened so far?

By now, 75 companies have signed the Nordic Built Charter and committed to implement its principles in their strategy and work to deliver competitive solutions for sustainable construction.
Published 25/10/2012 | Last updated 25/10/2012

In February, 65 top-leaders from the Nordic building industry were invited to a workshop with the aim of defining the possibilities and strongholds of the sector.


A large number of activities have been carried out since then.


The workshop resulted in the Nordic Built Charter, a bold and ambitious document stating 10 core principles for how our future built environment should be constructed. The Charter, functioning as a platform for the whole Nordic Built programme, was launched in Copenhagen, with the 18 first companies present to sign it – the so called ambassadors of the Nordic Built Charter.


- We want to push the limits of what is possible in sustainable building. But we cannot manage it on our own; in order to succeed we need competent partners, and customers, who are sharing the same vision. Nordic Built can provide a platform for cooperation, said Staffan Haglind, green business officer at Skanska.


During September and October, information meetings and Charter signing events have been held in Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm, with Ministers attending a majority of them.


- It has only been six months since the foundation for the Nordic Built Charter was laid. Now we have this remarkable document in front of us with 10 remarkable principles. Well done and congratulations to all of you who have signed it and joined Nordic Built, said Martin Lidegaard, the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building.


- The Nordic countries share fundamental values, perhaps particularly regarding the environment. We need to join forces and take advantage of these strongholds. Nordic Built is a positive, constructive step in the right direction, stated Stefan Attefall, the Swedish Minister for Housing and Public Administration.


In Iceland, the Minister for the Interior and the Minister for Culture and Education have even signed the Charter, and four new public buildings will be built according to its principles.


Nordic Built and its Charter were also introduced to Nordic Ministers for Trade and Industry, Energy and Regional Development at their meeting in Trondheim in October – and met with positive response.



Next step: The Challenge

On 8 November the Nordic Built Challenge will be launched. Five multidisciplinary competitions on developing the best concepts for refurbishment of five existing buildings, one in each Nordic country, in a sustainable, innovative and yet affordable way – based on the principles of the Nordic Built Charter.


 The competitions are open for the whole value chain of the building sector, and collaboration and innovation are, as in the entire Nordic Built programme, the key words.


- The Nordic countries are facing the same challenge in the coming years – sustainable renovation of the existing building stock. We also share a starting point in the form of a similar building traditions, values, climate and ambitions. By collaborating across industry disciplines and country borders, we can learn from each other and create a common market for scalable solutions that we can bring out to Europe and the rest of the world, says Hans Fridberg, project manager for Nordic Built and innovation adviser at Nordic Innovation.


The best proposal for each building will win the possibility of a consultancy contract with the building owner, and a final Nordic winner will be awarded with NOK 1.000.000 for the best overall demonstration of the Nordic Built Charter.


In the beginning of 2013 Nordic Innovation and national collaboration partners will open up for funding opportunities for innovative Nordic projects within sustainable building and refurbishment.



Companies having signed the Nordic Built Charter to date:


a2f arkitekter, 360 REM OY, Akademiska Hus AB, AI Gruppen, Albertslund Kommune, Almenna, Alta consulting, Arkitektfirmaet C.F.Møller, Arkis architects,, ASK architects, Asplan Viak, Ballerup Kommune, BASALT Arkitekter, BAT-kartellet, Batteríið, Bionova Consulting Oy, Boligforeningen Øster-Bo, Boligselskabet Fruehøegaard, Buildercom, ByggVesta,Cenergia, COWI, Dansk Teknologisk Institut, DTU Byg, EFLA Consulting, Einar Mattson Prosjekt AB, Entra Eiendom, Fastighet Lustgården AB, Fasteignir Rikissjods, Formconsult, FSR Iceland, Granlund Oy, Henning Larsen Architects, Hornsteinar, Icelandic Minsitry of Education, Icelandic Ministery of the Interior, Innanrikisraduneyti (IRR), Iceland Green Building Council, KAB, Kanenergi, Kolumbus, København Kommune, Mannvit, NCC Property Development, Nordea Pankki Oyj, Nordic Synergy Park, Odense Kommune, Petersen Tegl, Pöyry Finland Oy, Rautaruukki Oy, Reitir, RYM Oy, Rødovre Kommune, Senaatti-kiinteistöt, SINTEF Byggforsk, Skanska, Snøhetta, SPU Oy, SRV, Sweden Green Building Council, Temagruppen, Tengbom Arkitekter, THG, Tröð, Uponor, Vasakronan, VELUX, Verkis, VSI, VTT, WHITE Arkitekter, WSP Sverige AB, YIT Corporation Ltd, Zero.