Published

19 June 2012

Sustainable Building (ByggMISTRA)

The programme ended in 2002.

Learning more about sustainable building and management

Apartment buildings and other built structures affect their surroundings throughout their long life. The Sustainable Building (ByggMISTRA) programme helped to make housebuilding and property management more eco-friendly and reduce energy use in finished properties, including residential buildings. The research focused on every phase in the life of a building: from planning, drawings, production of materials, project planning, construction, use and maintenance to demolition and materials recovery and recycling.

What results has the programme had?

The programme generated a body of knowledge on current and vital environmental issues. Issues include those relating to existing buildings, their management, energy use and the environmental impact of demolition and recovery of materials. One of the more important results is an improved understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various models for life-cycle analysis. Knowledge of concrete and the impact of polymer products on their surroundings was developed in collaboration with purchasers.

The various stakeholders’ perspectives on the various aspects of construction were also studied. Key observations in the programme concerned the role of the purchasers and the importance of how green projects are procured. The programme also helped to boost cooperation between Lund Institute of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology, and their joint development of knowledge.

Who has benefited from the results?

The Sustainable Building programme has provided knowledge that can be used by the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved. This applies to the building and construction industry, housing and property management companies, municipalities and regional agencies with responsibility for building and infrastructure, the recycling industry and consumers.

‘The Sustainable Building programme meant that, for the first time, industry found a new way of cooperating. Researchers continuously evaluated projects in what is now called “research monitoring”. All this meant that we built knowledge of what is good and environmentally sound construction.’

Bengt Wånggren, CEO at Sweden Green Building Council and former Environmental Manager at Skanska Residential Construction Division

FACTS

Programme period: 1996–2002

Funding: Mistra invested SEK 39 million

Programme host: Chalmers University of Technology

Programme director: Bengt Larsson, Chalmers University of Technology

Executive committee chair: Hans Ewander, Industry Building Materials Group

Scope: some 30 researchers were engaged in the programme. Three doctorates and 12 licentiates were obtained in the programme and more than 100 publications, in the form of articles, reports and degree projects, were produced. Several seminars were also held. The participants were Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund Institute of Technology and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

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