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Energy efficient housing

Instruction cards for house retrofitting

In Finland, the Oulu municipality has compiled instruction cards for apartments and house owners to guide them how to retrofit their properties so they are more energy efficient and sustainable. These cards are available in Finnish and partially in English and cover topics like how to maintain and repair the roof (FI), the ventilation (ENG), the façade (FI), or acquire geothermal heating (FI). The cards were also tested in Umeå municipality to help spread knowledge on how to build more energy efficient buildings. The City of Oulu has also introduced a housing company permit, which shortened the building permission processes and allowed the companies to renovate bathrooms quicker.


Timo Kauppinen

Mutsal Consulting

By participating in e-Lighthouse project, Finnish partners have received an extra boost and support for ambitious target to develop new guidelines, approaches and smart solutions for energy saving for existing houses and new homes in the region. In addition to the proactive quality work for home builders, the developed 11 smart solutions gave a strong toolbox to make Oulu one of the best cities in energy savings. New houses built there are 18% better energy wise compared to building regulations.