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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 architecture 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 emitted from new construction, infrastructure and buildings while the industry 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!

At the Icelandic Democracy Festival, Fundur fólksins, we will examine how we can start transforming words, knowledge, and technical solutions into action. With inspiration from a transformation panel we will discuss the 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.

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

We look forward to welcoming you in the Nordic house on 17 September at 14.00–14.40.


Arnhildur Palmadottir, Architect, FAÍ sap arkitektar

Sigríður Ósk Bjarnadóttir, Director of Sustainability, Hornsteinn/BM Vallá

Hulda Hallgrímsdóttir, Project Manager, Economic and Urban Development

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