Varis Bokalders and Maria Block are architects based in
Stockholm that have for decades studied the possibilities for the
implementation of a more sustainable and healthy construction,
knowledge that they have compiled in the book "The Whole Building
Handbook" ("Byggekologi" in the Swedish version), a complete
overview of ecological construction translated into several
The book goes through all the aspects of the building:
from the adaptation to the place, the ecological cycles, how to use
our resources efficiently, to the choice of installations and
materials for the different parts of the building.
Varis Bokalders is one of the main experts in Sweden in
ecological construction. He has extensively taught and lectured in
Sweden and abroad and teaches regularly in KTH,
Maria Block runs her own studio Block Arkitektkontor,
specialized in sustainable and healthy construction, free of
chemicals and hazardous products. She works extensively with wood
in the different parts of the building, her work includes including
projects in Northern Sweden.
On 29/3 Varis Bokalders will
go through the whole structure of the book focusing in energy,
cycles, ventilation and choice of materials, showing solutions and
examples from Sweden and abroad.
Time: 10:30-12:00 /
13:00-14:00 / 14:30-17:00
10:30-12:00 Intro to Building Ecology. Eco-Cycles
Ventilation, Heating- & Cooling Systems, Water & Sewage.
13.00-14:00 Close to Zero Energy Houses (Passive Houses etc.).
Climate shell, Windows/doors, air tightness.
14.30-17:00 Materials. Criteria for Selection of Materials.
Hazardous Chemicals. Life- Cycle Analysis. Conclusions and
On 5/4 Maria Block will
focus on wood as a sustainable material and will talk from the
point of view of the practice and the construction through her own
09:30-10:30 Wood as a sustainable material in front of
Concrete and Steel. 10.45-12.00 Building sustainable in wood.
Examples: Villa Balaton, in Sollentuna, apartment blocks at
Lusthusbacken in Piteå, Ekostudio.
All lectures are free and open for students, staff and the