The negative impact of the construction industry on the climate is well documented. Nevertheless, we are positive about the future of the industry. What is needed is a radical shift to building with minimal climate impact. It is about making better use of existing assets, using renewable, bio-based and local building materials, and securing the use of renewable energy sources. What gives us hope is that we have proven that this can be done without compromising the design.


Carbon neutral buildings – long-term value for you

The construction sector has aims to be carbon-neutral, but to achieve this, the carbon footprint of buildings must be drastically reduced today. Carbon neutral buildings have a low carbon footprint, are flexible and stand the test of time. They are the buildings of the future – today. They are attractive and enable access to green finance, help you to achieve your sustainability goals, strengthen your brand, and – not least – are the way forward to achieve global climate goals. A safe and long-term, sustainable investment.


Process Leadership

We guide you through the entire process from idea to finished building to ensure the lowest possible climate impact. Together we set a climate budget and sustainability strategy that is continuously monitored throughout the process. We have the experience, skills and tools required to help you define and realise your carbon neutral/net-zero projects.

Related services
– Climate Coordinator
Digital Sustainability

Choice of materials

Cherish what exists and build for the future. To minimise our climate impact, we need to make the most of the planet’s resources. This is best done by creating circular architecture through reuse, transformation and by using local and renewable materials such as wood. When we create something new, it should be flexible and demountable for future reuse.

Related services
Timber construction
– Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

Energy solutions

The buildings of the future need to give as much as they take – and when it comes to energy, we have the tools and skills to do it today. By designing buildings for minimum energy demand and maximum energy production, through e.g., building-integrated photovoltaics, we can secure the building’s long term energy needs.

Related services
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Positive Energy Districts (PED)
– Energy by Design

How to achieve carbon neutrality – step by step

We offer services throughout your process so that you can achieve carbon neutrality in your projects in a cost- and time-efficient way.

Here we describe step by step how we achieve a successful and cost-effective result:

Climate coordinator for an integrated process: To reduce the climate impact of a project and achieve carbon neutrality we need to define a clear target at an early stage. All participating actors need to work together in an integrated collaborative process with continuous follow-up throughout the project.

We work as climate coordinators throughout the project, directly with the customer or integrated into the architectural assignment and take overall responsibility for running an efficient process that leads to the best long-term result.

Climate goals and CO2 budget: A key to achieving the goal of carbon neutrality is to establish a carbon budget for materials and energy early in the project. It shows the climate impact and balancing measures in the same way that a financial budget shows costs and revenues. In this way, we can ensure that each stage – from the first sketch through design procurement, operation (and eventual deconstruction) – is balanced so that the total climate impact is zero. The climate debt should be amortised over 50 years.

Optimise, calculate and balance: It is important to lay the foundation for a low climate impact right from the first sketches. Energy needs can be reduced by optimising building volumes, form, orientation, and envelope, and by choosing energy-efficient technical systems and renewable energy solutions.

All building projects have a climate impact throughout their lifecycle, from the production of materials to the conversion or demolition of the building. In a carbon-neutral building, greenhouse gas emissions are minimised at all stages, from materials and production to operation. The remaining emissions can be balanced so that the climate impact over time is zero. If you build with wood, you can capitalise on the wood’s ability to store carbon, and if you have solar panels or other renewable energy, this compensates for the building’s emissions.

Climate declarations (in Sweden):. Since January 2022 in Sweden there has been a requirement for climate declarations for all building projects, which must report emissions from certain materials and the construction phase. White presents an extended climate declaration, by also including energy use and balancing strategies.

The final climate declaration is registered with the Swedish National Board of Housing (Boverket) after completion of the building.

Active climate- and cost management: When working with a climate budget in the assignment, it is not a long step to link it to the financial budget. By actively working with climate impact assessment and cost management during the various stages of the project, a clear basis is created for making the right decisions that ensure low climate impact, but in relation to the project’s financial framework.

What is a carbon-neutral project?

There are several definitions of what a carbon-neutral or “net-zero” project is – but in general, it refers to a building or development whose carbon emissions from the manufacture of materials, energy use during operation and construction production are balanced with renewable energy, carbon storage or other measures.

We offer services throughout the design and construction process so that you can achieve carbon neutrality in your projects in a cost- and time-efficient way.


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Anna Graaf

Anna Graaf

Sustainability specialist, Sustainability director


+46 31 60 86 28

Rickard Nygren

Rickard Nygren



+46 8 402 25 29

Keith Boxer

Keith Boxer



Anna Lisa McSweeney

Anna Lisa McSweeney



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