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Building a sustainable housing area


Detailed description of the Good Practice

A new housing district was built on former industrial area in the harbour of Malmö. It is served by 100% locally produced renewable energy, recycling is done in a vacuum system with separate pipes for the organic fraction. Roofs, walls and yards of the multifamily houses are green due to the green space factor: all developers had to achieve a green space factor of at least 0,5. Storm water is managed in an open system, and transports by foot, bike or bus is prioritized over cars.

  • Sustainable city development
  • Brownfield development

Objectives of the Good Practice

The objective was to create a sustainable housing district that would be a world leading example. The benefits are both the ones obtained on the site: low green house gas emissions etc., and the information value due to the fact that the area receives thousands of international technical visits every year. The first part of the area, called Bo01, was finished by the year 2001. Further development of the Western Harbour will occur during 20-30 years to come.

Participants of the Good Practice

Main participants were the City of Malmö, a company called Bo01 AB, and the private developers.

Target group of the Good Practice

For the inhabitants of Malmö.

Funding of the Good Practice

The city of Malmö, private developers and the Swedish government funded the building of Bo01. The further development is funded by the city of Malmö and private developers.

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details


Data sources and references

Sustainable city of tomorrow. Bo01 - experiences of a Swedish Housing Exposition, 2005. Ed.: B. Persson. Formas, Stockholm. ISBN91-540-5949-6.
Environmental Buleltin 1/07