February 11, 2022, Sustainability

Reducing climate impact with Kanozi's new digital tools

The construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change globally, and with the new law on climate declarations coming into force, Kanozi has developed new tools to reduce the climate impact of our projects from the early stages of design.

Our new climate tools help us to take our responsibility as architects as more and more people realize the importance of sustainability. The demand from our clients has increased for the right kind of knowledge to navigate and succeed in making the best decisions on materials and design from a climate perspective.

Kanozi's innovation team of sustainability specialists has used both generic data and developed two manuals, one for materials and one for building components. Furthermore, we use sketching tools in Rhino.

The manuals are the tools used by our employees to support their internal project work and as a basis for external discussions with customers and clients.

These are visual encyclopedias and a compilation of Boverket's climate data. The aim is to get a quick overview and quickly get a picture of the relationship between different materials.

Elin Daun
One of the creators of the climate tools, as well as an architect and specialist in simulations and digital fabrication.

The manual for building components is based on data from Boverket, as well as experience about which components Kanozi Arkitekter usually uses in their projects. The manuals show a quick overview of comparable building elements.

The idea is that we will use the manuals as a basis for discussion, to find possible alternative material and raise questions that may not always be asked. The manuals help us to understand where the greatest climate impact lies, it can differ from project to project and then it can be good to see possible alternative combinations.

Lea-Vanessa Lohr
Architect and Sustainability Lead

Using a digital tool makes material choices more specific and increases architects' understanding of the importance of the form factor. It also makes it clear to the client who can see more concretely the impact of different design options and then evaluate different materials and frame options.

- Our climate tool simplifies, is fact-based and can provide project-specific answers that we can bring into the creative design process. In this way, it is a very useful tool for us as architects, as well as our clients, says Lea-Vanessa Lohr.

- It is a great strength, adds Elin Daun, to get real-time feedback when sketching. Being able to take into account as much data as possible, as early as possible. For the projects, this means that we save carbon dioxide, time and money in the long run.

The Kanozi climate tool is the start of a new, sustainable way of working for Kanozi employees and consequently the construction industry. More climate tools are currently under development.

Do you have questions about the Kanozi climate tool?
Contact Lea-Vanessa Lohr, Architect and Sustainability Lead, 0735 - 14 05 38.

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