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Climate-friendly outdoor spaces for friends

From the starting point of sustainable operational goals and the issues that the company’s stakeholders care about, AF Bostäder’s design of outdoor environments is based increasingly on sustainability. Here, there is scope for security and enjoyment, as well as climate adaption and biodiversity.

The clearest example of the initiatives for outdoor environments in recent years is AF Bostäder’s further development of Kämnärsrätten – an idea-driven urban construction project with seven varied quarters along the verdant thoroughfare Campuskilen. Kämnärsrätten offers spaces for outdoor life, games, socialising and exercise, all in a climate-friendly environment designed for pedestrians and cyclists – and insects.

“Kämnärsrätten has, for example, butterfly bushes and meadow grass at Pireus, an orangery at Rhodos, Biotopia, which is a space entirely dedicated to biodiversity, and, on the horizon, Troja, which has been designed with wild vegetation and hardly any paved surfaces at all,” says Therese Månsson, Project Manager at AF Bostäder. “Sedum roofs are also a recurring element in both new and older areas which, among other things, delay and reduce water run-off, protect against UV light, improve air quality and contribute to biodiversity.”

In the design of outdoor environments, AF Bostäder takes into account everything from the built environment, vegetation and rain water management to biodiversity and above all – the socialising aspect .

“In 2023 we improved the outdoor environment at Magasinet, among other things,” says Therese Månsson. “Magasinet is one of our most popular housing areas in central Lund with both apartments and mini corridors, and space for more than 200 students. We have received many good requests about the outdoor environment from the students at Magasinet in our customer survey, and together with a landscape engineer we have renewed the entire courtyard.”

Among other things, AF Bostäder has extended existing benches and added new site-built benches and tables. Two new barbecues and a side table are now in place. And there is also a new flower border with insect-friendly plants, perennials and bushes that both makes the area cosier and shields the courtyard from the access road. There is also a lawn with space for sport and games, and a small insect hotel.

“The project has been characterised by a focus on a sense of community,” says Therese Månsson. “Here, the students will be able to sit in several groups at the same time without crowding each other, but still be close enough that it feels natural to get to know your neighbours. The flower border offers something new throughout the season, firstly spring bulbs, then roses, flowers and lavender, which creates a fine hedge. All designed at just the right height so that the environment feels open, pleasant and secure.”

Latest update June 24, 2024
 Therese Månsson
Therese Månsson
Construction project manager
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Clean sustainably with Eco-Hacks!

It’s now easier to thoroughly clean the corridor – with gentle cleaning agents! The students have received a special edition of the book “Städa hållbart med Ekotipset” (Clean Sustainably with Eco-Hacks), along with eco-friendly cleaning materials.

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Making indirect emissions visible is a major challenge

Since 2016, AF Bostäder has reported – and considerably reduced – emissions from its own operations, from purchased energy and from business travel. In line with the aims of Climate Neutral Lund, we are continuing to track down other indirect emissions.

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Things get a new life at second-hand market

In September, AF Bostäder organised its first second-hand market and many things switched owners – from students to students. Simple, social, enjoyable and, of course, circular.

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Welcome to Pireus – AF Bostäder’s first Nordic Swan-labelled student housing area!

At Kämnärsrätten, AF Bostäder is conducting one of Sweden’s largest initiatives for long-term sustainable student housing. Pireus was inaugurated in 2023, and in two stages around 250 students have moved into a green and inviting place with space for both socialising and seclusion. All in a living environment so sound and climate-friendly that it has been awarded the Nordic Swan label.

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NUDGE led to lower consumption and new knowledge

Within the scope of the NUDGE energy network, AF Bostäder is expected to reduce energy consumption at Gylleholm by 30%. Collaboration within the network has also led to new knowledge.

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Biotopia – for the insects!

AF Bostäder is setting up an increasing number of areas with an aim to promote insects and birdlife. Biotopia opened in November 2022 – a buzzing housing area for insects.

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You have the power. Use it wisely!

In 2022, Sweden was affected by dramatic rises in electricity costs and the risk of electricity shortages, and it became more important to help out in saving electricity for financial and solidarity reasons. AF Bostäder has for many years worked in a target-oriented way on improving energy efficiency, and the initiatives have been continually expanded. During the autumn, the company also launched a campaign to encourage students to be economical with electricity.

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Good preparedness for torrential rain

AF Bostäder works preventively on runoff water management in order to reduce the risk of damage from torrential rain. According to a risk review by VA Syd, preparedness is predominately good.

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District heating – a secure basis for a sustainable energy mix

AF Bostäder uses district heating to heat almost all the radiators and hot water in its properties. District heating is a locally produced, easy-to-manage, reliable, resource-efficient and cost-effective form of heating. It is also eco-friendly – 99.8% of the district heating in Lund consists of renewable, recycled heat.

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Ideas for sustainable housing

In November, Lund University organised Climathon on the theme of Sustainable Student Housing, with AF Bostäder as principal partner. Exciting ideas were contributed by both Lund residents and students.

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Reuse initiatives point to future challenges

The Swedish construction industry has come a long way regarding recycling, and now the focus is increasingly turning towards reuse and circular construction. In connection with demolition work at Kämnärsrätten, AF Bostäder has carried out several successful projects for the reuse of fixtures and fittings. The company notes that reuse on a larger scale requires new knowledge, new networks and far-reaching changes in the sector.

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Enhanced wellbeing in smaller corridors

In order to enhance wellbeing, some of the larger corridors at Delphi has been converted into smaller units. The tenants have been involved in choosing the colour schemes.

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Ulrikedal gets the best conceivable outdoor life

In a two-year initiative, AF Bostäder has renovated and renewed the outdoor environment at Ulrikedal. In addition to technical maintenance and improved waste systems, the initiative has given the students secure, well-lit bicycle parking spaces, pleasant areas for socialising where lawns and meadows are interspersed with barbecue areas, boule court, outdoor gym and much more.

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Strong focus on indirect emissions in scope 3

AF Bostäder has achieved good results in measuring and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in its own operations and from purchased energy. Now, the focus is intensifying on other indirect emissions. A recent review is to form the basis for reducing emissions from new construction projects and property management.

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Sedum and meadows promote biodiversity

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Success for the recycling shelves!

The students can hand in waste such as batteries, electronic devices, light sources and bulky furniture in the Green Room, which also has the popular recycling shelf where objects disappear just as fast as they are handed in.

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Emissions target for building projects

Since 2020, AF Bostäder has carried out climate impact calculations for all new construction projects, something that will be required by law from 2022. The aim is to map and reduce the impact of new construction on the climate.