IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent research body, operated in the form of a limited non-profit company, owned by a foundation jointly established by the Swedish government and Swedish industry. Since 1966 IVL deals with environmental issues from a holistic perspective with the aim of contributing to sustainable societal development. It employs around 170 people, where 26% hold postgraduate degrees, while 63% hold masters degrees in engineering or other academic qualifications. Three employees hold adjunct professorships at Swedish universities or third-level institutions.
IVL undertakes research projects and contract assignments in the energy, climate, environmental engineering, waste management, work and indoor environment, environmental monitoring and environmental quality evaluation areas, as well as studies of the environmental impact of air, water and soil pollution. Environmental impact assessments (EIA), life-cycle assessment (LCA), life-cycle costs (LCC), and environmental systems analysis (ESA) are other areas in which IVL’s activities are well established. All IVL research activities are linked to six major themes: Sustainable building, Climate and energy, Resource-efficient products, Sustainable production, Air and transport, and Water.
Within the Sustainable building theme, several international and local research projects have been initiated and/or completed. Within the SECURE project, an IEE project completed in Dec 2008, under the work package for Sustainable Construction, which was lead by IVL, a methodology for identifying non-technological barriers for building energy efficient houses has been developed. Further, energy use and analysis of environmental impacts of buildings are closely followed in several projects, among other NothPass, an IEE project where IVL focuses on LCA and LCC analysis of passive houses in the Nordic region, and Train the Trainers, a Switch Asia project, funded by the EU, which aims at promoting more efficient use of energy and raw materials in the Chinese construction industry. As a support for sustainable development in the construction and property sector, IVL is a participant in the Building and Living dialogue for developing a voluntary declaration and classification in describing the environmental characteristics of buildings. In addition, IVL is involved in several projects that focus on sustainable renovation of the existing building stock, in Stockholm and Malmö.
Contact persons with regard to Buildsmart:
jonas.fejes (at) ivl.se