A major fire in Umeå’s Ålidhem district in 2008 prompted the city to start building more energy-efficient buildings through its Sustainable Ålidhem revitalisation project.
Some 400 residential apartments have been refurbished with the goal of reducing their energy consumption by 50 per cent.
137 new apartments, which consume 50 per cent less energy, have been added while photovoltaic cells were built on the roofs to harness solar energy. Echologs – terminals for displaying and monitoring electricity, heat, and water consumption – were installed in each apartment.
The project went on to win the 2013 Sustainable Energy Europe Award in the ‘Living’ category.