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Skanska's Journey to Deep Green .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
  • Submitted by: Skanska AB
  • Topic: Sustainable cities and human settlements
  • Keywords: sustainable construction, Community development; Energy ; Environment and climate change; Shelter, housing
  • Location: Sweden, Norway, Poland, United States
  • Date of completion: 2020
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Skanska's Journey to Deep Green


Skanska AB
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Description/achievement of initiative

Skanska's Journey to Deep Green represents a new approach to construction and development, with the potential to create a more sustainable future.

Implementation methodologies

To realize the above projects, published and unpublished business unit (BU) targets each business unit developed a green action plan. While these all differ in their details they are all structured around Skanska's Color Palette™. The Color Palette encourages our BUs to proactively engage with our supply chain and other stakeholders on the energy performance and other green aspects that are described by Skanska's Color Palette™.

The business units are supported from the corporate office by the Sustainability & Green Support group and Green Business Officer. The Sustainability & Green Support group assists in the development of policies, guidelines and tools and the group facilitates sharing of green solutions and best practice in support of the Journey to Deep Green™. The Green Business Officer works with dedicated resources in the business units on new business models to ensure green business growth. R&D is important in support of the Journey to Deep Green™. An example of such R&D is the development of a tool that allows for early evaluation of projects on embodied energy using BIM (Building Information Modelling). Another example of R&D is the development of Deep Green cooling technology by our Commercial Development unit operating in the Nordic markets.
Case studies on the Sustainable Energy For All website include examples of projects that have secured funding to deliver on the Sustainable Energy For All objectives. A good example of such project is the Brogården renovation project, a project maximizing the use of passive measures to renovate inefficient apartments from the 60s and 70s. The project secured EU funding through the BEEM-UP project to develop a renovation concept for massive market uptake.

Deliverable Date
In Sweden, Skanska is curently constructing the Vala Gard office in Helsingborg. The Vala Gard office will be a Deep Green office. The office will be Deep Green not only in terms of energy but also with regards to other aspects such as materials and it is aiming to achieve the Skanska Color Palette´s zero on waste being deposited to landfill. 2012
Skanska has signed the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Energy Efficiency in Buildings manifesto to signify and communicate the action we take on our own (occupied) buildings. Examples of action include:refurbishment of our office in the Empire State Building, New York (LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certifcation), refurbishment of our Hollywood House office in Woking (SE4ALL Case Study), UK (LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certifcation), refurbishment of our Malmö office (LEED for Existing Buildings Platinum certifcation), refurbishment and installation of a solar array on the roof of Skanska-Koch´s civil production facilities in the US Skanska moving into more energy efficient premises in for example Helsinki (designed to achieve LEED Core & Shell Platinum), Prague (pre-certified Platinum under LEED Core & Shell), Gothenburg (LEED Core & Shell Platinum), Stockholm (designed to achieve LEED Core & Shell Platinum) 2014
In the United States, Skanska is the construction partner for 3 projects pursuing the full or partial Living Building Challenge. This is in addition to the Bertschi School project described in the subject case study on the Sustainable Energy For All website. 2014
In Poland, CDE - our Commercial Development Europe Unit operating in Poland, Czezh Republic, Hungary and Romania - has committed to design Atrium II in Warsaw Poland to meet Skanska´s definition of Deep Green. 2016
In Norway, Skanska is part of the Powerhouse Alliance, which has committed to build several energy-positive projects. The Powerhouse alliance was established in April 2011. Aside from Skanska it includes the property company Entra Eiendom, architects Snahetta, the environmental foundation ZERO and the aluminum company Hydro. The alliance recently partnered with Norway´s Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings to seek innovation for achieving the ambitions of the Powerhouse Alliance. The Alliance is planning towards finalizing the first energy positive project in 2014 and expects to complete 3 positive energy projects by 2020. 2020
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