Life City - A climate-conscious concept for smart and sustainable built environment

Theme 1. Environmental protection
Session Name 1.4 Sustainable development of the Arctic - boreal regions
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 04:30 PM - 04:45 PM (UTC +3)
Location IT105
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Jussi Rönty
Author(s) Jussi Rönty (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland), Kimmo Kuismanen (Ab CASE consult Ltd, Finland), Pekka Tervonen (University of Oulu, Finland)
Abstract text

Residential construction and land use planning are changing in many countries around the world. There is a clear need for comprehensive, energy-efficient, cost-effective and low-carbon concepts meeting the latest energy and climate policy goals. Northern Finland has strong expertise in the field of wooden architecture and wood construction industry. By combining the existing high-tech expertise of enterprises, and strengthening the cooperation between SMEs, new value networks with significant international business potential can be created.

This paper presents the Life City -concept, a holistic approach for smart and sustainable built environment. The concept consists of energy-efficient and modern wooden buildings in CO2-neutral neighborhoods and includes integrated energy infrastructure with multiple renewable energy sources and smart networks. Life City is a comprehensive export concept that adapts to the local climate conditions, but also considers the social needs of different communities.

Objectives of the Life City -project included enhancing the export business knowledge and technical prerequisites of the collaborating SME companies. In cooperation with the companies, the project aimed to develop new design, manufacturing and construction methods that enable improving the cost-effectiveness, environmental impact, energy-economy, microclimate and other living comfort issues of wooden buildings in different climate zones, taking also the climate change and resiliency issues into account.

Project results show that the wood construction industry in Finland is not quite ready for adapting holistic concepts such as the Life City -concept, as more product development, knowledge and resources are needed. This finding applies especially to SME companies in the industry.

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