Nordic Working Group for LCA, climate and buildings

Funded by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and the the Ministry of the Environment in Finland
Type Working group
Time period 2019-10-03 - Ongoing

The Nordic working group for LCA, climate and buildings is developed  in collaboration with the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket) and Ministry of the Environment in Finland to address the results from the Nordic Climate Forum of Construction 2019 and to deepen the discussion of a Nordic harmonization of construction between expertise within Nordic building authorities, academia and industry.

Background

The Nordic Council of Ministers decided the 29 of May 2018 in Stockholm to initiate a work for Nordic harmonization of building regulations concerning climate emissions. As a result, the Ministry of the Environment in Finland and the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning took the initiative to arrange a conference, Nordic Climate Forum for Construction, in Malmö the 3rd of October, to bring together the Nordic construction authorities and the foremost in academia and construction industry. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers. The main target for the conference was to start up the work for Nordic harmonization on regulations and climate emissions from buildings from a life cycle perspective. Around 80 people attended the conference and all Nordic countries were represented.

To bring the Nordic cooperation forward after the conference, a platform for dialogue and exchange of information has been formed. The platform consist of a working group, the Nordic working group for LCA, climate and buildings which consist of around 30 representatives from the Nordic building authorities, academia and industry, and a bigger network of representatives from academia and industry that will get updates regularly on the progress of the group. The representatives in the working group will be based on proposals from the Nordic building authorities in collaboration with Swedish Life Cycle Center. Swedish Life Cycle Center has been procured by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and the Ministry of environment in Finland to administer and moderate the network for Nordic harmonization until spring 2020.

Aim & purpose

The purpose of this working group is to give input to Nordic harmonization of life cycle assessment of climate emissions buildings with the aim to reduce the building sector’s climate emissions. The aim of the working group is also to work for Nordic collaboration on issues related to mainstreaming LCA methods, their practical application and normative development of climate impacts of buildings. This is done by bringing together key actors from the Nordic construction industry and academia together with the building authorities. The purpose is to deepen the discussions and take care of the results from the Nordic Climate Forum in Malmö.

Outcomes

The Nordic Climate Forum 2019 in Malmö marks the start of this group. Continued dialogue will take place through three web meetings during 2019-2020 where the group’s participants can exchange experience, continue to map the latest research, raise knowledge gaps, capture interest, and increase understanding within the framework of the LCA working group, with the aim of facilitating the Nordic harmonization effort.

The web meetings will be a forum for experts with focus on LCA. The working group constitutes an important forum for contributing to the development of the policy framework, for example climate declarations of buildings, and can lead to the initiation of new projects such as development of methodology and state-of-the-art for LCA of climate for buildings.

Public webinar

Information from the working group will also be disseminated to a broader group of stakeholders through, among other things, the implementation of an open webinar. The webinar will focus on dissemination of the results from the Climate Forum 2019, spreading competence about LCA in the Nordic region and further expanding the network. The webinar will be organized by Swedish Life Cycle Center with input from the working group.

Network

A forum for dialogue with a wider group of stakeholders is formed to spread knowledge and planning of future meeting points, e.g. lead the agenda and planning of next conference.

 

Are you interesting of joining the network? Send an e-mail to maria.rydberg@chalmers.se

 

Contact persons for each country

Denmark: Anders Brodersen Jensen, Trafik- Bygge och boligstyrelsen, anbr@tbst.dk

Finland, Matti Kuittinen, Ministry of the Envionment Finland, matti.kuittinen@ym.fi

Island, Sveinn Pálsson, Húsnæðis- og mannvirkjastofnun, sveinn.palsson@hms.is

Norway, Inger Grethe England, Direktoratet for byggkvalitet, ige@dibk.no

Sweden, Kristina Einarsson, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, kristina.einarsson@boverket.se

News, events and publications

Events

Webinar 29 May

Nordic Climate Forum for construction 27 August, more info will come

News

What you should know about the new revision of the EN15804 standard: the EN15804+A2

Klimatdeklaration för byggnader (SWE)

Intense round table discussions during Nordic Climate Forum for Construction

Publications of interest (not from the project)

Klimapåvirkning fra 60 bygninger: Muligheder for udformning af referenceværdier til LCA for bygninger

Livscyklusvurdering for cirkulære løsninger med fokus på klimapåvirkning: Forundersøgelse

More information:

Greetings from the Nordic ministers – Nordic Climate Forum for Construction 2019, Malmö, Sweden