The official Nordic Ecolabel

The Nordic Council of Ministers decided to introduce the Nordic Ecolabel in 1989. The purpose was to give Nordic consumers a good basis on which to choose products that met strict environmental criteria.

Today there are 63 product groups and thousands of Nordic Ecolabelled goods and services on the Swedish market. Since 2009, it has also been possible for small houses, apartment buildings and buildings for schools and pre-schools that meet the criteria to be Nordic Ecolabelled.

Ecolabelling Sweden has overall responsibility for the Nordic Ecolabel in Sweden. For more information about the Nordic Ecolabel and Ecolabelling Sweden, visit www.svanen.se.

NCC has a concept for apartment blocks and small houses with a Nordic Ecolabel license, as well as experience in building unique buildings for Nordic Ecolabelling.

The nordic ecolabel asses various environmental aspects:

  • Construction process
  • Energy
  • Indoor environment
  • Materials
  •  Chemicals
  • Instructions for residents
  • Quality management systems

The most important properties for a Nordic Ecolabelled building are that they...

are energy-efficient and have a low environmental impact.
A low-energy building from NCC has a more efficient building envelope, with better insulation, better sealing windows and smarter ventilation compared with a traditional building.

are built using materials that contain as little substances that are harmful to health and the environment as possible.
A Nordic Ecolabelled building from NCC uses materials that meet the stringent requirements of the Nordic Ecolabel. This means, for example, that all risk products are carefully reviewed to ensure that no environmentally harmful, carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic or toxic substances are included. Examples of substances that are known to be harmful are brominated flame retardants and bisphenol A. The use of substances that science has yet to establish are harmful or safe, for example the use of nanomaterials, is also strictly controlled and limited for safety's sake. The wood products used in a building are checked to ensure that they do not come from forests with a high conservation value and that the wood does not come from genetically modified plants.

have a good indoor environment, making them a healthier place to live.
A Nordic Ecolabelled building from NCC only uses low-emission materials approved by Ecolabelling Sweden (which limits the amount of formaldehyde in fiberboard for example), and the air quality in the indoor environment is also carefully checked. In addition, the building's sound insulation must also meet a high standard.

are of good quality.
To be approved as a builder of Nordic Ecolabelled buildings, NCC has a control process verified by Ecolabelling Sweden that ensures good quality in general and fulfillment of all the Nordic Ecolabel requirements in particular. Part and parcel of this is of course ensuring that the production is kind to the environment and resource-efficient.

have a thorough operation and maintenance plan to easily ensure that the building remains energy-efficient and retains its good indoor environment for a long time.
Whoever moves into, or invests in, a Nordic Ecolabelled low-energy building from NCC knows that they will receive support on how best to look after and use the building/apartment. The user instructions contain important tips and advice. Following these could see residents consuming 25% less energy than in some other equivalent newbuilds.