Sustainable Construction

Taking sustainability to the next level by sharing expertise and best practice. Promoting energy efficient, low-carbon housing, tackling fuel poverty, and minimising material waste and pollution.

Climate change and environmental degradation are urging action in every sector of society. The built environment accounts for around 40% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.1 Sustainable construction and energy efficient, low-carbon housing will have a significant impact on our future.

Public and social housing providers face an increasing urgency to future-proof their properties. Our tenants are often the hardest hit by rising fuel bills and the most at risk of fuel poverty. Energy efficiency is key to ensuring the best quality of life for current tenants and the next generations.

Sustainable construction challenges

We face numerous challenges. Homes must be environmentally responsible while remaining affordable. Resource-efficiency must be a key factor throughout a building’s lifecycle, from design and construction to operation, maintenance, and deconstruction. In addition, public and social housing providers must strive for sustainability while operating within budget constraints, responding to shortages of housing stock, and considering all the social aspects of the built environment.

Environmentally sustainable, energy efficient housing will have a significant impact on our future.

What do we need?

We can build a better future for all, so we need to get the next generation of buildings right! By learning from each other, public and social housing providers can be leaders in sustainable construction.

We need to act now. Sustainability must be at the centre of our work: prioritising the renovation and repurposing of existing properties; reducing waste; promoting renewable energies; and maximising energy efficiency in our homes. This way, we will be sure to meet the needs of our tenants while safeguarding our future.

Energy efficiency is key to ensuring quality of life for current tenants and future generations.

What is Eurhonet working on?
The Eurhonet Sustainable Construction Topic Group shares expertise and develops best practice for both existing housing stock and new construction. We examine environmental concerns alongside social considerations and economic factors. Key topics include:
  • Designing and building futureproof homes, including modular buildings and off-site manufacturing;
  • Improving our existing housing stock by working on cost-efficient refurbishment methodologies;
  • Reducing energy costs in order to fight fuel poverty by improving energy efficiency and scaling up the use of renewable energy sources;
  • Recycling and reusing materials and resources by focusing on concepts such as deconstruction, recyclability, Design for Disassembly, and the cradle-to-cradle approach.

Upcoming activities

27-28 September 2023: Topic Group Meeting in Brescia, Italy

We’ll be looking at Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Building Information Modelling (BIM), and the integrated design approach. We will hear lectures focusing on how to integrate different design aspects, including through the building virtual model, with a specific focus on the integration between architecture, energy, structures, and systems.

Sustainable Construction Topic Group activities are only open to our members. If you are already a Eurhonet member, you can sign up to upcoming meetings through the Members Only Zone. If you are not yet a member, find out more about joining us here.

[1] World Green Building Council, Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront report (2019)

Topic Group Leader
Johann Christian Plagemann
GEWOBA, Germany

Sustainable Construction Topic Group Leader