18 October 2023

During spring, pilot tests have been launched where participating parties test and evaluate the criteria and possibilities of the certification in practice. The certification will constitute a significant marker for sustainability in the commercial real estate and interior design industry and serve as an incentive for stakeholders to take measures to reduce the environmental impact of their premises both in operation and when there is a change.

RISE, Sweden's research institute and innovation partner, is leading the process of developing a certification for the Hållbar interiör eco-label and the first to test the certification process are Ogeborg, RP and Ludvig Svensson. An important focus during this on going projekt is the extensive participation of different operators who together represent the entire value chain in interior projects.

“The pilot tests are a very important part of the development of the certification, as we test that the requirements and criteria both produce the desired effects and that the certification is of use to the tenants.” says Ann-Charlotte Mellquist, senior researcher and project manager for RISE.

Ogeborg showroom in Stockholm, ODC Dot and ODC Line by Note. Photo: Osman Tahir.

“We need to help the industry and customers to focus on and integrate sustainability in all purchases related to interior design. The most important thing about the HI certification of our premises in Stockholm is not the result itself, but that we raise awareness of the processes that lead to more sustainable choices when we want to make changes in our interiors.” says Martin Pollak, Sustainability Project Manager at Ogeborg.

Ogeborg showroom in Stockholm, ODC Dot and ODC Line by Note. Photo: Osman Tahir.

RISE, Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner, is leading the development of a certification for the Hållbar Interiör eco-label and has begun working on the pilot project in spring. A central and significant part of this work is the diverse and extensive participation of various businesses that together represent the entire value chain of interior projects. The project involves producers, architects, facility management companies and tenants. By involving stakeholders from different parts of the industry, Hållbar Interiör and RISE can rely on their expertise and experience to create a certification that is well-adapted to the needs and challenges of the sector.

“The pilot tests are a very important part of the development of the certification, as we test that the requirements and criteria both produce the desired effects and that the certification is of use to the tenants. The pilots are carried out in two stages, testing a planning-dialogue and a certification audit. We are now in the middle of the planning dialogue and so far we have received a very positive response from users. We look forward to completing the pilot in autumn!” says Ann-Charlotte Mellquist, senior researcher and project manager of RISE.

During spring 2023, Ogeborg, RP and Ludvig Svensson were the first to test the certification process together with RISE. These companies, which operate in different areas of the interior design industry, all strive to promote sustainability and responsibility in their products and services. By becoming certified, they will be able to more clearly demonstrate their commitment to offering environmentally friendly and sustainable products, while meeting the requirements and standards set. They will be able to visualise their commitment to promoting the circular economy and reducing waste by offering quality products with reduced environmental impact.

Important commitment from participating partners

The commitment shown by the project’s partners is essential to achieving our goals of promoting sustainability and taking leadership in the industry. Their participation will help to shape and improve the Hållbar Interiör certification and open the door for other participants to follow their example and work towards a more sustainable future in interior design.

“We need to help the industry and customers to focus on and integrate sustainability in all purchases related to interior design. The most important thing about the HI certification of our premises in Stockholm is not the result itself, but that we raise awareness of the processes that lead to more sustainable choices when we want to make changes in our interiors.” says Martin Pollak, Sustainability Project Manager at Ogeborg.

The creation of sustainable interior design projects: a collaboration between producers, architects, facility management companies and tenants to ensure the effectiveness of the certification.

The certification aims to strengthen the credibility of sustainable interior projects and support choices that are better from a sustainability perspective. It therefore involves producers, architects, facility management companies and tenants, all of whom play crucial roles in creating sustainable interior design projects. Participating partners test and evaluate the criteria and certification opportunities in practice together with RISE. This participation strengthens the quality of and trust in the criteria and certification produced.

Architects have a deep understanding of the design and planning of interior design projects. Their expertise can help to develop criteria and guidelines for sustainable design and layout within the certification. By integrating sustainability aspects at an early stage of the project, architects can ensure that environmental questions are taken into consideration throughout the process.

Producers play a key role in the development of the certification. Their knowledge of material selection, manufacturing processes and production methods is crucial in determining which criteria should be included in the certification. The cooperation with producers reinforces that the certification promotes the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and production methods in interior design projects.

Facility management companies have the knowledge and experience to operate and manage buildings and interiors. Their expertise is valuable in identifying and implementing sustainable solutions and maintenance practices that contribute to achieving the set certification requirements.

Tenant participation is also of great importance. By involving tenants in the development of the certification, RISE can gain insight into their needs and requirements for sustainability. Tenants are often able to influence projects through their specifications and requirements, and their involvement can help drive the use of sustainable solutions and materials.

By bringing together these different skills and experiences, RISE can create a certification for Hållbar interiör that is well-balanced and realistic. The certification will be an important marker for sustainability in the interior design industry and serve as an incentive for stakeholders to take measures to reduce the environmental impact of their projects.

RISE has a strong position as the project manager for the development of the certification and can draw on its broad knowledge base and expertise in the field. By working with producers, architects, facility management companies and tenants, RISE will ensure that the certification is relevant, credible and effective.

A pioneering endeavour

Hållbar interiör is the most interesting project in the interior design industry right now. With the Hi certification, RISE and the interior design industry are taking decisive steps towards a more sustainable future. Through the collaboration between representatives from the entire value chain, this certification will be a strong marker for sustainability and an incentive for participants to reduce their environmental impact. It is a groundbreaking initiative that will revolutionise the way we think about interior design and set the standard for sustainability in the industry. Through these joint efforts, we can shape an interior design industry that takes leadership and inspires action for a more sustainable future.

Read more about the project here on the website and learn how you need to work with your interiors to reduce your climate impact. Follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram for news about the project and information on upcoming webinars.

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