The future of construction must be sustainable – but how will we build in the future? With what types of materials, and what is the role of achitecture in the change towards sustainable construction of the future?

The challenges in the construction industry are obvious: Our built environment is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions. During the global transition to net-zero, the industry needs to radically reduce the amount of carbon emmitted from new construction, infrastructure and buildings while the indusrty is expected to grow 42% by 2030, driven largely by the demand for residential construction. The good news is that we know many of the solutions already, and something can be done about it!  

With a series of dialogues at the Nordic Democracy Festivals, SUSTAINORDIC, through the Nordic Council of Ministers initiative Nordic Sustainable Construction, will examine how we can start transforming words, knowledge and technical solutions into action. We will discuss the barriers that prevent us from transitioning to sustainable and circular practices in architecture and construction and we will identify opportunities for catalyzing the necessary change.

The event invites architects, urban designers, decision makers, influencers and game changers and interested citizens to discuss perspectives, barriers and levers in the Nordic region that can spark cultural change and drive the necessary shift towards sustainable and circular construction that will form the carbon-neutral welfare society of the future.

With inspiration from Signe Kongebro, Global Design Director, Urbanism and Landscape/Partner, Henning Larsen, Morten Ryom, UN Youth Delegate, Poul-Erik Olsen, Head of Sustainability and Climate, CG Jensen, Lars Autrup, The Danish Association of Architects, Rasmus Nørgaard, Home.Earth, we will explore perspectives on the role of design and architecture in driving the shift towards the sustainable, circular housing and workplaces of the future and look at,  how legislation and policy can support this. The dialogue is moderated by Nikolaj Sveistrup, CEO, Urban Agenda.

The event is organised by SUSTAINORDIC – Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture, which is part of the Nordic Council of Ministers initiative, Nordic Sustainable Construction.