Environmentally friendly housing

Environmentally friendly housing has low energy consumption, makes use of environmentally friendly building materials and has a good indoor climate.

Norwegian households use the most electricity for heating purposes and warm water in the entire world. Reducing the amount of domestic electricity use would therefore both be an important environmental and cost- cutting measure. In fact the most environmentally friendly energy is the kind that isn’t used at all.

The prerequisite for a good indoor climate in housing is to use substances that don’t emit harmful gasses or cause allergies when touched. A bad indoor climate can lead to headaches, frequent infections, concentration difficulties, problems with airwaves and nausea.

The Norwegian State Housing Bank’s (NSHB) most important target group and partners in the environmental field are the enthusiastic employees in the municipalities and the building sector. We want to foster more co-operation between members of the private and public sector in order to create more environmentally friendly housing.

We wish to support research that will contribute to the development of new technology and energy efficient building practices. The aim is that the NSHB together with other parts of the public sector will be able to contribute to stricter regulations being introduced in the Planning and Building Act.

Our work with environmentally friendly housing is based on the Governments environmental actionplan for the housing and building sector.