Miljöpåverkansstudie av Eco House : Tillämpning av Svanenmärkning och Miljöklassning
Abstract (Summary)The building sector is held responsible for a large part of the energy and material use in Sweden today. In order to work towards a more sustainable building the “Bygga-bodialogen” started. One of the “Bygga-bo-dialogen” commitments has been to develop a rating system for buildings; Environmental classification of buildings. Other ways to illustrate the environmental impact of products are eco-labels such as “Svanenmärkning”. This report applies both methods on a house known as Eco House to highlight the differences and similarities between the systems. “Svanenmärkning” and “miljöklassning” will be carried out on Eco House to investigate how ecological it is, and possible improvements from the standpoint to make Eco House more ecological will be examined. Green building is hard to define since there are multiple interpretations and points of views. The definition that suites the manner of this report relates to the concept the best is to ensure the entire building's life cycle in which both external and internal environment should be considered.This thesis is made in cooperation with Willa Nordic AB, which is a house manufacturing company located in the south of Sweden, niche towards architectural designed houses to customers’ requests. Eco House is a type of building, marketing as organic, developed by Willa Nordic AB, in collaboration with the architect Rahel Belatchew Lerdell.“Svanenmärkning” is a Nordic eco-label based on helping consumers to find products with low environmental impact and good quality. To get this label on the house certain requirements are set on the construction process, ventilation and materials. Since the Eco House is not built yet, all the requirements have not been fulfilled. Some work for Willa Nordic AB to perform still remains.The classification system has been developed in the hope that it will be linked to an incentive for various actors in the construction industry to build more environmentally sustainable. When Eco House was classified according to the classification system it was graded in the range B to D, depending on various outcomes. The house is somewhere between being slightly better than the basic requirement and being slightly worse.Eco House is a building that looks very organic, even the name suggests, but from building ecological approach is not entirely true. Some changes are required for a “Svanenmärkning” and a good environmental classification rating.
School:Högskolan i Gävle
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:10/09/2008