Architecture and aesthetics are fundamental premises for quality of life. Qualities such as building volume and height, preservation of terrain and vegetation as well as choice of materials, are of great importance for both energy efficiency and climate adaptation, and for the architectural and visual expression of a building.
Building and infrastructure Climate adaptation
Building materials and constructions are supposed to have a very long service life under partly rough circumstances. It is essential that the durability of a product or a component is suitable, whereas reduced durability often may have serious consequences, such as e.g. air or water leakages.
The purpose of the planning and building legislation is to promote sustainable development in favor of individuals, the society and future generations. Together with the associated regulations and guidance, the Planning and Building Act is one of the most important framing factors for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC). The provisions of the legislation are implemented through governmental, regional and municipal planning and building administration, and put into practice by the professional actors in the building process.
The objective of SUWAM (Sustainable water management for resilience to climate change impact on society in South Africa) is enhancing resilience to climate change on society with focus on impacts in the water sector.
New surface water decontamination filter
Warmer weather and more rain have made surface water an environmental problem.
Norway establishes new climate adaptation centre
The Research Council of Norway has announced the establishment of 17 new centers for research-based innovation (SFI). Klima 2050 is one of these, and Norway finally gets a Centre for climate adaptation of the built environment. The official start-up of the Centre takes place on April the 13th in Trondheim.