The Sustainable community technology programme will invest EUR 100 million in the development of sustainable and energy efficient areas and buildings. The real estate and construction sector plays a key role in promoting the objectives of sustainable development, due to its environmental impacts and significance to the national economy. The proportion of energy consumption by buildings amounts to as much as 40%in Finland. In addition, where and how communities are built affects consumption and environmental loading. Land use planning - the location of jobs, housing and services - has a major effect on the need for mobility and the environmental impacts of traffic. In turn, the standard of construction has a major impact on the use of energy during both the construction process and the lifetime of a building. The Sustainable community technology programme will encourage Finnish research institutes, universities and companies to engage in international collaboration by exchanging information and networking companies and research groups. The programme will provide opportunities for ambitious R&D projects and develop business expertise and international cooperation. It will serve as a gateway to best researcher groups and innovative R&D companies in Finland.