The construction sector accounts for 40% of emissions, energy use and waste generated worldwide, in addition to significant use of land, transport, resources and chemicals. As a key community actor, the construction sector has great potential and opportunities to contribute to achieving the sustainability goals by 2030.
Public actors are setting climate and environmental requirements for procurement regarding buildings and other civil engineering works. Stricter guidelines are laid for fossil and emission-free construction sites, as well as greenhouse gas calculations of buildings. Design and material selection will play a major role in reducing emissions and minimizing construction waste by influencing the maintenance and replacement needs of building parts and components. NORSUS is particularly concerned with comprehensive environmental assessments during the service life of new buildings and maintenance and upgrading of existing building stock.
Standardization is a prerequisite for sustainability and a circular economy in the construction industry. NORSUS participates with experts in international and national standardization of methodology for sustainability assessments of buildings, infrastructure and construction products, as well as in circular economics and sustainable renovation of buildings.
Through assessments and evaluations, input is given to policy formulation within building and business policy. At NORSUS, we contribute to sustainable strategies within the green shift and the circular economy for the construction sector.