On 10th of May 2015, the first Nornet LCA workshop was held with 20 participants from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. At Aalborg University Copenhagen, the network met and were introduced to the project Nornet LCA and the ideas behind it.

The Energy Agency in Denmark, Boverket (Sweden), Sintef (Norway) and VTT (Finland) made presentations on regulations and LCA in the Nordic countries. Among others, there was identified a need for a Nordic collaboration in the development of regulations.

At the workshop, the network did also discuss the use of LCA in the built environment, and the industry challenges that are present in the area. The network expressed that LCA is a rather complex system, and it is a big challenge to handle all LCA information and package it – and use it correctly. For a better use of LCA, the information systems should be simplified and made more usable for practicians, like for example for architects. Although, the network could conclude on that it is more important to do LCA also with the help of insufficient data than not to make it at all. Regarding LCA tools, it became clear that one challenge is that existing tools are made in the national languages.

Workshop Agenda

The agenda for the workshop in Copenhagen.

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Introduction to Nornet LCA

Presentation by Tarja Häkkinen, VTT, Finland.

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Regulations and LCA in Denmark

Presentation by Morten Buus, Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen).

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Regulations and LCA in Sweden

Presentation by Kristina Einarsson, National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket).

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regulations and lca in norway

Presentation by Reidun Schlanbusch, Sintef, Norway.

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regulations and lca in Finland

Presentation by Sirje Vares, VTT, Finland.

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Life Cycle Analysis & Circular Economy

Elin Søndergaard, Saint-Gobain, Denmark.

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Research needs addressed by the Finnish industry members of the nornet lca network

Presentation by Tarja Häkkinen, VTT, Finland.

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using lca as a design tool

Presentation by Martin Vraa Nielsen, Henning Larsen Architects.

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climate change in the center of statsbygg's environmental strategy 2015-18

Presentation by Zdena Cervenka, Statsbygg, Norway.

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lca for buildings at SP

Presentation by Peter Ylmén, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

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LCA in the built environment - Industry challenges - Contractor point of view

Presentation by Svend Mertz, NCC Construction Denmark.

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