Sustainable Ålidhem in Umeå is a unique project for sustainable urban development which includes social, technical, environmental and economical aspects. The overall objective of the project is to reduce energy use in the area, create a more comfortable and safe environment and transform Ålidhem to a sustainable neighborhood.
The main objective is to half the use of energy in the area. On the roofs of Matematikgränd and Geografigränd photovoltaic-cells (pv-cells) have been built by Bostaden and Umeå Energi. Today we have 2650 square meters of pv-cells, producing around 350 000 kWh each year.
New ventilation and heat recovery
Sustainable Ålidhem includes about 542 apartments, of which 137 are new constructions. The buildings are provided with new ventilation with heat recovery and energy-efficient LED lights. Individual metering and billing of electricity and hot and cold water is also installed in the new apartments.
Umeå has a relatively cold climate, but the district heating in the area is well developed and is currently 99 percent fossil free. To reduce energy use washing machines are connected to the district heating system, have been installed in the buildings. In this way, the district heating is used in a new way.
The winter garden
The winter garden is a green meeting place in many ways. It has beautiful green vegetation on the inside, a soft carpet of sedum on the roof and it is built with a focus on sustainability. Inside temperature is kept comfortable with reused return heat from the low-energy houses next door and the electricity used in the winter garden is produced by pv-cells on the roof of the building next door. A display shows the consumption of hot water and energy in real time. All buildings in the neighborhood are built to use a maximumof 65 kWh/m2/year.
Rooms of opportunities
The winter garden is an energy-efficient venue to be used primarily by the residents of the newly built neighborhood and the surrounding area. The winter garden is equipped with modern technology. Bostaden offers wireless internet access and there are five different screens. The room can thus be used for many different activities.
Sustainable Ålidhem has received many awards such as Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2013, category Living, Environmental Award 2013, city of Umeå, National Energy Globe Award 2014 and from Sustainable Innovation in 2014.
Find us: Geografigränd 2
Visiting: All year
Duration: 2 hours
Languages: Swedish & English