Profile of Mr Lauri Lihtmaa Estonian University of Life Sciences

Lauri Lihtmaa

General research interests

My interests are generally related with the impact of the built environment and ecoplanning. My approach to the ecoplanning is more on the detail level of the urban planning. One part of my studies is technical concerning the green performance of the buildings. Second part is social related to the readiness of the people to embrace the ecological thinking within buildings. As more people are living in urban environment, I am especially interested how to motivate real estate developers and local governments to promote green solutions for cities. Local communities have a very important role to play in urban resilience.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Sustainability Assessment of the Built Environment

PhD Abstract

In my PhD research I study different green building rating systems in order to understand how to use the system with local planning. In Estonia we have only one label for the building – energy mark. Soon we are implementing the green building mark like BREEAM. My hypothesis is that using green building mark by creating the construction rights in local planning will reduce the environmental impact. If so, the key to implement the green mark in planning is on the hands of the community who has the power to force the local government to set new building standards for the developers.

Latest deposited documents

Strategies in widespread implementation of low impact and resource efficient measures in urban planning and construction image
Strategies in widespread implementation of low impact and resource efficient measures in urban planning and construction (June 2011)

Built environment has massive impact on our planet's biological capacity through the full lifecycles of the buildings. Our buildings require a lot...

Phd Worshop application form image
Phd Worshop application form (February 2011)

Apication form for PhD Workshop on june 2011