The Zero Arctic project will develop regional concepts for Arctic building construction that would be carbon neutral over their full life cycle. The aim is to utilise both scientific life cycle assessment and energy simulation methods as well as to learn from and apply traditional knowledge of sustainable construction. Key tasks include:
Reaching carbon neutrality requires balanced optimisation of energy efficiency of buildings and their systems, generation of renewable energy, consideration of embodied impacts of building materials and anticipatory service life planning. The project will study how various applications of traditional knowledge in Arctic construction have supported the environmental sustainability of buildings and how these principles can be applied in the development of modern construction technologies. Furthermore, the potential for compensating anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions through natural and man-made carbon sinks in the context of Arctic construction will be explored.
Endorsed SDWG project proposal available HERE.