Virtual tour showcasing innovative green buildings in Gothenburg

by Ofentse Sefolo
Virtual tour showcasing innovative green buildings in Gothenburg

Part of Smart City Sweden, Green Gothenburg works to increase international recognition of the region as leading when it comes to sustainable development and welcomes international delegations, on a decision-making level, with an interest in exploring smart and sustainable solutions. It is run by Business Region Göteborg, a municipal company that is responsible for business development in the City of Gothenburg and represents 13 municipalities in the region.

Given the renewed restrictions on movement in many European countries due to Covid-19, the team from Green Gothenburg is now inviting its travel-banned visitors to a virtual tour of three award-winning buildings, where innovative and energy-saving solutions are demonstrated.

For Gothenburg, Covid-19 has been a serious setback. Visits from international delegations studying sustainable solutions have virtually ceased altogether.

However, we are now happy to be able to present a virtual study tour showcasing some of the most interesting sustainable building projects here in Gothenburg as a substitute, and later complement, for a real-life visit,” says Katarina Clase, business developer at Business Region Göteborg.

Travelling a decade forward in time

HSB Living Lab, a habitation infrastructure for students and guest researchers, is one of the testbeds showcased in the virtual tour. It is a co-creative social space for experimenting with sustainable technology and lifestyles geared towards the development of innovative concepts and solutions. The lab consists of 44 cubic modules with 29 apartments.

“HSB Living Lab has been developed through an open-innovation processes between the Swedish housing association HSB, Chalmers University of Technology, Johanneberg Science Park and several industry partners. So far, more than 100 projects have been carried out in the lab,” says Katarina Clase, business developer at Business Region Göteborg.

“Visiting HSB Living Lab is like travelling a decade forward in time. Solar cells integrated in the walls and windows, which absorb and store the sunlight as thermal energy, are now being tested. These are just some of a plethora of smart home interactions that makes living easier,” she says.

A lab for future learning environments

Nearby A Working Lab is an office building with 430 workplaces, in a flexible space, dedicated to collaboration and innovation. The foundation is made of environmentally friendly concrete and the building’s district heating system is supplied with thermal energy from a local 1 000m² solar plant.

The climate impact has been reduced with smart materials and salt storage of thermal energy is used for efficient indoor temperature control. The lab also contains a restaurant, café, co-working areas and conference and meeting rooms.

Winner of the Environmental Building of the Year Award in 2019

The housing association Riksbyggen Brf Viva is the first practical application of the insights from Riksbyggen Positive Footprint Housing, an interdisciplinary project looking into how to build environmentally, socially and economically sustainable neighbourhoods. The houses are designed to function as plus-energy units, thanks to well-insulated frames and energy storage in used bus batteries.

“The physical environment is designed to encourage spontaneous meetings and convey a sense of community. The building was voted the Environmental Building of the Year at the Swedish Green Building Awards in 2019,” concludes Clase.

The virtual tour: https://www.greengothenburg.se/virtual-tours, which can be enjoyed with or without VR glasses.

For more information, contact Katarina Clase at Katarina.Clase@businessregion.se.

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