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Hammarby Sjöstad ”the full story” Introduction

2. INTRODUCTION

This section gives background on Hammarby Sjöstad and provides basic insight into what makes it an exemplary example of sustainable development.

Throughout the years, a number of worldwide cities have adapted different strategies to develop sustainable urban areas. Hammarby Sjöstad was one of the first projects that took the concept of sustainable development to a higher level.

Sjöstaden, as it is called by the Stockholmers, is seen as a pilot project setting the stage for areas being developed afterwards e.g. The Royal Seaport, a newly developed area within the Stockholm boundary. There are three major concepts from Hammarby Sjöstad that significantly informed its development strategy:

  1. “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;
  2. Environmental Load Profile: Creating the Environmental Load Profile (ELP), which allows formonitoring and gives feedback on the environmental performance of the built environment;
  3. The Hammarby Model: Basing the project on the Hammarby Model, which uses resources in acyclical loop, ensuring that the system is based on a life-cycle assessment and maximizes renewable resources usage. Read more…