Carbon Neutral Design Strategies – lessons from Norway

Proposed RIBA Curriculum Topic: Sustainable architecture

The planet is warming at an alarming rate and one of the most urgent challenges facing humanity is how to limit the damage that climate change is causing.  As a substantial contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, the wider built environment sector will need to adopt lower carbon design strategies to contribute to the fight against climate change.  RSUA has organised this seminar with Professor Aoife Wiberg to share international best practice and equip architects with the knowledge they need to begin adopting lower carbon design strategies.

Course Content

This seminar will cover:

  • Carbon Neutrality in an international and national context
  • Overview of international approaches
  • Net zero greenhouse gas emission and climate neutral buildings
  • Shifting from net Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) to net Zero Emission Neighbourhoods (ZEN) – lessons learned from Norway
  • Definitions & overview of design strategies
  • Q&A (time permitting)

Speaker info

Aoife Wiberg is Professor of Architecture and Chair of Research in Architecture at Ulster University and an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  She holds a Ph.D in Architecture from the University of Cambridge and her post-doctoral research involved developing concepts & strategies for Zero Emission Design and the development of robust and reliable method for CO2 Emissions Accounting for materials.