PhD student - Sustainability in the building and construction sector

There exist at least three approaches which deal with greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability issues in the construction sector. (1) Life-cycle assessment (LCA) addresses material use and emissions at a detailed level and can be used prospectively or ex-post to assess specific construction projects and products. They are often static in nature an improvement options are addressed through comparisons. LCA is mainly of operational importance. (2) Sector roadmaps are usually built on strongly simplified models of the construction sector and its production processes and products which can consider interaction among strategies applied to individual processes or inputs. They are commonly combined with identification of barriers and policies of technology development, economic instruments, and standards to overcome those barriers. (3) Building stock scenario models simulate the development of building stocks with new construction, maintenance, and refurbishment where individual processes are represented through life-cycle assessment. They serve to gain insights into realistic timelines and assess the required effort and combination of strategies required to attain environmental targets.

The project will build upon an existing building scenario model and seek to extend it to serve as a tool that can be used at the level of large projects as well as for city, region, and national-level planning and policy making.

Duties of the position

  • Advance the modelling of resource efficiency opportunities on a regional and national scale using life-cycle product-cohort models of buildings and/or infrastructure.
  • Model development (programming) and documentation.
  • Data collection and management.
  • Collaborate with team members and international partners. Lead collaborative efforts.
  • Write scientific papers
  • Produce project deliverables and coordinate with project and industry partners.
  • Co-advice Master’s students
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  • Application deadline: Jul 28, 2023
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Industrial Ecology Programme
  • Trondheim, Norway
  • PhD Positions
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