- Social responsibility is extra important

Jennie Fridolin, one of the brains behind Swedish Nordic Built Challenge finalist Fittja Peoples Palace, talks about social responsibility and sustainability in Swedish magazine Byggbiz.
Published 01/09/2014 | Last updated 01/09/2014

Fittja Peoples Palace was the Swedish national winner and one of the five finalist in last year's Nordic Built Challenge, and the building in Krögarvägen 2 in Botkyrka is now waiting to become sustainably renovated to the benefit of the residents. 



Taking social responsibility

They are, however, not the most financial resourceful, which can be a challenge in refurbishment projects. Business developer at NCC and one of the brains behind the Fittja Peoples Palace project, Jennie Fridolin, says that they always had this in mind when designing the project, and thinks that one of the reasons the project won the Swedish Nordic Built Challenge was because they dared to to as little as possible. 


– It is extra important to take social responsibility in the environmental programme, since the people here have limited resources, says Fridolin to the Swedish magazine Byggbiz.


She thinks building owners need to take social responsibility to ensure that refurbishment is done in a sustainable way, and says that their restrictive refurbishment plans is also environmentally friendly.



Restrictive is environmentally friendly


– The apartments are built with good quality. There are no mistakes in them. If you're going to work sustainable you don't throw away things that work, she says.


Even though there is nothing technically wrong with the building, it is still outdated with today's standards. The energy management is not good and the architecture is somewhat unfriendly. Dark corners, welded doors and closed stairwells invites shady ongoings and makes the residents feel insecure. 


The refurbishment plans will however mend this. Read the whole interview with Jennie Fredolin and the plans for Fittja Peoples Palace in Byggbiz (in Swedish).