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The Crafting Climate Transitions from Below project conducts research on the new roles that craftspeople have in the transition to a greener, and more environment friendly building policy. Climate change brings with it changes that poses challenges at many levels and sectors of society. In Norway there are about 2.4 million homes. Construction and heating of houses account for about 40% of all on-land energy usage Norway, and it has a great potential for more energy efficiency. Globally, the number is also 40%.

Much of the research done on energy-efficient buildings have been on architects and engineers, and those living in the houses after they are completed. An important group which has not been focused much on in this context are craftspeople, who actually build, and renovate the houses. Some suggest that homes can go from being consumers to producers of energy. With a wilder and wetter weather, houses are greatly affected by wear and maintenance. This is an arena where good craftsman skills are needed.

This project will focus on professions who play an important role in climate transition to new/improved houses, particularly builders and carpenters who act as energy-advisors. We ask:

  • What is the craftspeople’s expertise in these fields, and how do they use this expertise?
  • What is the status of craftspeople today, and how does this affect the situation?
  • How does Norway compare to international craft-traditions, expertise and status?
  • How can Norway strengthen its craftsman education and practice in strong pressure from several quarters?

The project is based at NTNU – The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Centre for Science and Technology studies. If you have any comments, cooperation-questions, or if you are curious about what we do, please contact:

PhD Researcher Roger Søraa, roger.soraa [at] ntnu.no

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