We are in the middle of the solar power breakthrough. The prices of solar panels have dropped by 70% in the past five years, and the solar power levels produced in the southern parts of Finland are similar to the ones produced in Northern Germany. After the installation of the panels, the costs are linked to the operation and maintenance and remain low. The investment will pay itself back in the form of a smaller electricity bill. For example, solar power is a handy addition to electricity production in grocery stores, in which the electricity consumption is at its largest during the daytime. Solar power systems can also be easily mounted to apartment buildings. Do you want to have solar power in your property?
An energy audit was conducted in seven apartment blocks in Iso Roobertinkatu in February 2016.
An energy audit is a method to survey the energy-saving possibilities for an apartment building. The energy audit can be ordered from a specialist company that offers auditing services. Some house managing agencies also conduct energy audits. In energy audits, the energy specialist visits the property, checks the technical facilities, the operation of ventilation and heating systems, and makes visits to chosen apartments and performs apartment-specific measurements (temperature, flow rate for faucets, ventilation). Auditing processes also include a questionnaire to the residents. This is done in order to achieve the best possible picture of the present circumstances in the apartments.
Nine real estate companies and housing cooperatives in Iso Roobertinkatu monitor the buildings’ emissions with the help of the carbon footprint of usage (in Finnish) metering system. During the monitoring, the carbon footprint is calculated twice in the beginning of the Climate Street project in 2015 and in the end in 2017. By monitoring the emissions from the buildings, the goal was to examine the current carbon footprint of the real estates and encourage the reduction of emissions in Climate Street.
Empty cellar space turned into a wine cellar, cosy sitting area in the garden, beautiful and energy-efficient lighting systems are all ideas brought forward by the residents of Iso Roobertinkatu 17-19 when asked about better living conditions. Ideas were collected in the residents’ own Happy housing cooperatives workshop (in Finnish) organised by the Dodo organisation on 17 March 2016.
Significant climate acts have been carried out at the Tikkuri Shopping Centre in the Vantaa Climate Street. Lamps have been replaced with new energy-efficient ones, and the level of lighting is adjusted according to the amount of light coming from outdoors. The air conditioning is controlled on the basis of temperature and the content of carbon dioxide. Waste sorting has been optimised, which has resulted in a smaller number of waste shipments. The measures adopted cut down energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tikkuri also encourages others to act out for the climate.
You can read more about climate acts in Tikkuri in an article published in Tikkuri magazine via this link: Winds of change in Tikkuri (in Finnish) or by clicking the picture below
Do you live in Iso Roba in Helsinki or in Tikkuraitti or Asematie in Vantaa? Do you need personal training to find a more environmentally friendly way to eat, use energy, transport or consume? We are searching for enthusiastically communicating residents, couples and families for training in the autumn of 2016!
The KultaHelmi jeweller’s in Tikkurila’s Climate Street is making small valuable environmental contributions! The circular economy is valued in this small and cosy jeweller’s store. “Our own gold and silver jewellery collections are made from recycled materials bought from our customers, i.e. our products are made from scrap gold or silver. Other popular Finnish jewellery brands, such as Kalevala, have also started to show interest in recycled materials,” say KultaHelmi entrepreneur Helena and shop assistant Julia, who serves customers behind the counter in the store. Julia’s background is in environmental studies, and she has brought a strong basis of environmental know-how to KultaHelmi.
On a sunny May morning, a group of Climate Street businesses from Tikkurila gathered together to share tips and experiences in energy saving methods and adaptation of environmental issues in their business operations. Over breakfast, people heard many practical tips on how to reduce food waste and learned how jewellers can participate in the circular economy. In addition, notes were exchanged on how to save energy in commercial buildings and in business operations by using LED lighting systems and thoroughly planning logistic chains, for example. Great conversation, good atmosphere, nice folks and important acts! Many thanks to the excellent speakers and participants!