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ENERGY GLOBE Award 2014: National award Sweden

15. May 2014

AB Bostaden i Umeå takes home the national award for their city district transformation project

"Today is the time to understand that the global existence is depending on everyone’s actions!" Ann-Sofi Tapani, National Energy Globe Winner Sweden, who was in charge of making the transformation of the city district Ålidhem a role model for sustainable energy use.

"We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition." says Austrian Trade Commissioner Albrecht Zimburg, who will hand over the award during a ceremony in Umeå on May, 22nd.

A large fire in an apartment building in 2008 became the starting point for AB Bostaden’s transformation of Ålidhem into a more sustainable city district with a safer, more pleasant environment, and a lower use of energy. The overall aim of the Sustainable Ålidhem project is to cut the energy use of the area in half and to reduce the use of electricity, fossil fuels and household waste. The on-going evaluations show that the total energy use of the pilot house could be reduced by 44%, while in the new buildings an energy reduction of about 60% and a decrease of household waste by 32% were achieved so far. The estimated result is a total reduction of energy use in the area by 4000 MWh/year and a decrease of CO2 emissions by 2000 tons/year. The strategy is to use well-proven energy efficiency measures and minute evaluation to get a maximum effect without causing gentrification.

Sustainable Ålidhem features 137 new low-energy apartments, individual real time display of electricity and water use, a winter garden, washing machines heated by district heating and retrofitting of 405 apartments in the area. The implementation of real-time display of electricity, hot and cold water consumption in all of the new apartments, was meant to contribute to making people more aware of how their behaviour actually effects the total consumption of energy. One of the project’s challenges was to find a balance between technical possibilities and the impact on costs and economy for both the tenants and the company.
Furthermore, a large PV-plant is on track which will produce more electricity than planned, covering approximately one third of the buildings’ electricity used in the area. Ann-Sofi Tapani, a graduate from social and economic planning and currently CEO of the public housing and real estate company AB Bostaden, has been engaged in the question of how our environment is influenced by our way of living for decades. Under her guidance, the project Sustainable Ålidhem won the Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2013 in the category “Living”.