Barkarbystaden will be a green neighborhood where it is easy to live a sustainable life.
Barkarbystaden is one of the biggest expansion areas in Stockholm right now. Over a ten year period an entirely new district grows forward with 10,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs.
Smart automated waste collection and flexible separation at source
The municipality Järfälla took 2011 a political decision that it should be a vacuum waste collection system in the area. It is the first municipality in Sweden, which itself stands as principal (both for investment and responsibility) for the vacuum system.
Many households and commercial operations in Barkarbystaden will be connected to the vacuum waste system. The vacuum system transports household waste, plastic and newspapers in underground pipes to a terminal, where the garbage truck picks up the waste. This eliminates the garbage truck driving around to all the buildings, but instead retrieving all household waste in one place. This decreases the amount of transportation and reduces the risk of odor and pests, since the waste will not be stored in containers on the property. The households that have vacuum waste collection will also sort out the food waste through a food waste disposer in the kitchen. The food waste is digested and becomes biogas.
In Barkarbystaden there will be housing with both rental apartments, condominiums, townhouses and villas, workplaces, schools, culture and service. Barkarby market place, one of the country's largest shopping malls, is located here.
Barkarbystaden will be characterized by sustainable and low energy consumption. The houses will be well insulated to reduce energy consumption and the goal is for the settlement in Barkarbystaden, on average, have 30 percent less energy than what is common.
Herresta school in Barkarbystaden started up in January, 2016.
Herresta School is Sweden's first and largest school built entirely of solid wood. The school is built in accordance with the environmental certification of gold, which means that there are extra high demands on energy conservation, air quality, acoustics and chemicals. The frame in solid wood also helps the school become almost carbon neutral. 1.400 m2 of solar panels on the roof will cover a large part of the school's energy consumption.