To Humlegården, the term sustainability comprises environmental, social and economic aspects. Our sustainability work makes its mark on our property management, but also comprises active participation in the development of new technology and new work methods.
Contributing responsibly to a more sustainable society is a task that we must all be a part of. Our contribution in this matter is based on our long-term approach. By being a long-term property owner, we have the opportunity to work with and influence many dimensions of sustainability, such as energy consumption, choice of materials, waste management, transports and health and safety for our customers, employees and suppliers. The sum of all our work leads to long-term and profitable sustainability.
Apart from the amount of material used in our projects, the use of energy is the major impact made by the property sector. By working on energy optimisation, we can reduce our carbon footprint and thus, our climate impact. This is also directly connected to profitability, since energy costs represent a large part of our operating costs. Our property management has a key role in our sustainability work, with our efforts connected to the needs of the customer. Through innovation, we will find better alternatives to traditional management or traditional materials.
Social sustainability comprises all of those who work in and around our properties, which is why we have extensive responsibility as a property owner. Cooperation is of great importance in having real impact in these matters. Accordingly, we conduct dialogue with and participate in joint projects together with other property owners and players to create better living environments. Protecting human rights and a good work environment is self-evident to us. By having a sector-wide suppliers’ code, we can also start to impose stricter demands.
Good architecture contributes to a sound living environment, which in turn contributes to improved quality of life, making an area more attractive and environmentally sustainable. Accordingly, architecture is an important building block in our operations. Work is conducted according to the principle that good architecture is based on a balance of form, function, economy and sustainability. The sustainability perspective entails that the property is based on long-term solutions and that this can be sustained over time, which requires good form and function. It is also important to have low energy consumption, a large portion of environmentally compatible materials and extensive recycling capacity. This strategy is applied both to new-builds and in the development of existing properties.