Green building covers a number of aspects related to residential and commercial buildings. Existing buildings are estimated to account for approximately 25% of global carbon dioxide emissions. As such, improving the energy efficiency, thermal insulation and heating methods of a city’s residential houses and other buildings is a vital element in achieving significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Great advances have been made in recent years in the development of low or zero-carbon and energy-efficient heating and cooling technologies for buildings, which would significantly reduce emissions resulting from buildings. 

Ensuring that a city’s new buildings are constructed according to green practices, employing low-carbon and energy-efficient heating and cooling technologies, will help to reduce GHG emissions to make significant progress on the road towards sustainability.

Programs

Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.