Stockholm unveils ambitious BREEAM In-Use commitment

Improve the sustainability of the city

The city of Stockholm is unveiling ambitious plans to increase its use of BREEAM In-Use to help manage and improve the sustainability performance of its buildings.

In 2013, the city authority certified more than 30 buildings under BREEAM In-Use International, which was launched in June last year. In 2015, the city plans to have assessed and certified a total of 100 buildings across its entire portfolio and Stockholm is now the largest municipality user of the scheme across the whole of Europe.

Mrs Madeleine Sjöstedt, Vice Mayor, Culture and Real Estate Division at the City of Stockholm said “BREEAM In-Use is an important tool for the city to work with sustainability and continuous improvements in the management and operation of buildings. BREEAM In-Use is an important part of the city’s pursuit of our vision 2030 Stockholm a world-class city. “

Mr Juan Copoví-Mena, Director at the Stockholm’s Real Estate Administration said “BREEAM In-Use is a system that is well suited for our large and diverse property portfolio, which includes many old buildings with cultural values that require special consideration.”

Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM at BRE Global, said “BREEAM In-Use is the most widely adopted international standard for the sustainability of existing buildings. It is used by real estate developers, owners and operators to make improvements in the management and operation of buildings. This represents a major commitment by a leading European city, which, we believe will lead to positive benefits in terms of reduced energy use, less use of water and other resources, better environments for tenants and users of the buildings.”

The 31 buildings certified under BREEAM In-Use in 2013 include :

City Hall of Stockholm – One of Sweden’s most fascinating and impressive buildings. 

Stockholm City Museum – Documenting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Stockholm. Built in 1685. 

The Nobel factory – Alfred Nobel’s Nitro-glycerine factory. 

Stockholm House of Culture – A cultural centre in central Stockholm. 

The Orion Theatre – Stockholm’s largest avant-garde stage and one of Sweden’s most interesting and innovative theatres. 

Stockholm stock exchange building – Houses the Swedish Academy, the Nobel museum and the Nobel library. 

Stockholm public library – One of the most notable buildings in Stockholm and one of the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund’s most important works. 

BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of a building’s sustainability. Over 250,000 buildings have been certified around the world and over a million are registered for certification. BREEAM helps to drive the sustainable performance and value of a property asset and developments as a whole, and the scheme is developed across Europe through a family of National Scheme Operators including BREEAM UK, NL, DE, ES, SE and NOR.  

BREEAM In-Use International was launched in 2013 and covers major environmental issues that affect buildings throughout their operational life. It captures data across nine key sustainability categories and translates them into a robust and authoritative sustainability rating based on the well-established and widely respected BREEAM standards. This holistic approach provides the opportunity to assess and benchmark assets across a large range of environmental issues collectively. The categories are:





Land Use & Ecology

Health & Wellbeing




The assessment is in three parts. Part 1 covers asset performance, Part 2 building management and Part 3 occupier management. More information at or meet the BREEAM family of National Scheme Operators on stand MIF.03 in the MIPIM Innovation Forum, 11-14 March 2014.

The City of Stockholm works ambitiously within the environmental area and were the first city to receive the award European Green Capital by the EU Commission in 2010. The city’s service organisation employs nearly 40,000 people, and in 2011 the city had a revenue of 4.5 billion €.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the country’s largest city. It is located in the heart of Scandinavia, on Sweden’s south east coast, by the Baltic Sea. The city was founded in the early 13th century, and is renowned for its beauty, clean open waters, fascinating history, broad variety of arts and culture and its high environmentally friendly standards. Stockholm in brief:

The capital of Sweden

Approx. 860,000 city inhabitants, and 2 million in the Stockholm region

A strong, knowledge-based economy, hosting some of the world’s largest multinationals

Excels in municipal services such as childcare, education, elderly care, social services, technical administration, housing, and environmental work

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