Projects by Research Areas

Sustainability

CarbonOFF (2009-2011)

Carbon OFF research project is an independent part of YIT's vast Off the Grid development project. Off the Grid development project focuses on creation of a model of a self-dependent society or community based on utilization of local environment. In Carbon OFF research scheme, consumer carbon footprints are calculated on city level and on community level for estimating the opportunities for low-carbon urban development.

LOCO - Tools for Low Carbon Neighborhood Construction (2011-2014)

The aim of the LOCO research project was to study the premises of sustainableneighborhoods from the perspective of  carbon footprints. The focus in the project is on new residential developments, where the emissions from construction to living and consumption activities of the residents are taken into account. As the result of LOCO, researchers suggest a few steps for improving sustainability of neighborhoods and communities. MALTTI carbon footprint assessment tool created in the LOCO project is designed for strategic level neighborhood development and is best used in side of other urban development tools. MALTTI includes the same holistic viewpoint into neighborhood level carbon footprints that was the initial idea of the LOCO research project. MALTTI is a open source software using MIT license. You can download MALTTI files here. Installation instructions can be found here. Aalto University doesn't offer any MALTTI support.

 

Innovation

SBI -Sustainable Business Innovations (2010-2012)

The climate mitigation and energy saving potential in the built environment has been recognized to be the greatest of all sectors in society during the last 5 to 10 years. However, there have been, in practice, no major disruptive new business innovations in the area. At the same time, many countries, including Finland, are investing forcefully public and private funds on climate mitigation at large. Surprisingly, there has hardly been any systematic analysis of sustainable business innovations in built environment, such as, what the characteristics of the successful sustainability innovations are in the built environment? Built environment with its numerous connections to public and other stakeholders has a considerably different business environment compared with most of the other industries. Current approach presents a problem, namely if the overall investments in the area are so huge, it would be vital for small nations, e.g. Finland, to focus the funding on those projects which have the highest potential for succeeding to penetrate on actual markets.

Ketterä Korjaus (2009-2011)

The purpose of this research is to rethink the “suburb challenge” and to innovate a value creation strategy for the “concrete suburbs. The project will present a Urban Redevelopment Concept (URC) that tries to maximize the value of renovations to the users and owners of the buildings. The URC recognizes the multi stakeholder environment of urban innovations and presents a new process based on Urban Design Management thinking. The new concepts tests the role and requirements of an external urban manager, as well as,  a new financing approach based on logics of investment markets instead of traditional loan and credit markets.

 

Value

Induspace (2009-11)

The main objective of this research project is to gain more understanding on the industrial space as the research object. The project focuses around four main themes: usability, health & safety, added value of real estate in industrial environment and virtual modeling. The main goals of the research are novel space concepts, which have significant impacts on the productivity, usability and well-being in factories now and in the future by user-orientated design.

Preferences  (2008-10)

The main aim of this study is to understand the office space users' and occupier organizations' preferences and needs from the user experience perspective. The aim is to increase knowledge on the space preferences, needs and experiences amongst different office space user segments by developing tools and methods for analyzing and evaluating the users' preferences. The results and end products benefits Finnish real estate sector by providing comprehensive tools and methods for evaluating their customers, occupiers' and users', space preferences. The research expand academic knowledge about how current business trends influence on office markets and how the physical, virtual and social elements of space interact with each others. The research views space as a user interface, which is created through user experience and preferences.

Added value of CREM (2003-5)

If the primary aim of corporations is to the wealth of the owners, then all activities and functions, including real estate, should be managed to help achieve this goal.  However, too often firms merely focus on real estate costs, not all the value adding opportunities property provides.  Part of the reason for this problem is that real estate decisions have both direct and indirect impacts, tangible and intangible effects on the firm's performance.  Corporate real estate managers need better ways to illustrate, measure, and report to the corporate leaders how they add value.  This research project focuses on how real estate strategies could add value to the core business with associated operating decisions, providing corporate real estate managers with a tool to illustrate to the corporate officers how real estate adds value to the firm.

ARVO – LeanREB (2009-11)

This research project applies the principles of lean management to real estate business. The goal is to improve the productivity of real estate business companies. The focus is on value flows and value creation processes of service companies in the field of real estate business. The main aim of the project is to understand how to create value for the customer and, thus, improve the performance of the companies. The project delivers a new management framework for real estate business (LeanREB framework).

LeanGreen (2009-11)

The project aims to develop a framework for the climate related services of the partner organization. Once the framework is established, the project seeks to add value and profitability to the climate services by incorporating lean management into all processes. Finally, the profitability of the climate services will be simulated using the developed value creation model.

Additionally, the project will provide the partner organization with tools for the easy adoption of two of the requirements incorporated into the LEED environmental certification system (alternative commuting plan and energy efficiency).

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