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30 Sustainable Nordic Buildings

A book containing best practice examples of sustainable Nordic buildings based on the Charter principles.
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Nordic Innovation are proud to present this book, which offers inspiration for how to use the Charter in practice. How does it work? What do the ten principles mean? How can they be interpreted? The 30 Nordic building projects presented in the book showcase excellent application of the 10 principles in the Charter.

The book was launched at the World Efficiency conference in Paris 13 October, where it was handed out to the participating Nordic Ministers and Secretaries of State – as well as to the French Minister of Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal. They were all participating in an event called Nordic Efficiency, hosted by the Nordic Embassies in France and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The 30 building projects in the book can be found across the Nordic region. They represent different building types, from kindergartens to office buildings – and even a prison. Some of them are already completed, while others are in the planning phase.

What they have in common, is that they are exemplary in their innovative sustainable use of building concepts, and can serve as inspiration for building owners, architects, client consultants, developers and academia looking for new ways to consolidate a sustainable Nordic built environment.


The Nordic Built programme was initiated by the Nordic Ministers for Trade and Industry and launched by Nordic Innovation and the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2012. The aim was to accelerate the development of sustainable building concepts in the Nordic region and to contribute to the realisation of the Nordic region as a leading innovative region in green growth and welfare.

The platform of the programme is the Charter, created by 75 leaders representing some of the most forward-thinking businesses in the Nordic building industry. The Charter consists of 10 principles that define the strongholds of the industry. They represent a holistic approach to building that includes all three dimensions of sustainability – social, environmental and economic.

The Charter is also the platform of the Nordic Built Cities program, with the ambition to develop, visualise and export innovative solutions for urban spaces and cities.


Portrait Rasmus Malmborg

Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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