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Sustainability and green

For in-depth information on sustainability aspects of this project, please view the related Sustainability case study in PDF.

Bassängkajen is one of Skanska’s greenest-ever office properties. The property’s energy consumption is 36 percent below the norm stipulated by Boverket (the Swedish Board of Housing Building and Planning) for newly constructed properties. Bassängkajen is classified as an EU GreenBuilding, meaning that its energy consumption is 25 percent lower than prevailing energy requirements. Bassängkajen was also the first building in the Nordic region to be pre-certified at LEED platinum level.

A number of climate-smart measures were taken to achieve the highest LEED score. For example, the building is supplied with electricity from renewable sources, only certified timber is used and great importance was assigned to the indoor climate and air quality. Much of the roof is covered in sedum plants. The plants are not only beautiful to look at, they also absorb much of the acid rain that would otherwise run into the urban water drains. The vegetation also insulates the roof against heat and cold and extends the life of the waterproof membrane.

Bassängkajen also makes it easy for the tenants to act intelligently to conserve energy. Among other features, the property is equipped with water-saving taps and toilets that help keep water consumption low. The building also has a large recycling center where paper, cardboard, plastic metal and glass can be sorted.

Bassängkajen’s proximity to Malmö central station and the City Tunnel rail link makes it easy for tenants and visitors to leave their cars at home. There is ample parking for bicycles, a bicycle wheel pumping station, showers and changing rooms for those who take their bicycle. It is also possible to borrow a bicycle. For those who choose to take the car anyway, electricity recharging stations are provided.

All new tenants are offered an energy consultation to address both small and big issues to help them become that little bit more environmentally smart. This could involve how to utilize the building in the best possible manner, how activities can be more sustainable and how to optimize the use of ecolabeled products.