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Building Green

05.12.18 | Arrangement
Building Green
Cities are growing and the urban population is rapidly increasing. How we plan and construct our buildings is crucial to reach the vision of a sustainable, low-carbon society, and the building sector has a huge potential to mitigate climate change by integrating circularity principles.


09:30 - 16:45



9:30 - 10:00 Morning Talk with Annette Blegvad

Annette Blegvad, Vice Director, The Danish Association of Architects

10:15 - 11:30 The Impact of Using Wood as Material for Construction – A Broader Look at the Impacts on Agenda 2030 From an Increased Usage of Wood

Substituting high climate impact materials in the construction sector with wood can potentially reduce significant CO2 emissions. This session, hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers' Wood in Construction project, will present and discuss an SDG study, examining the impact of the full value chain for wood in construction.

Climate-KIC Nordic and the Nordic Council of Ministers Swedish Presidency 2018

12:15 - 13:15 Zero Emission Construction Sites Are Possible Very Soon – Don’t Wait For 2030

New construction in urban areas in the Nordics and elsewhere is a big contributor to emissions of CO2 and other pollutants. Transforming construction sites to zero emission sites will be an important measure to achieve carbon neutral cities within a near future. This session will discuss how we can achieve this.

Bellona, Climate-KIC Nordic and Climate and Air Pollution Group (KOL)

13:30 - 14:45 Circular Economy in the Built Environment – Good Practices From the Nordic Countries, Europe and Globally

One Planet Network is committed to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in developed and developing countries. Circular economy has been chosen as common means to implement SDG12. This Side Event shares good practices in circular construction with action points to mitigate climate change with sustainable business models.

One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme/Green Building Council Finland

15:30 - 16:30 Greening Buildings for a Low-Carbon Economy – How to Maximise Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector

The Nordic countries are global front runners when it comes to energy efficiency in the building sector. Regulations ensure that new buildings are energy efficient, but comprehensive retrofitting strategies are needed for existing buildings. This session highlights challenges and opportunities of greening the housing sector, with input from major global actors on the latest technologies.


16:45 - 17:15 Afternoon Brief with Alf Karlsson

Alf Karlsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Digital Development of Sweden. 

17:30 - 19:00 Release Reception of an Architecture Guide to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

Release of the first Architecture Guide to the 17 UN SDGs. This guide presents fantastic examples of how important architecture, design and planning are for the achievement of the goals set for 2030. The impact of the built environment is huge in terms of waste, energy consumption, etc. and consequently the potential of the built environment of reducing waste, of developing sustainable solutions and of providing more healthy buildings is even bigger.

The Danish Association of Architects and the International Union of Architects