Inauguration of Brf Viva

4 September 2019
Innergård brf Viva

This week, Brf Viva was inaugurated in Guldheden in Gothenburg. Riksbyggen and its partners have created a unique housing environment from an economic, social and environmental sustainability perspective. The project is based on the work done within the Riksbyggen Positive Footprint Housing framework, interdisciplinary research with a holistic approach to innovative sustainable housing and urban development that has been going on for almost ten years.

After an introductory presentation at Chalmers, a viewing was done of the association. The flats in Brf Viva have been built slightly smaller to create more space in common areas. Among other things there is an orangery, a meeting room, guest workplaces and overnight accommodation. During the inauguration there was also a "parade" with the various electric vehicles that the residents have access to in the communal vehicle pool. Brf Viva was built for living without owning a car.

Insights gained from the research get their first practical application in the Viva housing association with 132 flats in Guldheden at Chalmers and Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg. The name Viva means to live and reflects sustainable living, which is being developed in and around the neighbourhood. 

The unique thing about Brf Viva is that we have been bold to introduce future housing solutions in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability on a full scale level, even those that have never been tested before in housing projects in Sweden. Together with partners in Positive Footprint Housing, Riksbyggen is taking a big step forward to create sustainable and attractive housing of the future!
The project was initiated by Riksbyggen in collaboration with, among others, Johanneberg Science Park, Chalmers, Gothenburg University, Göteborg Energi, the City of Gothenburg and RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden.

Some examples of innovations in Brf Viva:

  • Studio flats - new housing association flats for SEK 95,000
  • Repurposing of bus batteries as solar energy storage
  • Innovative mobility solutions that enable living without owning a car
  • Ecosystem Service Analysis
  • New more durable concrete with 30% less CO2 emissions
  • Environmental building Gold certification

Repurposing bus batteries is a collaboration with Volvo, which is funded by the EU project IRIS Smart Cities.

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For more information, please contact;

Peter Selberg , (Parental leave) Research Strategist Positive Footprint Housing - Brf Viva Riksbyggen

+46 730 57 26 25 LinkedIn

For more information, please contact;

Eva Edman Pavic, Project Coordinator

+46 721 63 28 64 LinkedIn