IE Day Video: Cutting edge applications of industrial ecology in the built environment

The video for this session, hosted by NTNU, is now online:

This session is organized in cooperation with NTNU Sustainability and the Research Centre on Zero-Emission Neighbourhoods. The built environment constitutes the larges anthropogenic material stock and buildings are responsible for ca. 35% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, the use of industrial ecology tools is critical to manage the shift to net-zero carbon and reduce other environmental impacts. In this session we hear from practitioners on how industrial ecology tools is used in the form of better building life cycle data and how it provides a deeper understanding of climate change mitigation options for city officials. We hear about the challenges and opportunities of building retrofits and how life cycle assessment and material flow analysis are used in the creation of net-zero emission neighborhoods. The building and construction sector has a huge demand for industrial ecology competence, and these applications illustrate why.

  • Introduction by Edgar Hertwich
  • Carine Lausselet. On the use of industrial ecology in the building sector
  • Freja Rasmussen. Applied Building LCA in Denmark – research meets practice meets regulation
  • Niko Heeren. Zurich goes net zero –A material efficiency pathway for the city's building stock
  • Oddbjørn Dahlstrøm Andvik. From LCA to EPD (Environmental Product Declaration): Use of EPD to make decisions for the built environment.
  • Panel discussion – moving towards a zero-emissions building sector. Science to achieve goals.
  • Sahin Akin. Resource consumption of the affluent Arabic countries' residential building stock: A bottom-up approach.
  • Mie Fuglseth. Old is the new new - retrofit of existing buildings as carbon mitigation measure
  • Eirik Resch. Reduzer – calculate the carbon footprint of construction projects, reduce emissions, document, and certify.
  • Panel discussion – Translating industrial ecology into practice. What can research do better to inform practice. How can practitioners inform research priorities? Joint learning opportunities.