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Virtual Nordic Innovation Series: Sustainable Urban Development

Date & Time

Thu, Jan 27, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am PST

Location

This is a virtual event

The third program of the Nordic Innovation Series will explore sustainable urban development in Sweden and Washington State with an emphasis on mass timber construction. Panelists will speak on measures undertaken by their organizations—a government-sponsored research agency, a Stockholm-based real estate developer, a Seattle-based architecture firm, and a land conservation organization—to explore new timber technologies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote environmentally-friendly practices in the building sector.

The third program of the Nordic Innovation Series will explore sustainable urban development in Sweden and Washington State with an emphasis on mass timber construction. Panelists will speak on measures undertaken by their organizations—a government-sponsored research agency, a Stockholm-based real estate developer, a Seattle-based architecture firm, and a land conservation organization—to explore new timber technologies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote environmentally-friendly practices in the building sector.

About the Panelist

Carina Carlman works in the Built Environment Unit of the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). RISE is a state-owned research institute, which ensures the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contributes to a sustainable society.

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Carina Carlman works in the Built Environment Unit of the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). RISE is a state-owned research institute, which ensures the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contributes to a sustainable society.

About the Panelist

Johan Knaust is the founder and CEO of K2A - the green real estate company. The company was founded in 2013 and has as its business model to own, develop and manage rental housing with a focus on well-planned, space-efficient and sustainable housing.

K2A is active in all parts of the value chain, from the development of housing concepts to customer-friendly management of the completed apartments. Today, K2A has about 3,500 homes in management and the goal is to have 10,000 homes in management by 2025.

 K2A owns two wooden house factories for the production of wooden apartment units for rational production with low climate impact. A number of self-developed climate-smart and energy-efficient basic apartments for use in various combinations form the basis for all homes that are built. K2A's production is environmentally certified according to the Nordic Ecolabel.

 Sustainability is included in every part of K2A's value chain and the goal is for K2A to become climate positive by 2027. By 2020, K2A was the first company in the world to classify the company's shares as green. As one of the first companies on Nasdaq, K2A qualifies to receive green labeling according to Nasdaq Green Equity Designation.

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About the Panelist

Johan Knaust is the founder and CEO of K2A - the green real estate company. The company was founded in 2013 and has as its business model to own, develop and manage rental housing with a focus on well-planned, space-efficient and sustainable housing.

K2A is active in all parts of the value chain, from the development of housing concepts to customer-friendly management of the completed apartments. Today, K2A has about 3,500 homes in management and the goal is to have 10,000 homes in management by 2025.

 K2A owns two wooden house factories for the production of wooden apartment units for rational production with low climate impact. A number of self-developed climate-smart and energy-efficient basic apartments for use in various combinations form the basis for all homes that are built. K2A's production is environmentally certified according to the Nordic Ecolabel.

 Sustainability is included in every part of K2A's value chain and the goal is for K2A to become climate positive by 2027. By 2020, K2A was the first company in the world to classify the company's shares as green. As one of the first companies on Nasdaq, K2A qualifies to receive green labeling according to Nasdaq Green Equity Designation.

About the Panelist

Tobias Levey serves as Forterra's VP of Transactions and Fund Manager for the Forterra Strong Communities Fund. The Transactions Team implemented the conservation acquisition of 21,000 acres of wild, working forest and farm lands over 71 transactions from 2018 through 2021, and the design and engineering of a prototype Cross Laminated Timber multifamily affordable housing unit. In 2022, the team will continue the deployment of Forterra’s Strong Communities Fund, a cutting edge approaches to Social Impact Capital. Focus projects include the Ancestral Lands Fund, the Darrington Wood Innovation Center and greenfield developments in Tukwila, Tacoma, Roslyn and Hamilton.

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About the Panelist

Tobias Levey serves as Forterra's VP of Transactions and Fund Manager for the Forterra Strong Communities Fund. The Transactions Team implemented the conservation acquisition of 21,000 acres of wild, working forest and farm lands over 71 transactions from 2018 through 2021, and the design and engineering of a prototype Cross Laminated Timber multifamily affordable housing unit. In 2022, the team will continue the deployment of Forterra’s Strong Communities Fund, a cutting edge approaches to Social Impact Capital. Focus projects include the Ancestral Lands Fund, the Darrington Wood Innovation Center and greenfield developments in Tukwila, Tacoma, Roslyn and Hamilton.

About the Panelist

Susan Jones is a Seattle architect and founder of atelierjones. She is driving new pathways within architecture, advancing new lower carbon, mass timber systems by designing and building prototypes at multiple scales, girded by her leadership in multiple international collaborations to create change at scale and insure rigor on multiple levels. Her solely woman-owned architectural firm, atelierjones, designs mass timber prefabricated single-family houses and urban infill residential to as well as large, mass timber middle-income residential buildings which specifically advance new building codes to allow lower carbon construction that Susan helped craft and guide through the ICC Tall Wood Building Code regulatory processes. Her prolific work over the last nine years to advance and restructure the carbon intensive construction industry towards lower carbon materials is an exemplary example for the role that architects can play to innovate at all scales, and urgently lower our carbon footprint. She regularly partakes in rich, cross-disciplinary dialogues from the local to the international to help understand and better promote sustainable forest practices and manages her own family-owned 140-acre forest in the San Juan islands.

A third-generation native of the Pacific Northwest, Susan grew up in Bellingham, and has raised her family in Seattle. She earned her B.A from Stanford in Philosophy, and her M.Arch from the Harvard GSD. Licensed in multiple states, she has been a visiting design critic at numerous universities, and is Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. Susan was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010, and has been working for architects since she was sixteen.

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About the Panelist

Susan Jones is a Seattle architect and founder of atelierjones. She is driving new pathways within architecture, advancing new lower carbon, mass timber systems by designing and building prototypes at multiple scales, girded by her leadership in multiple international collaborations to create change at scale and insure rigor on multiple levels. Her solely woman-owned architectural firm, atelierjones, designs mass timber prefabricated single-family houses and urban infill residential to as well as large, mass timber middle-income residential buildings which specifically advance new building codes to allow lower carbon construction that Susan helped craft and guide through the ICC Tall Wood Building Code regulatory processes. Her prolific work over the last nine years to advance and restructure the carbon intensive construction industry towards lower carbon materials is an exemplary example for the role that architects can play to innovate at all scales, and urgently lower our carbon footprint. She regularly partakes in rich, cross-disciplinary dialogues from the local to the international to help understand and better promote sustainable forest practices and manages her own family-owned 140-acre forest in the San Juan islands.

A third-generation native of the Pacific Northwest, Susan grew up in Bellingham, and has raised her family in Seattle. She earned her B.A from Stanford in Philosophy, and her M.Arch from the Harvard GSD. Licensed in multiple states, she has been a visiting design critic at numerous universities, and is Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. Susan was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010, and has been working for architects since she was sixteen.

About the Moderator

Johan Strand develops multifamily housing in all shapes from affordable to market rate through family owned JSRE. JSRE combines global experience with local knowledge to create sustainable, Scandinavian designed homes. 

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About the Moderator

Johan Strand develops multifamily housing in all shapes from affordable to market rate through family owned JSRE. JSRE combines global experience with local knowledge to create sustainable, Scandinavian designed homes. 

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