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    9000 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile


SARC aims to develop sustainable built environments that enrich human life.


SARC researches the design of sustainable architecture while integrating concerns for environment, climate, energy and materials with the purpose of strengthening the quality of human life.


SARC regards integrated design as a cornerstone in research, education and practice and aims to fully integrate engineering aspects in architectural approaches. SARC is critical towards the division of technical and aesthetical mindsets in the building practice and researches to integrate all relevant aspects of building also in early design phases. SARC works inter-disciplinary often with mixed methods. 

SARC applies a human-centered approach to architecture with the aim of enhancing health and quality of life in built environments. SARC researches human use and psychophysiological impacts of buildings while addressing multi-sensuous qualities moving science to the field of aesthetics. SARC addresses human beings as capable agents in sustainable development and researches user-centered design and building operation.

SARC works environmentally and regards climate and urban context as main drivers of building design. SARC researches climate mitigation and adaption of build environments; design of micro climates and exergy conditions and acknowledges that architectural integration of water and greenery in dense urban space will improve the city as human and natural environment.

SARC aims for architecture that is ambitious concerning energy efficiency and for indoor environments enriched by the changing forces of light and climate. SARC researches to develop architecture as a passive means of comfortable indoor environments, sustainable human activity and fossil free building operation. SARC researches to integrate active energy systems in the architectural approach and outcome.

SARC regards building as a long-term dynamic flow of material resource. SARC researches life cycle-oriented tactics of applying materials and components to architecture and to make the constructions support passive strategies of energy and climate meeting sustainable certification standards. SARC researches environmental tectonics to develop tactile, acoustic and visual qualities of architecture.

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Lighting Engineering & Materials Science
Facades Engineering & Materials Science
Office buildings Engineering & Materials Science
Education Engineering & Materials Science
Decision making Engineering & Materials Science
Thermal comfort Engineering & Materials Science
Energy utilization Engineering & Materials Science
Students Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Output 1995 2021

A comparative monitoring study of the indoor and outdoor heat stress in four different urban settings in Cairo: Current and future scenarios

Dabaieh, M., 2020, (In preparation) 35th PLEA CONFERENCE SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN Planning : Post Carbon Cities. University of Murcia and University of Coruna

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingResearchpeer-review

A Review of adaptive Architecture in changing temperate Climates

Poulsen, M., Lauring, G. M. & Brunsgaard, C., 2020, In : Journal of Green Building. 15 , 2, 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Federal Ministry

Zero Energy Residential Unit (ZERU).

Marwa Dabaieh (Recipient), 21 Mar 2018

Prize: Other prizes

Activities 2004 2020

16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (Event)

Runa T. Hellwig (Member)
20 Jul 202024 Jul 2020

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

BEYOND 2020 - World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE) (Event)

Runa T. Hellwig (Member)
9 Jun 202011 Jun 2020

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

Windsor Conference 2020 (Event)

Runa T. Hellwig (Member)
2020 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

Press / Media

Man kan lukke øjnene, men man kan ikke lukke ørerne

Isak Worre Foged


1 item of Media coverage

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Vildt flot eller udørk? BudolfiPlads deler vandene

Lars Brorson Fich


2 items of Media coverage

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Anmeldelser af arkitektur på vej i NORDJYSKE

Lars Brorson Fich


5 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media