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This publication presents a compilation of extended abstracts of VTT’s recent research on energy and eco-efficient built environment. Sustainability as a dominating driver of technology development can also be seen in the R&D portfolio of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. A clear focus of our research for the building sector is sustainable construction, particularly the energy efficiency of the built environment.
Buildings and the whole built environment are in a key role when societies are mitigating climate change and adapting to its consequences. Despite the temporary economic downturn, construction globally remains one of the most significant areas of human activities globally. Due to the urgency of measures related to climate change and the need to provide a proper environment for living and working, a large number of national and international measures have been agreed to guarantee the future development of sustainable built environment for all. Indirectly, this has lead to a need to develop existing and completely new technologies and processes for the built environment with a speed faster than ever and with a more holistic performance metrics than ever.
“Built environment” here refers to buildings and districts as well as the physical networks for water & waste, transport, energy and information. From a technological point of view the built environment is increasingly becoming a holistic “machine” requiring consideration of all the technologies in the system simultaneously. Yet the technologies are only there to serve a purpose. Long-term human needs, like sustainability, are at the end the foundation for all the development.