As much as 50% of the lifetime CO2 footprint of a building originates from the building process and the materials used. The Danish government has just agreed to have a commission look at ways to incentivise the use of climate friendly building materials including reused- and upcycled materials as part of the transition to a circular economy.

Politiken Byrum asked Anders Lendager to comment on the new initiative, here is a summary of what he said:

Materials we today consider as part of the solution often shows up to be energy intensive in the production process. As an example, he mentions isolation materials made of melted stone and glass. To Anders Lendager the debate is important, because it is the only way we can assess whether a building is sustainable seen in a lifetime perspective. We can use this knowledge to change the choices we make in the design process. However, he states, we have enough data already and we need to implement now.

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