Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Pekkanen, Juha
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Sustainable and healthy buildings in the changing climate: balancing costs and benefits
Decision No. 338679
Decision date 19.01.2021
Funding period 01.02.2021 - 30.11.2024
Funding 179 707
Project description
Among the most impactful ways to combat climate change in Northern countries is to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings by adding insulation and optimizing ventilation. However, such mitigation strategies can negatively impact indoor air quality and further increase risk of moisture damage, which is predicted to increase due to climate change and has been identified as one of the five major threats to health in Finland due to climate change. We aim to identify the most cost-efficient intervention strategies in the Finnish building stock by modelling the effects of climate change and energy efficiency interventions on the carbon footprint, on moisture damage risk and other effects on indoor air quality, on building occupants’ health, and on associated costs. We will apply this model to the entire Finnish building stock, considering different climate change scenarios up till 2050 and 2080.