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Researchers are going to study how new buildings can support sustainable travel

How can new apartment houses by design enable more people to choose bicycle, public transport and smart mobility, instead of using the car? A research group at K2 has been granted SEK 5.67 million in support from the Swedish Energy Agency to study this.

Urban test labs and pilots are methods for generating innovative and energy efficient solutions. In this project, the design of residential buildings that increase energy efficiency by creating incentives for sustainable passenger transport such as bicycle, public transport and smart mobility, will be analysed.

Two pilots will be followed: “biking dwelling” pilots, designed for increased usage of bicycles, and pilots for shared travelling through integrated mobility solutions (MaaS).

The project contributes with increased knowledge of:

  • the prerequisites for pilots to be initiated,
  • how the results can scale up and generate long-term changes, and where the scale up also includes, 
  • making the housing available to all groups in society and not just certain segments.

The research project maps international experiences and follows two private actors' work in developing pilots in three Swedish municipalities, in which some dwellings are in the planning stage and some are completed.

Lina Berglund Snodgrass, K2 and Blekinge University of Technology, Christina Lindkvist Scholten, K2 and Malmö University, project manager, and Dalia Mukhtar-Landgren, K2 and Lund University, are all a part of the research project. A PhD student will also be employed within the project.

Lina Snodgrass Berglund är forskare vid K2Christina Lindkvist Scholten är forskare vid K2 Foto: Kennet RuonaDalia Mukhtar-Landgren är forskare vid K2