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BRF Viva – Positive Footprint housing

In 2019, Brf Viva was announced the Environmental Building of the Year in Sweden Green Building Awards. Brf Viva has been built to become Sweden’s most sustainable and innovative housing project.

Solar power systems, energy storage, heat recovery from ventilation (FTX), car and electric cycle pools, distance workplaces and resource-efficient construction in climate-smart concrete are all ingredients that leads the way towards sustainable living.

The project will result in increased environmental, social and economic sustainability, where the gained insights and lessons will get their first practical application at the Housing Association Viva, with 132 apartments in Guldheden, next to Chalmers campus area in Gothenburg. The name Viva means to live and reflects sustainable living, which is being developed in and around the neighbourhood.

Energy storage in the Viva housing association is part of the research project Riksbyggen Positive Footprint Housing. There is also a connection to a testbed for electric public transport (ElectriCity) since through energy storage in used bus batteries (supported by the EU project IRIS Smart Cities).

Some examples of innovations in Brf Viva:

– Studio flats – new housing association flats for SEK 95,000
– Repurposing of bus batteries as solar energy storage
– Innovative mobility solutions that enable living without owning a car, for example special bicycle parking lots
– Mobility as a service, an app will make it easier for people to combine different modes of transport, such as bicycle, carpool and public transport
– Ecosystem Service Analysis
– New more durable concrete with 30% less CO2 emissions
– Environmental building Gold certification

The unique thing about Brf Viva is the future housing solutions in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability on a full-scale level, even those that have never been tested before in housing projects in Sweden.

The project was initiated by Riksbyggen in collaboration with, among others, Johanneberg Science Park, Chalmers University of Technology, The University of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, the City of Gothenburg and RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden.

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