The Story of Lahti

Lahti supports green growth by investing heavily in renewables and green infrastructure. By 2020 at least one third of public procurements and investments will be targeted at projects that create new innovations, especially in the field of circular economy.

Green infrastructure

City planning determines the use and construction principles of municipal areas. The growing field of urban hydrology and stormwater strategies implemented are helping to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater discharges. Ecological stormwater management is carefully considered in newly built areas.

Lahti’s commitment to the National Energy Efficiency Agreement has brought continuous improvement in the energy efficiency of municipal premises. Major landmarks such as Lahti Sports Centre, the City Hall and Sibelius Hall, are the core focus of this large energy-efficiency project, scheduled for completion in 2022.

Smart lightning is being piloted in the Satamaraitti harbour trail area. The objective is to use lighting infrastructure as a service platform – an Internet of Things backbone – in an intelligent city. Street lighting is increasingly LED operated, offering more security and helping to save energy.

 

 

Major landmarks are the core focus of this large energy-efficiency project, scheduled for completion in 2022

Living innovations in urban districts

Different districts demonstrate innovative living solutions and growing business areas offer cost-efficient environments for new business. Lahti city centre functions as a test bed for a variety of smart solutions, especially in mobility as a service (MaaS), energy-efficient construction and lightning. Recycled materials are tested in road construction and the number of green roofs has started to increase around the city. 

The district of Asko represents successful energy architecture by using groundwater in heating and cooling the premises. The vision is to create a resource-efficient area, with a high-quality cityscape, that is a forerunner in the use of intelligent technology. Karisto is an example of an energy-efficient wooden construction neighbourhood model. Hennala garrison area, on the other hand, was recently repurposed to become ecological residential and business premises. This city quarter has very different settings, with the planned end result combining historic premises with modern solutions.

Once completed, Henna, city of the future, in Orimattila will offer eco-city solutions for business and living. The growing business areas in Hollola and Orimattila provide cost-effective surroundings with water cooling opportunities for new businesses.

 

 

 Top notch housing solutions

There are also several reference sites where local companies can showcase their cutting-edge housing technologies and progressive material solutions. Finland’s first passive house apartment complex and a zero-energy blocks of flats represent local energy efficient building architecture. The Onnelanpolku sheltered housing facility was built using a near zero energy building concept and it is the first passive apartment building in Finland to be certified by the Passive House Institute.

The Finnish Motorcycle Museum, on the other hand, combines a wide range of local environmentally friendly housing technologies and solutions and features innovative material usage in its construction.

The new Green Leaf schools are shining examples of multifunctional and low-energy schools. Heinsuo and Kalliola schools represent the latest expertise in combining open and changing learning environments and energy efficiency solutions. Of the energy used by Kalliola School, 90% is generated locally and sustainably using ground heat sources.

 

 

There are several reference sites where local companies can showcase their cutting-edge housing technologies

The infrastructure of tomorrow? We predict that…

  • Cities of the future will be planned from the bottom up, not from above.
  • Local land-use models will be globally scalable. We are committed to active and open sharing of local expertise.
  • Diverse living and action districts with new services and solutions will improve quality of life.
  • Smart buildings will produce more energy than they consume.
  • Green areas in the city are more and more city gardens; sources of healthy food and meeting places for citizens.

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Looking at a 40-year period, the largest City development investments are now being implemented to support the region’s green growth, infrastructure, increased transport and mobility, and tourism and leisure. Massive investment plans for renewables and energy efficiency are worth at least MEUR 290 for the period 2017–2019. Development work is being carried out with renewable resources and products, green logistics, and nature and water reserve areas, for example.

By 2020 at least one third of public procurements and investments will be targeted at projects that create new innovations in circular economy. Recent major green investments, including biomass-fuelled and gasification plants for energy generation, as well as several materials processing facilities and a city centre stormwater management system represent long-term, resource-wise thinking. Lahti Sports Centre is a platform for renewable energy production and energy saving investments.

Bold investments have brought us international recognition. International nominations in recent years are mainly due to investments in renewables and new types of smart city solutions. Investments are also on an unusually large scale for a small city.

Living innovations in urban districts

Lahti has several urban districts that serve as showcases of smart living innovations. Lahti city centre functions as a test bed for a variety of smart solutions, especially in mobility as a service (MaaS), and renovation and lightning solutions. The district of Asko represents successful energy architecture by using groundwater in heating and cooling the premises. The vision is to create a resource-efficient area, with a high-quality cityscape, that is a forerunner in the use of intelligent technology. Karisto is an example of an energy-efficient wooden construction neighbourhood model. Hennala garrison area was recently repurposed to become ecological residential and business premises. This city quarter has very different settings, with the planned end result combining historic premises with modern solutions.

Once completed, Henna, city of the future, in Orimattila will feature a light-traffic based eco-city for business and living. A true playground for a variety of future living and mobility solutions. The growing business areas in Hollola, Hopeakallio and Kukonkoivu provide cost-effective surroundings with modern data connections and sufficient water cooling opportunities for new businesses. Orico in Pennala, Orimattila, offers energy-efficient and centralised grocery storage facilities.

Top notch housing solutions

There are also several reference sites where local companies can showcase their cutting-edge housing technologies and progressive material solutions. Finland’s first passive house apartment complex, zero-energy blocks of flats and an almost zero energy sheltered housing facility for elderly people represent energy efficient building architecture.

The Finnish Motorcycle Museum, on the other hand, combines a range of local environmentally friendly housing technologies and solutions. Ground source heat pumps; solar panels; solutions for ventilation, cooling and heat recovery; LED lighting and recycled materials are used in an innovative way.
The Green Leaf schools are shining examples of multifunctional and low-energy schools. Heinsuo and Kalliola schools represent the latest expertise in combining open and changing learning environments and energy efficiency solutions. Of the energy used by Kalliola School, 90% is generated locally and sustainably using ground heat sources.

Environmental counselling

Lahti’s public environmental counselling unit provides free-of-charge environmental advice. Everyone can participate in local voluntary environmental work.

People are encouraged to take note of and lower their own energy use and the effects this has on their living costs. The City counselling unit offers a variety of meters that can be borrowed for private energy use monitoring.

Online solutions can help residents reach optimal energy efficiency in their lives. An energy solution comparison system to allow residents to compare choices and find the optimal energy-saving solution for their own home is available at energiavalinta.fi. Sustainable options could include solar energy, geothermal or pellet heating, green energy or a smart combination of these. A material footprint calculator is available online at niisku.fi.

 

The infrastructure of tomorrow? We predict that…

…lasting cities of the future will be planned from the bottom up, not from above. …local land-use models will be globally scalable. We are committed to active and open sharing of local expertise. … the southern ring road will open up new business logistics opportunities. …specialised living districts and new living solutions will increase residents’ quality of life. Smart buildings produce more energy than they consume.