GreenBuilding aims to enhance energy efficiency in premises. To earn approval, the energy requirement of a new building should be at least 25 percent below the applicable energy standards of the country. Skanska has decided that all new proprietarily developed commercial premises should meet the standards of both GreenBuilding and LEED.
The GreenBuilding program is an EU initiative and, in Sweden, the Sweden GreenBuilding Council (GBC) is responsible for coordinating the project, which is co-funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. A GreenBuilding is approved by the Sweden GBC as an independent third party.
Low energy requirements
To be classed as a GreenBuilding, the structure in question must use 25 percent less energy than the standard stipulated in the country. For Sweden, the building’s measured energy requirement must not exceed 75 percent of the energy requirement set in the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning’s (Boverket) Building Regulations (BBR). For existing buildings, energy use must be 25 percent lower than prior to renovation. Verification following completion and occupancy is necessary to ensure that the requirements have been fulfilled. This provides confirmation for the property owner that the measured energy use coincides with the estimated value.
Energy management system
It is also necessary for the company to have an energy management system for the building detailing how the operational phase and monitoring of the energy requirement will be carried out. An action plan is prepared and a report on energy use is submitted annually to the Swedish Property Federation. A company can submit an application for a GreenBuilding as early as in the planning phase.
Reduced carbon emissions and climate impact
The lower energy consumption of a GreenBuilding results in reduced carbon emissions and climate impact. It is also advantageous to review the type of energy used. One of the benefits of GreenBuilding is that it puts the focus on energy. An effective energy management system stimulates continuous reductions in energy use, which in turn leads to lower operational costs.
The best buildings can also be nominated in the GreenBuilding Awards, with prizes for best energy-conservation work.
GreenBuilding Partner, two levels
A company that is a GreenBuilding Partner can decide itself the extent of its participation. It could involve one or several existing buildings; new or renovated in the past five years. As a GreenBuilding Partner, the company can participate at two levels:
- Corporate level: More than 30 percent of the company’s buildings in Europe will be inventoried and included in the action plan. For new builds, at least 75 percent of all projects should meet GreenBuilding standards.
- Property level: One or more of the company’s buildings are selected to be inventoried and included in the action plan.
Skanska has decided that all new proprietarily developed commercial premises shall meet both GreenBuilding and LEED standards. Skanska is both a GreenBuilding Partner and a GreenBuilding Endorser. Skanska’s property development operation is a partner at corporate level.
A GreenBuilding Endorser means that we as a contractor have the expertise to support the customer’s efforts to attain GreenBuilding status and support the practical work involved in becoming a GreenBuilding Partner. We will help you to implement the action plan that has been developed.
A few examples of Skanska’s GreenBuilding-classed projects in Sweden are Hagaporten III in Solna, Sturegatan 1 in Sundbyberg, the prison in Sollentuna and the central hospital in Karlstad.