Climate change an important theme at national housing conference

21 May 2019

Nils Hertting, head of the IBF and Tora Holmberg, professor of sociology, at on the theme tables that were set up in the University House Hall.

What consequences will climate change have on housing construction and urban planning? This was one of the themes of the seventeenth annual national housing conference Bostadsmötet, which was held 15–16 May at the University Main Building. The conference was organised by the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF).

Bostadsmötet is aimed at a broad group interested in housing, construction and urban planning. The conference gives the group a chance to discuss relevant issues with researchers at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF). Nils Hertting, the head of IBF, welcomed this year’s 200 participants.

“This year, we turn 25 and Bostadsmötet has played an important role in how IBF has developed. It isn’t just about communicating research. Equally important is inviting speakers we want to hear and talk with. In doing so, we expand our understanding together,” says Nils Hertting.

Panel debate on adapting to climate change

This year’s conference looked at what adaptations are needed in society as a result of climate change and the ambition to make society climate neutral by 2050. These issues were addressed in talks, discussions and a panel debate with several representatives from the construction and housing sector.

This year IBF cooperated with Uppsala University Innovation to set up theme tables in the hall of the University Main Building. During lunch, participants could choose a table to discuss a specific theme. The themes were based on suggestions from interested parties from outside the University.

What is sustainable housing construction? How good are our construction regulations? How can climate-smart construction be combined with social sustainability? These were some of the questions highlighted by the table moderators SWECO; the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning; Formas (the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning); and the government’s inquiry “Samordning för bostadsbyggande” (Coordination for Housing Construction).


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