New constructions are constantly underway in Malmö. Jeanette Green makes sure that they are constructed and renovated in a sustainable way.

Sustainable urban development in focus

More and more people are living in the cities, which accelerates the demand for a sustainable development; regarding both the environment and economy, as well as social sustainability. This means that the cities need to develop in a way that makes it possible for its inhabitants to live a good life. Areas to consider are services, integration, building, meeting spaces, public transportation and recreational access.

Since a couple of years the IVL Malmö office is located in the creative and vibrant Västra hamnen district. The venture is part of IVL’s plans for growth and for further developing its R&D activities in the area sustainable urban development.

IVL is working in several large and often EU financed projects with focus on the renovation of old residential areas and the transformation of existing European city districts with high energy demands by turning them into energy efficient and climate smart districts. IVL has enjoyed a partnership with the City of Malmö for several years, in the form of a long series of projects centring on sustainable building. 

The west harbour in Malmö.

– That work has now been intensified and we have also found partnerships with several local and regional partners. Sustainable building is an expansive area in which IVL has a lot to offer. Our strength is our environmental evaluations and our systems perspective – all strengths that are interesting for our customers, says Jeanette Green, director of the Malmö office.

Local presence creates better opportunities for cooperation

The establishment of an office in Malmö and the proximity to the universities of Malmö and Lund means that IVL has achieved a better position to find competent personnel, in addition to new projects and relations.

– There are great value in being on the spot and being visible locally, especially when it comes to working with the municipalities and the various stakeholders in the construction industry, she says.

At present two large EU projects are being coordinated from the Malmö office; the projects Cityfied and Buildsmart. Cityfied is being conducted together with the Municipality of Lund, Lunds Kommuns Fastighetsbolag AB (LKF) and Kraftringen. The objective of the project is to achieve a 30 percent reduction in energy use in the homes in the 1970s built Linero district, and 93 percent fossil-free district heating.

– We’re making existing homes energy-efficient in a well thought-out process, primarily to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the area, without rents having to rise to pay for it. The idea is that we should come up with tools and processes that other cities can use to renovate existing buildings in a climate-smart way, says Jeanette Green.

Both hard and soft questions

A total of 379 apartments are to become energy effective within the project. The important work is being conducted over all areas and thus all the partners learn more about how to build energy efficient building and energy systems in a more cost effective way.

Cityfied is unique since landlords and the energy companies are cooperating with both the municipality and a research organisation; all within a project that looks at both energy supply and energy need at the same time. But there is another interesting development stage within the area of sustainable city development that many of IVL’s employees have started working on.

– Now that cities are becoming more energy-efficient and energy systems more sustainable, the way of how people move and behave are playing an increasingly important role. We have to look at both soft and hard issues at the same time. We cannot simply focus just on technological solutions, but also focus on social sustainability if we are to ensure that cities become both sustainable and attractive for people to live and exist in. Finally we must become better at influencing people’s behaviour in order to make sure that our cities becomes both sustainable and attractive to live in, says Jeanette Green.

Buildsmart measures and analyses energy consumption

The project Build Smart demonstrated techniques and methods to build houses in different European climate with low energy consumption, in accordance with the adopted EU Directive on the energy performance of buildings. The construction sector is currently responsible for a large part of energy consumption, and the construction and use of buildings accounts for 42 percent of the total energy consumption in the EU. The potential for energy efficiency in the housing sector is great.

IVL in Malmö are running the Buildsmart project in association with WSP and Swedish construction companies. In Sweden four demonstration projects are part of the project; Malmö Live, which consists of a hotel, a concert hall, offices and apartment buildings in central Malmo, as well as an apartment block and an office building in Hyllie on the outskirts of Malmö.

– IVL’s part of this project is to develop a common structure so the results of the measurements, analysis and the monitoring of energy consumption in buildings can be comparable in the different demo projects. Those who live in the buildings, or use them, can find out how the buildings actually work before they move in, and after the move they can see their energy consumption and how it changes depending on their own behaviour, says Carolina Faraguna at IVL's Malmö office.

IVL will also create a framework for how the project results will be anchored in the organizations that are participating in the project and how they then can be disseminated among stakeholders in the industry. An important work is also to identify the decision makers that can influence the choice of energy-efficient technologies, so that the dissemination of results and technologies can be supported.

For more information contact:
Jeanette Green,, phone. +46 (0)10-788 67 40

Interest in green solutions is increasing. Urban cultivation and green roofs are becoming common sights, but the very latest phenomenon is living walls. This can improve the air and climate quality and absorb traffic noise, says Jeanette Green.

About Cityfied

IVL participates in the EU project Cityfied that is developing strategies to transform existing European neighbourhoods with high energy requirements into the smart cities of the future.

Reducing energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time increasing the use of renewable energy is the aim of the project. Cityfied wants to achieve this by developing innovative technologies and new methods of renovating buildings and creating smart power grids, district heating networks and mobility.

Read more about Cityfied here.

About Buildsmart

IVL is participating in the project Buildsmart, where 13 organizations in Sweden, Ireland and Spain are working together to show that it is possible to construct buildings with significantly lower power consumption than today. The project has received SEK 50 million in grants from the EU.

Read more about Buildsmart here.