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Resource-efficient construction

A circular economy presupposes resource efficiency and lower amounts of residual products.

Waste management – residual products belong in an eco-cycle

In a circular economy, construction waste is averted by reducing both the amount of waste and the hazardous substances which otherwise prevent the waste from being used as a resource. Buildings, construction elements and products can be dismantled, repaired and upgraded in order to make them more sustainable and last longer. The amount of waste that goes to landfills is decreased, which means that recycling of materials – and consequently energy recovery – is increased. JM constantly works to reduce the amount of construction waste and to increase the recycling percentage for the waste that nevertheless remains. Designs, building methods and materials are also selected with the aim of potential recycling and recovery in mind when it is time for the building to be demolished in the future. JM's apartment building plans include a recycling room for food waste, sorted combustible waste, paper recycling, paper packaging, plastic packaging, metal packaging, colored and colorless glass, light sources, batteries and small electronics. JM thinks in terms of eco-cycles. By sorting waste during the construction work phase, which enables waste and used materials to be recycled, we reduce the need for natural resource extraction. When waste is managed properly, we also avoid dispersing air pollutants and toxins into the environment. Audits, environmental monitoring rounds and environmental key performance indicators are used to monitor and improve waste management on a continuous basis. When the buildings have been completed, they should last at least a hundred years, and after that point it should be possible to transform them into new materials and energy.

Resource efficiency

In a circular economy, resource efficiency is based on circular raw materials and assets such as bio-based, renewable and recyclable materials. The issue also pertains to developing greener and more efficient products, materials and technical solutions. JM primarily aims to use sustainable, resource-efficient and sound materials based on raw materials that are renewable or that have circular flows.

Robust construction and effective management

More steadfast homes with longer lifetimes are enabled through the development of robust building designs, technical solutions and individual construction goods that persevere better over time and that can withstand exterior factors such as climate change. This results in a longer life cycle for buildings, construction elements and individual construction goods, which leads to lower utilization of resources. JM's residential units are built using sound, proven and natural materials such as tile and wood. All pre-construction and installation work in our residential units complies with requirements under the industry rules "Safe Water Installation". The industry rules also apply to installed heating systems. We work with methods during pre-construction and production that prevent humidity in the building and that prevent moisture and water damage. We use moisture-tolerant and mold-resistant gypsum wallboard for both wet areas and exterior wall constructions. Stringent requirements are also placed on vapor barriers for bathroom walls in accordance with applicable building regulations. For effective management to be possible, the goal during the pre-construction, design and material selection phases should be to develop buildings that enable effective property management and that require very little maintenance of the individual building elements and technical systems.

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