Modules made from residual material from the sugarcane industry in Peru could accelerate the use of regenerative building materials and modular construction modules to promote both social and environmental sustainability. These are some of the ideas behind an interdisciplinary innovation project that received a lot of attention at the UIA Architecture Congress in Copenhagen.
Of course, assisted living centres should first and foremost be a home for people who can no longer live safely in their own homes. However, when we design care homes, there are many other user groups that need to be catered for. It requires great professional insight into both the field and the architectural process to create care centres that are at the same time a good home, a good workplace and a place where, for example, relatives feel welcome.
Women's Day is still relevant - not least in our industry. At KHR Architecture, we have very appropriately just published a new gender equality policy to keep us on track towards the goals of greater diversity and equal rights for all, which we have long been working towards in a less formalised way.
KHR is the only architectural firm to be part of a multidisciplinary team seeking EU funding for a major international innovation project focusing on the human perspective of climate adaptation in architecture and urban development.
In a new book, Cameline Bolbroe from KHR Architecture, together with Isabel Fróes from CBS, contributes with a book chapter on the potential of social sciences to develop social sustainability in construction.
LCA calculations will be required for all new buildings starting up after 1 January 2023. Buildings over 1000 m2 will also have to meet a threshold of 12 kg CO2 equivalent per square metre per year.
The technical requirements can easily be combined with a greater focus on improving the lifetime and environmental impact of buildings through good and socially sustainable architecture, says KHR Architecture.
Building Green puts the spotlight on renovation and transformation when it hosts a conference on sustainable transformation in Copenhagen on 25-26 October. Postdoc Cameline Bolbroe will share experiences from KHR's work transforming the listed Gråbrødre School into a modern residential building. The focus has included increasing the building's use value and longevity by involving users through a specially developed modular building system.
KHR Architecture is one of the few companies in the construction sector to have received funding from the SMV:Grøn grant to strengthen its green transition.