Zero Arctic: Concepts for carbon-neutral Arctic construction based on tradition

Yuhei Abe, Ben Amor, Fadi Cherri, Louis Gosselin, Taisuke Hayashi, Eeva Huttunen (Editor), Marko Huttunen, Tarja Häkkinen, Nozomu Inoue, Doug Klassen, Matti Kuittinen, Takeo Nishizawa, Yoshinori Ohashi, Marina Ooi, Pamela Peer-Corriveau, Jean Rouleau, Frans Saraste, Panu Savolainen, Jari Shemeikka, Audrey TanguyMori Taro, Sirje Vares, Ako Yamamoto, Laura Zubillaga

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The project consisted of case studies from northern Finland, Canada
(Nunavik) and Japan (Hokkaido). Each case study consisted of a survey of
traditional and Indigenous dwellings, of structural solutions and settlements,
and a review of the energy consumption of the existing building stock in
the region. Both Finland and Canada designed case houses and assessed
their climate impacts over the buildings’ full life cycle using a standardized
Life Cycle Assessment method. The Japanese research group assessed an
existing building and constructed a historical Indigenous dwelling Chise and
measured its thermal environment.

There is no single solution for all Arctic regions. The built environments in
the Arctic have a big variation, with cities and rural areas facing very different
challenges. The project highlights the importance of understanding local
traditions and cultural aspects of living when designing sustainable buildings
in Arctic regions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherArctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group
Number of pages127
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study


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