Arctic Circle

The Acceleration of Sustainable Construction in Cold Climate Conditions 


How can we accelerate sustainable construction in cold climate conditions? Work Package 3 is facilitating this talk to address the possibilities and challenges of building in areas like the Arctic.

On a global scale construction is responsible for approximately 40% of the total CO2 emission. This must lead to action.

Through the Nordic Council of Ministers, a number of actions has been initiated to address this challenge involving all relevant actors. However, the challenges regarding sustainability in construction cannot be reduced to find generic solutions regarding architecture, materials, methods, education etc. It must also be linked to the specific place-based conditions in which a construction will take place.

Nonetheless, development tends to take place in conditions unlike the Arctic. This session will discuss recommendations for how to accelerate sustainable construction in cold climate conditions. To do so the session will address the following questions: What are the factors and events that can catalyse the necessary change? How can entrepreneurship, innovation and development be stimulated in all parts of the value chain to meet the challenges?

Time and Date

Date: 13. october 2022

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 (Iceland UTC±00:00: 09.00-09.55)

Location: TBA

Organized by: SUSTAINORDIC, Form/Design Center (Sweden)


Dorte Bo Bojesen, CEO, Form/Design Center, Sweden: Promoting Sustainability through Materials and Architecture

Hulda Hallgrímsdóttir, Project Leader in Climate Projects, City of Reykjavik, Iceland: Challenges and Experiences from an Icelandic Perspective

Björn Karlsson, Professor; Senior Advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure, Iceland: Challenges and experiences from an Icelandic/Arctic perspective

Jean-Philippe Messier, Founder; Director, The Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve (MUWBR), Canada: Perspectives on Cold Climate Construction and place based Sustainable Development

Sigríður Ósk Bjarnadóttir, Director of Sustainability, Hornsteinn ehf, Iceland: Low Carbon Construction in Cold Climate Conditions

Arnhildur Palmadottir, Architect, sap arkitektar, Iceland: Architecture in Cold Climate Condition


Moderator: Mads Randbøll Wolff, Director, Sustainability2030; Associated Partner, SUSTAINORDIC, Denmark


See the full event here