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Sustainability – relevant words and expressions

Everyone talks about sustainability, but what does it actually mean? We have created a list of relevant words and expressions that are used within our field.

Sustainability – relevant words and expressions

What does sustainability mean?

The UN defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Based on this, the UN has drawn up a working plan or Sustainable Development Goals, which entail, for example, measures for more sustainable cities and societies, responsible consumption and production, clean energy, as well as focus on innovation and infrastructure.

At OBOS Block Watne this means that we build homes that are specifically tailored for a more eco-friendly lifestyle for residents. This includes:

  • Electricity and other forms of energy from renewable sources
  • Green common areas
  • Minimal car traffic in the neighbourhood
  • Easy access to public transport
  • Bike parking
  • Roof vegetation and other green measures for stormwater management

As one of Norway’s leading actors in the construction industry, this also means that everything we do in the construction process will be focused on sustainability and the environment. We are particularly focused on this throughout the value chain, from the procurement of raw materials, logistics, operations and the actual construction phase.

What is ISO certification?

ISO certification relates to a number of international standards that apply to the majority of sectors. This certification demonstrates that the relevant company works in accordance with the requirements stipulated in the relevant standard. The standards are controlled by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The most common ISO standards are for quality and environmental management. Block Watne has been certified to NS-EN ISO 9001/Quality since 1994 and in autumn 2019 was also certified to NS-EN ISO 14001/Environment

Through such certification we are confirming and communicating a message to our customers and society that OBOS Block Watne takes responsibility for ensuring quality control and a more sustainable environment. We have prepared a specific quality and environmental policy throughout our value chain and conduct annual evaluations that quality assure what we do.

Read more about enviromental certification an our work here 

What is renewable energy?

Clean power, or renewable energy, are energy sources derived from nature’s own cycle, which are constantly replenished by new energy and which can therefore be regarded as unlimited.

In Norway, we are very smart at utilising clean power from renewable energy sources. In fact, 90% of Norwegian energy production is from renewable sources. The greatest source of clean power in Norway is hydropower. With more than 1,600 hydropower stations around the country, hydropower constitutes over 94% of Norwegian production. This is followed by wind power and thermal power, which constitute 3.5% and 2.2% of the total, respectively, i.e. most domestic power in Norway comes from renewable sources of energy.

Read more about clean power 

Why is HSE important?

Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE) are important to ensuring that employees feel safe and secure at work. At OBOS Block Watne we have implemented a number of procedures and measures throughout our housing projects and we have particularly focused on reducing sickness absence, the frequency of strain injuries, as well as accidents and incidents at construction sites.

At OBOS Block Watne we want all employees to feel feel assured that their safety, well-being and personal development is being addressed every single day of the year.

We also try to ensure that all apprentices have a safe and secure workplace at OBOS Block Watne. Apprentices will enter a system that has good procedures, the safest working conditions and the most competent people in the business. Up-and-coming carpenters will be looked after and ensured good working conditions for the entire period.

In collaboration with the Norwegian Nordic Combined team, we have made a film about the parallels between a craftsman and a top athlete. In the film, we demonstrate how important HSE can be:

See the film here 



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