6 October 2020

New research aimed at constructing fewer buildings

How many hours per day is your office used? And, isn’t it a waste of resources for your child’s school sit vacant all summer long? Tyréns is heading up a research project focused on using buildings in a smarter way. With more people being encouraged to work from home, we are also now starting to put even more focus on how to use resources more efficiently.

When buildings are vacant, they consume energy without any benefits being generated and it results in a larger carbon footprint during both the construction and later use of the building. Coinplace, the new research project on multi-functional buildings, will investigate the obstacles to using buildings for more than one purpose. It will also find out what is required to convince more of us to use buildings more efficiently.

“We would like to demonstrate the advantages associated with using a building for more than one purpose. Clearly, it is more sustainable if we can construct fewer new buildings. There are also, however, financial incentives for property owners offering flexible solutions where more tenants can be sharing the premises,” says Lars Marklund, Project Manager at Tyréns.

The goal of the research is to identify services that will make it easier for property developers to design buildings that can be used for multiple purposes and utilize existing buildings more efficiently. Buildings will thus be able to be used during a greater portion of the day and night, reducing the need for new construction, along with the need to demolish buildings that cannot be adapted for other purposes.

“It is very inspiring to be involved in this, helping our society use resources in a smarter way. We are already aware of the need to use sustainable building materials. But we’re less accustomed to pondering how we can design smarter buildings,” says Lars Marklund.

Tyréns’ partners in this new research project are Strängnäs Bostads AB and Tyresö Bostäder AB, with support from the Swedish Energy Agency and Sven Tyréns Stiftelse. It is a two-year project and others are welcome to join, or set up their own, complementary initiatives.