Nunavik houses

Housing and Energy Transition in Nunavik: A Better Understanding of Human, Technical and Environmental Issues

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The main objective of the project is to advance the state of knowledge on efficient and sustainable residential building to foster Nunavik's energy transition by and for local communities. The current energy supply is based on fossil fuels. From an energy transition perspective, our project focuses on the role of housing in this transformation.

The project is structured in three axes, namely :

  1. Understanding how Nunavimmiut envision and participate in the energy transition, particularly in relation to their housing, from a perspective of social acceptability. This work will be done through interviews and codesign activities;

  2. Developing and integrating innovative fenestration solutions to achieve more energy-efficient housing in Nunavik, given that this is the weakest link in the envelope of existing buildings. This work will be carried out through numerical simulations and in situ measurements;

  3. Adapting life cycle analyses related to energy and housing by taking into account the specificities of Nunavik, including life-cycle and land use. This work will make it possible to better judge the environmental impacts of solutions in the context of Nunavik.


Ultimately, the project will provide data, tools and guidelines for more energy-efficient design, operation and life-cycle of housing in Nunavik.


Société d'habitation du Québec
Transition énergétique Québec

Research Priorities

Priority 1 - Societies and Culture
Priority 4 - Infrastructure and Technology
Priority 5 - Natural Resources
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