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Sustainable Järva

Sustainable Järva, Stockholm Sweden

This project shows how deep energy renovations can be combined with a social enhancement of a segregated housing area. By combining social efforts and reducing energy needs by half, both goals could be met in an efficient way. 

‘Sustainable Järva’ is a pilot project to refurbish old housing stock in a Stockholm suburb.

The project contributed to Stockholm’s overall goal of becoming fossil free by 2040 by retrofitting seven residential buildings from the 60s and 70s between 2010 and 2014. The deep retrofititng reduced energy consumption in the refurbished housing from 180kWh/m2 to 90kWh/m2. The pilot project covered seven residential buildings from the 1960s and 70s, and has been used to determine how the city can best achieve its 2040 goal.

The idea was to create a model of sustainability that addresses environmental and energy efficiency concerns, but also preserves the unique cultural and historic character of an area. The local housing company has a total of 5,200 apartments to refurbish by 2020 and will use the experience gained through the pilot project to optimise its approach and techniques.

Järva is a mixed neighbourhood of around 60,000 inhabitants, of whom 80% are of immigrant background. There is high unemployment, and the majority of residents live in the suburb’s 25,400 apartments. Part of the project’s success depended on involving local residents, and before each renovation, every household is invited to meet the architects and building mangers to ensure there is a collaborative agreement on the changes to come.

The project involves several city departments, as well as municipal housing companies, city property owner associations, and local residents. To guarantee a sustainable outcome, the city also launched ‘Järva Dialog’, a programme gathering the opinions of some 100,000 residents. There is also a focus on renewable energy sources, with 10,000m2 of solar panels installed on 40 roofs, that contribute energy for stairwell lighting, lifts, ventilation systems and laundry rooms.

With 200 million Europeans currently living in similar 60s and 70s building stock, the goal is that Stockholm’s project can become an example of good practice both at home and internationally.


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09 Aug 2016