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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.

Pireus gets its name from the Greek port outside Athens. Lund students’ own Pireus welcomes residents and visitors to both the new housing along Kämnärsvägen and to Campuskilen, a green thoroughfare area that links together the quarters and offers everything from an outer gym and boule court to spaces for barbecues and socialising.

“Pireus is our first Nordic Swan-labelled housing area,” says Martin Jacobsson, Property Development Manager at AF Bostäder. “The Swan is the official environmental certification of the Nordic countries, and the requirements are stringent. The certification covers the entire construction process and is based on a life-cycle perspective. Consideration is given to low energy usage, high environmental and health requirements for materials and products, a good indoor environment, low emissions and a quality-assured construction process.”

Pireus consists of five varied buildings, three of which are eight storeys high, with white and black sheet metal facades and playfully placed drainpipes. The 223 student apartments have space for up to 300 students. There are one-bedroom apartments for those who want to live on their own and larger apartments ideal for those who prefer to share with 1-2 friends. The bedrooms in these apartments for friends have space for both a bed and a study place. The location is in close proximity to Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering (LTH) and School of Economics and Management, and all the other departments at the university are within easy cycling distance. The rent includes electricity, hot water, detergent, storage space, a personal bicycle parking space under cover and 1 Gb internet.

“When you approach Kämnärsrätten, you already feel Pireus welcoming you,” says Therese Månsson, Property Development Project Manager at AF Bostäder. “The quarter is open and living, designed for social activities, with a cosy, undulating and pleasantly furnished courtyard environment. There are many trees and a lot of greenery, a lovely pergola, space for sport and games, two study rooms and access to a cycle repair room. At Pireus, a lot of consideration has been given to the students’ personal sphere, and we have given a little extra thought to making it easy to find calm and seclusion, both among the screened-off places in the courtyard and in their own accommodation, which is designed to provide good conditions for studying and restful nights.”

The student move-in during 2023 was a two-stage process: the first three buildings (115 apartments) in May and the remaining two buildings (108 apartments) in September, just before the official inauguration.

“There is nothing more gratifying than receiving eager students who are moving in,” says Therese Månsson. “We have been there on both occasions and answered questions, helped the tenants and coordinated the traffic, among other things by offering tips on how to reverse with a trailer. Being on site on the first day gives both students and parent a great sense of security, and everyone can get answers immediately if there are queries about laundry rooms, storage facilities and so on. The move-in day is also a good opportunity for us to get to know our tenants and for them to get to know their new neighbours. We give out goodie bags and offer drinks and refreshments to increase the sense of community on site. It is organised chaos with a fantastic great atmosphere.”

“Pireus had a pleasant inauguration at the end of August with, among others, Törnblom, Municipal Commissioner and 1st Vice-Chair of the Municipal Assembly in attendance. We had the chance to show people the housing, its different formats and communal spaces, and also offer both curious students and invited guests something to eat,” says Martin Jacobsson.

Latest update June 26, 2024
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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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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.

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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

One of AF Bostäder’s prioritised global goals concerns protecting biodiversity and natural living environments. AF Bostäder promotes a great variety of species by means such as confining new construction to areas with already impervious surfaces and laying sedum roofs. Much remains to be done and several new initiatives are under way.

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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.