Stockholm sets out plans to improve sustainability of its buildings

The city of Stockholm is unveiling plans to improve the sustainability performance of its buildings by increasing its use of building assessment method BREEAM.

In 2015, the city plans to have assessed and certified a total of 100 buildings across its entire portfolio, more than doubling the amount of certified buildings.

According to Building Research Establishment (BRE), Stockholm is now the largest municipality user of the scheme across the whole of Europe.

Last year, the city authority certified more than 30 buildings under BREEAM In-Use International, which was launched in June last year.

Buildings certified under BREEAM In-Use in 2013 include, City Hall of Stockholm, Stockholm City Museum and the city's public library.

Stockholm's Real Estate Administration director Juan Copoví-Mena said: "BREEAM In-Use is a system that is well suited for our large and diverse property portfolio, which includes many old buildings with cultural values that require special consideration."

Director of BREEAM at BRE Global Gavin Dunn added: "This represents a major commitment by a leading European city, which, we believe will lead to positive benefits in terms of reduced energy use, less use of water and other resources, better environments for tenants and users of the buildings".

BREEAM's sustainability director Martin Townsend will be speaking on energy efficiency in building design at this year's Sustainability Live in April.

Leigh Stringer


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