Moving in to housing project Viva by Riksbyggen, Gothenburg

29 November 2018
Brf Viva

Just over two years ago, the building project kicked off for Riksbyggen's local housing association Viva, with the ambitious goal to become Sweden's most innovative and sustainable housing project based on thorough research in Positive Footprint Housing, PFH. This week, the first residents started moving in to 47 apartments.

Brf Viva is built in Guldheden in Gothenburg and consists of a total of 132 apartments. This first stage of moving in will continue during November. The remaining two stages of moving will happen during the first half of 2019.

"It is a milestone that the residents are now moving in to Brf Viva. Riksbyggen wants to be at the forefront of a greener and more sustainable Gothenburg. Experience from Brf Viva will be reused both in future Riksbyggen projects but also inspire the entire industry for a more sustainable housing development, says Mikael Ahlén, Site Manager for Riksbyggen Homes in Gothenburg.

Solar power systems, energy storage, heat recovery from ventilation (FTX), car and electric cycle pools, distance workplaces and resource-efficient construction in climate-smart concrete are all ingredients that leads the way towards sustainable living.

"It feels great to welcome the first residents to Brf Viva, where we put a lot of effort into social sustainability, with, for example, larger common areas than usual. For example, there is an orangery that can be used for larger receptions and parties, a common room with big screen TV and kitchen and cultivation lottery. Live life, simply, says Martin Lundblad, Sales and Marketing manager at Riksbyggen Gothenburg.

Research that is carried out in Positive Footprint Housing, PFH, is the base and foundation of Brf Viva. PFH consists of multidisciplinary research for holistic thinking about innovative sustainable residential and urban development.

The project will result in increased environmental, social and economic sustainability, where acquired insights and lessons gets their first practical application in Brf Viva. The PFH project was initiated by Riksbyggen in collaboration with, among others, Johanneberg Science Park, Chalmers, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg Energy, City of Gothenburg and RISE.

Some parts, such as energy storage in used bus batteries, are supported by the EU project IRIS Smart Cities. IRIS is a five-year Light House project, funded by Eus HORIZON 2020. Within IRIS, seven cities, of which Gothenburg are one of them, will develop and test smart, sustainable solutions in energy, mobility and ICT, as well as disseminate solutions across Europe. A total of 43 parties in nine countries collaborate and citizens involvement runs as a red thread through the project.

For more information:
Mikael Ahlén, Site Manager, Riksbyggen Gothenburg, +46 31-704 68 63
Martin Lundblad, Sales and Marketing Manager Riksbyggen Gothenburg, +46 31-704 56 12

Riksbyggen is a company owned by the building unions, housing associations (local housing associations) and by other national co-operative associations. The aim is to establish housing associations and contribute to the fulfilment of other aims related to housing and co-operation, as formulated by the owners.

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For more information, please contact;

Peter Selberg, Research Strategist Positive Footprint Housing - Brf Viva Riksbyggen

+46 730 57 26 25
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