Cleantech Östergötland

Sustainable Housing and Construction Using Timber and Glass

Smart Housing Småland is an internationally leading innovation environment, developing smart and sustainable housing and construction solutions based on glass and timber.

Amid ongoing global urbanisation, there is an urgent need to build sustainable cities using eco-friendly construction and energy solutions with optimal use of natural resources. This has put the spotlight on timber and bio-based materials. Sweden has unique expertise and experience within timber and glass, and the region of Småland, in particular, is an excellent test and innovation area for internationally viable solutions. One example is Smart Housing Småland, an innovation environment that creates eco-friendly buildings using glass and wood. They also consider social sustainability aspects by creating inclusive communities and affordable housing.

Addressing several challenges at once

Smart Housing Småland addresses a number of challenges: the need for new housing, the need to maximise the use of space, and the need for buildings that are flexible, modern, energy efficient and low carbon. In collaboration with business, universities and the public, Smart Housing Småland creates smart living and a sustainably built environment through a combination of timber and glass. Its mission is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the Småland region by creating positive collaboration between all actors in society at both national and international level. This makes Smart Housing Småland a catalyst for new ideas and business opportunities.

Smart Housing Småland collaborates with a number of partners, including municipalities, universities and companies within building and construction. The collaboration has already led to a number of different projects, such as research on solutions for enhanced fire safety in timber buildings, and how to plan and design properties to help elderly people to continue living in their own homes.

Focus on relevant alliances and businesses

Smart Housing Småland’s vision is to be a leading international hub for sustainable housing, construction and environments, merging innovative building with equality and other social sustainability values. The vision is strengthened through the consolidation of strategic global alliances in research, education and market development. The emphasis is on innovation and business development in small and medium-sized enterprises, since these are most common within the relevant industries.

Smart Housing Småland welcomes everyone who wants to learn more about using timber and glass for the sustainable construction of both buildings and society.


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