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Sustainable Construction

Program 2021 - 2024 Active

The Nordic countries have joint ambition for creating a sustainable and competitive construction- and building sector. In sustainable construction, it is essential to look at solutions for the entire life cycle of a building, its materials and for all aspects of responsibility. It must include aspects ranging from the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency to considering water use, pollution, and waste reduction measures.

The Sustainable Construction program is based on five work packages. The five work packages are all part of the Nordic Sustainable Construction project, which is coordinated by the Danish Housing and Planning Authority.

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The project partners behind the Nordic Sustainable Construction project are in charge of four work packages and Nordic Innovation is in charge of one work package.

Work Packages

The following work packages are run by the Nordic Sustainable Construction project group.

Nordic Harmonization of life cycle management

This work package is concerned with harmonizing Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) across the Nordics so that design and construction companies will be able to offer low carbon solutions in all the Nordic countries.

Sustainable construction materials and architecture

The aim of this work package is to function as a change agent that challenges the existing Nordic construction and architectural industry and identifies barriers and opportunities for efficient implementation, and debate practices for sustainable construction materials.

Emission-free construction sites

This work package aims to support a transition to emission free construction sites through policymaking and through building the required competency and capacity in the building sector. Currently, none of the Nordic countries have set normative criteria for emission-free construction sites and the Nordics thus have a unique opportunity to harmonize regulations and guidelines.

Capacity building within reuse of construction materials and international collaborations

This work package is responsible for the overall external and internal communication of the knowledge created in the project. This work package will also lead the capacity-building efforts across the Nordic countries to support selected parts of the construction value chain in gaining the skills needed to increase the reuse of building materials in the Nordic region.

The following work package is run by Nordic Innovation.

Circular Business Models and Procurement

This work package aims to integrate circular thinking into the business models of the Nordic construction companies and their value chains to support the overall goal of minimizing the environmental and climate impact in the Nordic construction industry while still maintaining their competitiveness.

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Marthe Haugland - Senior Innovation Adviser

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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Rasmus Malmborg - Senior Innovation Adviser

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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