"Powerhouse" in Trondheim, designed by Snøhetta is one of the pilots. (frontpage of the publication).

Buildings of the Future

Text Perann Sylvia Stokke Last updated 21.03.2016
A total of 31 pilot projects – buildings and areas – have participated in the initiative Buildings of the Future, led by the National Association of Norwegian Architects. An important element of this programme has been developing pilot projects within planning and architecture that pave the way for smart and environmentally friendly solutions in the future. Now the publication about the project is printed also in English, to make the results and experience available for a wider public.

The publication (96 pages) gives an insight into the projects and processes. The emphasis is on making the projects accessible with short project descriptions, small stories, facts, greenhouse gas accounting and illustrations and photos.

Buildings of the Future was launched in 2009 as a collaboration between the National Association of Norwegian Architects and the Low Energy Programme. The programme has been part of and been financed through the government initiative Cities of the Future – a partnership between the state and the 13 largest cities in Norway.

The aim has been to bring forward pilots within urban planning and architecture that pave the way to good, environmental friendly solutions. The criteria have been strict, namely reducing greenhouse gas emissions from materials, energy and transportation by 50 percent. The pilot projects should also be a positive contribution to the physical urban environment through good architecture and landscape design and adaptation to future climate.

Has contributed to changing the industry's practice
Pilot programmes like Buildings of the Future are important arenas for experience and testing of major changes for architects, planners and the building industry. The program has led to innovation, further knowledge and new types of cooperation. The experiences learned from the pilot projects have contributed to changing the industry's practices and have provided the knowledge needed to improve building regulations.

Climate-friendly building and urban development is an important priority for NAL. Project leader Øystein Bull-Hansen, architect and city planner, has overseen the final phase of the programme. 

– It has been inspiring to lead the secretariat for a programme with such a strong focus on the future. Here we, as professionals, have been able to do something specific to meet the environmental challenges of our time, says Øystein Bull-Hansen.

– We have provided consulting, courses and workshops, and linked the projects to external advisors who are financed from the program. In addition, we have organized annual meetings and study tours, and shared the pilot projects in the Project Database (arkitektur.no)

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