Villazero is a development project run by Fiskarhedenvillan, Mondo Arkitekter and Structor Byggteknik Dalarna, together with support from Region Dalarna. The project’s purpose is to build a carbon-neutral detached house in Borlänge. It’s a unique opportunity to learn how to build zero-CO2 houses for a more sustainable future.
It’s clear that we face extensive sustainability challenges. The whole world has rallied around Agenda 2030 and it’s time we all take more responsibility, both as citizens and companies, and make significant changes. Reducing emissions is vital, but we also need to ensure a environmentally conscious business climate and equality for all. Sustainable products and know-how are not only necessary for an inhabitable planet, but also essential to future competitiveness.
Goals based on Agenda 2030
The Villazero project is focused on the Agenda 2030 goals, as they cover a broad spectrum of areas where the project can make a difference. Its focus has been on two areas in particular; reducing CO2 emissions and creating a more equal construction industry. A key aspect of the project is close collaboration between architects, a construction company and the regional government.
Villazero aims to improve conditions and demonstrate their feasibility in a practical project by building a detached family house in which the architecture and construction are based on the market’s most carbon-efficient choices, both for materials and methods. And with a project organisation and a building team that’s as equal as possible.
The goal is to create a house that’s carbon neutral throughout its lifecycle, so that it does not emit any CO2 at all. To demonstrate this, the house is planned to be certified to the Swedish Green Building Council’s (SGBC) Zero CO2 method. However, since this method has not yet been adapted for this type of house, the project will be a pilot together with SGBC, contributing to the development of a method to certify single-family homes.
The lessons learned will form the basis for new working methods and material choices and products. This will hopefully inspire and set a new standard for other operators and projects in planning, construction and building, not just in Sweden but internationally too.
Reducing future footprint
The companies involved also aim to shrink their own carbon footprints, as well as the climate impact from all the projects and construction in which they will be involved in the future. They intend to do this by significantly reducing their CO2 emissions, cutting energy consumption and through a more equal construction industry.