Sustainable Building in Scandinavia: Directions of Innovations for Supporting the Transition

Nina Koch-Ørvad, Christian Thuesen

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    Buildings are essential for securing a sustainable society, and the Scandinavian
    building sector is viewed upon globally as the one to lead the way. This paper
    investigates in which directions sustainable building in Scandinavia is likely to move and outlines a number of areas where sustainable in novations are necessary for supporting this movement. The focus on innovations as essential support for the sustainable transition of the building sector derives from the Multi-Level Perspective, which has been applied to this study as a framework
    for understanding sustainable transitions of socio-technical systems. The findin gs are based on twelve expert interviews with key persons from central companies, research institutions and associations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The experts identify five directions for sustainable building in Scandinavia and list a number of innovations that will support the movement of the sector in these directions. These paths to the future for sustainable building seem remarkable clear and manageable, and the paper discusses the risk of the experts being too optimistic in the ir assessment of the sustainable
    transition of the Scandinavian building sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference
    EditorsP. W. Chan, C. J. Neilson
    Number of pages9
    PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
    Publication date2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event32nd Annual ARCOM Conference - Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Sep 20167 Sep 2016


    Conference32nd Annual ARCOM Conference
    LocationManchester Town Hall
    CountryUnited Kingdom
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