VTT is one of the global pioneers in R&D of resource efficient technologies
and processes for the entire built environment. The scope of its R&D extends
from single products and components to systems, buildings and communities.
The production, maintenance and use of the built environment have large
impacts on the natural environment, economy and well-being. The environmental
burden has grown parallel with economic growth and urbanization: these
activities account for 17% of the world’s fresh water uptake, 25% of the
world’s wood harvest, 40% of the world’s materials and energy flows, and
30-40% of all primary energy used. Over 80% of the harmful emissions are due
to energy consumption in the urban areas of the built environment.
On the other hand, there are also magnificent opportunities to reduce the
negative consequences of the pursuits of mankind, and to improve the
relationship between the natural and built environments.
VTT works for a sustainable built environment that is intelligent, convenient
and supportive for all. The role of information and communication technologies
is fundamental in modern societies and economies. Complexity of planning and
design processes requires advanced decision-making platforms that handle
scenarios, user-orientation and integrated approaches. Management of material
and energy flows will be based on smart grids, smart buildings and smart
VTT’s scientific and technological focus on a sustainable built environment
research and development activities aim at the technologies and processes that
enable progress toward a sustainable built environment. The field is comprised
of macro-economic indicators, planning of land-use and communities, design and
assessments in building projects, eco-efficient products and systems,
distributed energy technologies including smart grids, as well as
user-oriented and user-centric approaches and role of users in processes.
VTT’s activities aim at viable district level systems in order to boost
primary energy reduction and reduction of environmental impact within an urban
context. The reduction of energy consumption and energy-related emissions
opens up potential for both existing and completely new technologies, offering
a variety of solutions that are enhanced by introducing holistic approaches.
VTT’s research and development is done mainly by experts with an engineering
background, and collaboration with stakeholders and other research
organisations is the norm. The integrated, multi-disciplinary methods are
needed in order to respond to the urgent needs of practice, including use of
energy, materials and equipment. Other key topics are local production of
energy from renewable and otherwise wasted resources, and usage of intelligent
networks and embedded technologies.
VTT’s key offering
The core of VTT’s offering in the
built environment is the competence on life cycle performance of building
materials, products, and systems, networks, and communities. This fundament is
strengthened by methods of knowledge management, integrated design and
delivery processes, and assessment of health and safety. Modelling methods are
extensively used for natural phenomena but also for systems and even for
behaviour of human beings.
VTT provides multidisciplinary R&D of technologies for sustainable buildings:
low energy, passive, zero energy, energy neutral and energy positive buildings
for new, refurbishment and retrofit construction. In addition to the technical
solutions, we develop processes for efficient delivery of the solutions for
various user needs.
VTT provides multidisciplinary R&D on technologies and processes for
sustainable community structure: compacting, unifying and improvement of
logistics in communities, development of transport and utility networks,
including distributed energy production, storage and delivery technologies.
VTT is also an expert in assessing the consequences of climate change,
particularly with respect to impact on structures, buildings, districts and
utility networks. We also develop measures to mitigate the impact of climate