A resource efficient community
– Hökarängen, Stockholm
During refurbishment, property owners focus mainly on building renovation and installations in their quest for greater energy efficiency. People who live and work in the area are often omitted from the equation despite being a determining factor . Individual behaviour has a significant impact on resource usage; electricity and hot water usage, waste recycling and minimizing, transportation and travel.
The project will create inspiring and repeatable examples of how the people who live and/or work in a local community can influence resource efficiency. It will address the issue of how property owners, residents and those who work the neighbourhood can cooperate to reduce energy and other resource usage, and their travel. Over 10 collaborative projects (in the areas of energy visualization, local energy production, car pooling, encouraging cycling, reuse of furniture/-clothing etc, recycling of food waste, educational workshops and information systems) will be assessed from a behavioural perspective.
This three year project will be conducted in the Stockholm suburb of Hökarängen as the housing company, Stockholmshem, carry out extensive energy and waste/recycling measures in buildings and installations. Hökarängen is a typical area from the fifties with approximately 8500 residents. As a result, energy usage will be reduced by over 35 percent. The work focuses not only on energy usage but also on reducing the carbon emissions. Reductions are estimated at 40-50%, equivalent to 2,000 to 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide.