DECARBON-HOME provides research excellence in the intertwined and ongoing climate-related and social challenges which necessitate a major transition in the Finnish housing system. The key challenge to address is to reduce equitably the climate impact of Finnish housing and construction, which represent approximately 30% of the total GHG emissions and 40% of total energy use.
DECARBON-HOME analyses the housing system challenges from environmental, technical and social science silos to form a comprehensive understanding and create novel, human-centered solutions to climate-wise housing, especially via renovations.
The focus areas are suburban and rural; the urban focus is on the suburbs of the 1960s and 1970s and the rural focus is on the peripheral areas. The challenges in these areas result in the most critical housing stock regarding climate change mitigation being typically inhabited by the most vulnerable social groups (e.g. elderly, immigrants and unemployed). These impose new requirements for sustainable building and housing renovations, including their material, technological and human aspects. Analyzing the pre-conditions for the wider adoption of innovative solutions, energy overhauls and other mitigation technologies, the project supports and enhances the nation-wide transition to climate neutral, socially equitable, and inclusive residential communities.To accelerate the transition, better understanding and mobilization of changes in individual, institutional, regulatory, communication and knowledge sharing practices is needed.
DECARBON-HOME offers a unique, multi-disciplinary basis to understand citizen preferences, social structures, policy-making, innovations and transition pathways. With solid competence from transdisciplinarity, the consortium is specifically built to address these questions and create novel, state-of-the-art scientific contributions in relevant research fields. With high ambition and enthusiasm toward co-creation and higher communality, several collaborative tools and working methods are employed together with a rich variety of committed stakeholders.
The project enhances the upscaling of climate-wise practices and solutions, including adaptation and mitigation technologies. By developing and testing these low carbon and human-centric solutions to respond to the specific suburban and rural housing problems, DECARBON-HOME strongly contributes to socially equitable climate change adaptation and mitigation.