Sjöstaden, as it is called by the Stockholmers, is seen as a pilot project setting the stage for sustainable city development. There are three major concepts from Hammarby Sjöstad that significantly informed its development strategy:
- “Twice as good” Environmental Goals: Establishing the strong environmental goal of making everything “twice as good” in order to push the development’s sustainability objectives;
- Environmental Load Profile: Creating the Environmental Load Profile (ELP), which allows for monitoring and gives feedback on the environmental performance of the built environment;
- The Hammarby Model: Basing the project on the Hammarby Model, which uses resources in a cyclical loop, ensuring that the system is based on a life-cycle assessment and maximizes renewable resources usage.
‘‘The environmental performance of the city district should be twice as good as the state of the art technology available in the present day construction field. …..In order to achieve these goals lifestyles need to be re-examined, new technological solutions developed, and a more holistic view of planning implemented. The city district is to be planned and built in accordance with the principles of the natural cycles and HammarbySjöstadis to serve as a spearhead for the movement towards ecological and environmentally friendly construction work and housing, and be at the forefront of international striving for sustainable development in densely populated urban areas.”
-City of Stockholm, 1996.