Sustainable buildings and Energy
KTH activities such as education and research require premises such as labs, offices and teaching areas. KTH works continuosly to reduce its energy use based on set climate targets, which is done in collaboration with the property owners.
Energy plans for buildings
The property owners (see below) anually produce an energy plan that describes the measures taken to reduce energy use in the buildings. The Energy Plan 2022 (pdf 255 kB) describes the measures that have been implemented by Akademiska hus during 2022, which relate to electricity, heating and cooling. Read more about KTH's energy use in reporting to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency .
Read more about KTH's energy saving mission and summer shutdown here: Reduce energy use - a mission for everyone at KTH (pdf 192 kB)
Read more about KTH's energy use and saving here: Energy use and saving at KTH (pdf 793 kB)
Collaboration with property owners
KTH operates on 5 campus areas in the Stockholm region. KTH does not own its buildings, but rents them from the property owners Akademiska Hus, Hemsö and Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget. Close cooperation with them is a prerequisite for carrying out the work to ensure that the buildings are sustainable and climate-adapted in accordance with KTH's sustainability and climate goals.
KTH collaborates with Akademiska Hus on a strategic level through the so-called "Strategic Collaboration Forum". Within the framework of the forum, goals have been set regarding collaboration around education and research, as well as campus-related issues. An update of the goals takes place annually in December, with the CEO of Akademiska Hus and KTH's headmaster.
Within the framework of the collaboration with Akademiska hus, the following projects and measures have been taken in 2022:
- Research and education projects that KTH and the property owners collaborate on in the Live-In Lab: Completed R&D projects | KTH Live In Lab
- Research and education projects that KTH and Akademiska Hus collaborate on: Conceptualization of AI in building operations in the form of Indoor climate as a service.
- 'Green lease' for building 43:35 Bergs (as part of ongoing research project).
- Modernization of the KTH Chemistry building began. Expected to be completed in 2024.
Additionally, collaboration takes place in the ongoing administration on various substantive issues, e.g. energy, renovations, waste, biological diversity, etc.
KTH has signed a 'green lease' agreement with Akademiska Hus for house 43:35 Bergs, where the project "indoor climate as a service" is included. In this project, Akademiska Hus will use artificial intelligence to control the indoor climate. The project is temporarily paused.
Within the research collaboration between KTH and Akademiska Hus, an industrial doctoral student has had a new business model developed and implemented with the aim of providing an agreed indoor climate with the lowest resource use based on a suitable level of digitalisation. The research has so far resulted in three research articles:
- Indoor Climate as a Service: A digitized approach to building performance management
- The RealEstateCore Ontology
- Lagged-kNN Based Data Imputation Approach for Multi-Stream Building Systems Data
For every building at KTH with Akademiska Hus as landlord, there is a detailed energy mapping. This includes, among other things, proposed measures to reduce energy consumption.
In the technology platform, there are feature requirements, e.g. requirements for U-value on walls/windows for energy-efficient construction. The technology platform's document is available on Akademiska Hus' publication page: All publications | Akademiska Hus
In the case of new constructions and redevelopment, KTH demands that environment and sustainability aspects are included in the project. The environmental certification Miljöbyggnad sets requirements on the building's environmental performance and energy consumption. Of the buildings KTH uses, nine are certified according to Miljöbyggnad; four as gold and five as silver. Read more about what a certification according to Environmental Construction means: What is Environmental Construction? | Swedish Green Building Council