The environment

Significant steps toward climate-sustainable housing.

Sustainability Report 2023

Climate and the environment

The climate issue is more pressing than ever before in human history. While we have already done a lot, we still have some way to go until we achieve carbon-neutral housing. The most significant environmental impact of housing involves the energy consumption of housing and properties as well as on urbanisation’s effects on biodiversity.

Avara joined Green Building Council Finland in February 2022. In November 2022, Avara became a sponsor of the #BuildingLife action programme. In 2023, Avara signed the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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Our environmental results for the period 2016-2023

83 %

More than 83 % of Avara's apartments are covered by the Leanheat energy management system.

53,4 %

The CO2 emissions of real estate assets have decreased by about 53,4 % since 2016.

88 %

88 % of the electricity purchased for the buildings’ common areas and lighting was certified green electricity.

Carbon footprint and energy consumption

The specific consumption of energy and water have reduced measurably. We use energy and water consumption monitoring at our properties, which enables us to track, analyse and optimise consumption as well as quickly detect and rectify any deviations. The data can also be used to efficiently allocate changes and repairs that save energy and water.

We aim to create pleasant and healthy housing conditions as ecologically as possible by promoting smart energy and water consumption.

The residential real estate fund of Amplus Holding is included in the national Rental Property Action Plan under the Property and Building Sector Energy Efficiency Agreement (VAETS II). The target is to achieve energy savings of 7.5 per cent during the period 2017–2025.

Sustainable new construction

The most significant share of the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of buildings is determined by design choices and construction methods. Avara’s own design guidelines steer the design and material choices of newly developed properties with a strong emphasis on the perspectives of life-cycle thinking and sustainable development.

The practices of the design guidelines are based on Avara’s extensive and long-term experience in property development and real estate development: The design of buildings and apartments, building technology, the materials used, and maintenance. The design guidelines are updated continuously, taking into account the most recent experiences and data on properties’ life-cycle planning.

See our Sustainability Report for further information

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