SPARCS Green Housing project commencement ceremony in Reykjavík
SPARCS Reykjavik
24 april 2024
sustainable urban development

The City of Reykjavík celebrated a significant milestone in sustainable urban development with the commencement ceremony of the Green Housing for the Future project (Grænt húsnæði framtíðar). This innovative initiative aims to combat carbon emissions from buildings while promoting green practices in construction and design. As one of the pilot projects of SPARCS, the Green Housing project was conceived in response to the urgent need to address the environmental impact of buildings, which are significant contributors to carbon emissions. To encourage sustainable development, the City of Reykjavík offered generous discounts on plots allocated for green housing initiatives, underscoring its commitment to fostering a greener cityscape.

The commencement ceremony took place at the prime location of Frakkastígur 1 in downtown Miðborg, where ten eco-friendly apartments will be developed. The event was attended by key dignitaries, including Mayor Einar Þorsteinsson, Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Björt Ólafsdóttir (Managing Director of IÐA developer), architect Lendager Ísland, and representatives from engineering companies Hannarr, Teknik Lúmex, and Bekke/Strand. The development at Frakkastígur 1 is designed to reduce carbon footprints by 50% through innovative construction practices, with a strong emphasis on reusing materials. This seven-floor building will incorporate commercial space on the ground floor, offering views of Esjan mountain and featuring a southwest-facing garden. Each apartment, ranging from 60 to 240 square meters, will benefit from ample natural light and stunning views of either the sea or the landmark church Hallgrímskirkja.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Einar Þorsteinsson emphasized the City’s commitment to sustainable urban development and the positive impact of the Green Housing project on reducing environmental footprint. He highlighted the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors in driving green initiatives forward. The Green Housing project is part of Reykjavík’s broader efforts to elevate architectural quality while advancing social and economic sustainability. By establishing clear benchmarks for emissions and lifecycle assessments, the City aims to foster innovation and collaboration citywide, setting a precedent for future sustainable urban development projects.