Glossary

Active ground floors

Mixed-use ground floors that contribute to making streets and other areas attractive to people at different times of the day. This may refer to shops, cafés, restaurants, laundries, community venues, or bike rooms with workshops.

Construction Consolidation Centre

Co-ordinates all transportation to and from construction sites and provides various services such as short-term storage of materials.

CO2e

Carbon dioxide equivalent, the amount of a certain greenhouse gas, for example methane, expressed as the amount of carbon dioxide that creates the same greenhouse effect, (NE).

Customer satisfaction index

Key figures in the form of a customer satisfaction index, i.e. how satisfied residents are with various aspects of their housing.

Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are all the different benefits accruing to humans from nature and that contribute to our wellbeing and quality of life. Urban nature is more than simply a decorative detail for city inhabitants, it also has many important functions. With sound planning, one and the same green area can at the same time contribute to improvements in public health, provide habitats for insects, reduce noise, and mitigate stormwater.

Environmental impact statement, EIS

A way of assessing the environmental impact that a planned activity or measure may have on the environment, health, and management of resources.

Form factor

Describes how compact a building is. Calculated as the ratio between a building’s enclosed area, (exterior walls, exterior roofs, and bottom plate) and heated square metre area (m2  Atemp ).

Global Reporting Initiative, GRI

Guidelines for reporting the sustainability work of organisations in a comparable and structured way. In Sweden, all state-owned and many private companies report their sustainability work according to GRI.

Global Reporting Initiatives website >

Green oasis

An area dominated by vegetation covering at least 300 m2.

Green Space Index, GSI

A tool used to calculate eco-efficiency of given spaces, i.e. spaces that contribute positively to an area’s ecosystem and local climate as well as social values linked to greenery and/or water.

Greywater

Bath, shower, dish- and laundry water.

Gross floor area, GFA

Gross floor area is the sum of all a storey’s floor area up to the exterior walls of enclosed building parts.

Hydrated Vegetable Oil, HVO

A renewable fuel that can be blended in diesel or that can replace diesel in diesel engines.

Life Cycle Cost, LCC

LCC includes all costs that may be incurred during the entire useful life of a product or service, from purchasing to decommissioning and disposal.

Mass Consolidation Centre, MCC

Local mass management plant where masses are sorted for local management or transport to external facilities.

Miljöbyggnad: a national Swedish certification for sustainable buildings

Miljöbyggnad is a national Swedish certification system for buildings awarded by the Sweden Green Building Council.

Mobility Index, MI

Calculation tool for evaluating sustainable travel with measures taken at property level.

Neighbourhood park

A large park of at least three hectares, which functions as a destination and a social meeting point for a neighbourhood, or a larger part of one or more neighbourhoods.

Norm creative house planning

A way of changing and breaking down social norms for how housing can be planned and designed.

Park space

Park space are parks of at least 0.2 hectares. This year’s figure is lower than previously reported due to a definition change.

Precautionary principle

Under Swedish environmental law, all those who conduct or plan to conduct any business activity are required to take preventative and protective measures necessary to pre-empt, prevent, or counteract harm or inconvenience to human health or the environment caused by the activity.

Public open spaces with social value

Public open spaces with social value. Calculated as a percentage of the total area of completed detailed development plans.

Residual waste

Waste that remains when hazardous waste, electrical waste, bulky waste, organic waste and recyclable material have been sorted.

Swedish building code regulations, BBR

A collection of regulations and general advice drawn up by the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and that apply to all buildings in Sweden.

System integration

Several different stand-alone systems combined in such a way so as to work together.

Glossary

Active ground floors

Mixed-use ground floors that contribute to making streets and other areas attractive to people at different times of the day. This may refer to shops, cafés, restaurants, laundries, community venues, or bike rooms with workshops.

Construction Consolidation Centre

Co-ordinates all transportation to and from construction sites and provides various services such as short-term storage of materials.

CO2e

Carbon dioxide equivalent, the amount of a certain greenhouse gas, for example methane, expressed as the amount of carbon dioxide that creates the same greenhouse effect, (NE).

Customer satisfaction index

Key figures in the form of a customer satisfaction index, i.e. how satisfied residents are with various aspects of their housing.

Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are all the different benefits accruing to humans from nature and that contribute to our wellbeing and quality of life. Urban nature is more than simply a decorative detail for city inhabitants, it also has many important functions. With sound planning, one and the same green area can at the same time contribute to improvements in public health, provide habitats for insects, reduce noise, and mitigate stormwater.

Environmental impact statement (EIS)

A way of assessing the environmental impact that a planned activity or measure may have on the environment, health, and management of resources.

Form factor

Describes how compact a building is. Calculated as the ratio between a building’s enclosed area, (exterior walls, exterior roofs, and bottom plate) and heated square metre area (m2  Atemp ).

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Guidelines for reporting the sustainability work of organisations in a comparable and structured way. In Sweden, all state-owned and many private companies report their sustainability work according to GRI.

Global Reporting Initiatives website >

Green oasis

An area dominated by vegetation covering at least 300 m2.

Green Space Index (GSI)

A tool used to calculate eco-efficiency of given spaces, i.e. spaces that contribute positively to an area’s ecosystem and local climate as well as social values linked to greenery and/or water.

Greywater

Bath, shower, dish-, and laundry water.

Gross floor area (GFA)

Gross floor area is the sum of all a storey’s floor area up to the exterior walls of enclosed building parts.

Hydrated Vegetable Oil (HVO)

A renewable fuel that can be blended in diesel or that can replace diesel in diesel engines.

Life Cycle Cost (LCC)

LCC includes all costs that may be incurred during the entire useful life of a product or service, from purchasing to decommissioning and disposal.

Mass Consolidation Centre (MCC)

Local mass management plant where masses are sorted for local management or transport to external facilities.

Miljöbyggnad: a national Swedish certification for sustainable buildings

Miljöbyggnad is a national Swedish certification system for buildings awarded by the Sweden Green Building Council.

Mobility Index (MI)

Calculation tool for evaluating sustainable travel with measures taken at property level.

Neighbourhood park

A large park of at least three hectares, which functions as a destination and a social meeting point for a neighbourhood, or a larger part of one or more neighbourhoods.

Norm creative house planning

A way of changing and breaking down social norms for how housing can be planned and designed.

Park space

Park space are parks of at least 0.2 hectares. This year’s figure is lower than previously reported due to a definition change.

Precautionary principle

Under Swedish environmental law, all those who conduct or plan to conduct any business activity are required to take preventative and protective measures necessary to pre-empt, prevent, or counteract harm or inconvenience to human health or the environment caused by the activity.

Public open spaces with social value

Public open spaces with social value. Calculated as a percentage of the total area of completed detailed development plans.

Residual waste

Waste that remains when hazardous waste, electrical waste, bulky waste, organic waste and recyclable material have been sorted.

Swedish building code regulations (BBR)

A collection of regulations and general advice drawn up by the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and that apply to all buildings in Sweden.

System integration

Several different stand-alone systems combined in such a way so as to work together.