Today, the term climate adapted buildings and building structures is the common designation given to structures which are planned, designed and performed to withstand various types of external climatic impact - including precipitation, snow deposition, wi nd, temperature and exposure to the sun. The term may also be widened to include a more proactive role of the building envelope, i.e. envelopes that are able to maintain an optimum indoor environment with a minimum of resource use (energy, materials, and labour) during the building's lifetime. Very little research has been attributed to the exploration of how to design envelopes that meet the increasing demands of minimum resource use in combination with varied and harsh climatic exposure.
The project's principal objectives are to develop more energy-efficient building envelope assemblies and new methods for the design of building envelopes in harsh climates, resulting in more accurate and geographically dependent design guidelines. The strategic project will be organised as part of the Birkeland Centre for Sustainable Building at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure.