Urban transformation in Kiruna subject of the research project Attract. Photo Kjell-Åke Halldén View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Attractive research gets more money

Published: 17 November 2014

Research at Luleå University of Technology, directly linked to the structural transitions in Gällivare and Kiruna, get an additional 20 million of research funding from VINNOVA. It's R & D projects previously achieved good results given new financing. Such is the "Attract" at Luleå University.

The project is attractive and sustainable habitats in cold climates (Attract), which Luleå University of Technology is the project manager for, continues to be supported by VINNOVA to further develop and test solutions on a larger scale. Aiming to make it possible to build sustainable, attractive low energy and outdoor environments in a cold climate, including so-called passive.

- We are very happy that we now have to continue the long-term work jointly with the municipalities and companies developing products and services for attractive and sustainable communities in cold climates. Eg we will evaluate the northernmost passive house, which was built in Kiruna as a direct result of the consortium that created within Attract. In Gällivare we will, among other things to jointly develop a so-called vitplan, to better plan cities for winter conditions, says Lena Goldkuhl, project coordinator.

Attract include social, economic, ecological and technical aspects of sustainable community development with a focus on attractive and sustainable housing in cold climates.

- The best thing about this project is that a large number of parties working together to achieve this. Some 40 scientists from the University, some 20 companies and Gällivare and Kiruna municipalities involved in the project, says Lena Goldkuhl.