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Building for enjoyment and well-being

It is extremely important to us that our employees have the best possible work environment, and that our customers’ living environment is optimized as well.

Work environment

All JM employees are to feel safe at work. We have a zero tolerance vision regarding accidents on the job, and our aim is for employees to work their entire professional life without being subjected to any occupational diseases.

The "Neatness and Order Audit" is used at JM's construction sites as a one aspect of our preventative safety program. The audit checks preventative safety measures such as risk management procedures and usage of personal protective gear and that workplaces are neat and tidy, that there are scheduled inspections and that appropriate permits have been obtained. A whistleblowing system is used to report and follow up accidents and incidents.

Customer satisfaction

JM is to be the customer's first choice when buying a new home on our markets. We focus on the customer's needs, and we are a customer-oriented company. This is one of our most important competitive advantages. In order to assume a leading position, we must be quick to recognize and understand how people live and work. From a slightly longer term perspective, the most important societal changes include urbanization, the aging population and a firmer focus on the environment and sustainability.

As a means of ascertaining housing needs, we continuously conduct various customer surveys using focus groups, at-home interviews and web panels, for example. Our business intelligence helps us identify relevant trends and external events that influence JM's customers. JM also aims to be more open and sensitive to the needs of customers when they purchase their home. Customers are given the opportunity to take part in the project at the earliest stage possible so that they be a part of and influence the process.

Indoor environment

Many people perceive loud sounds and noise as one of the biggest problems in a residential environment. JM's residential units are dimensioned for a B rating in sound transmission (making them quieter than what Swedish building regulations require) as regards installations, airborne sound and the sound of footsteps between apartments. Exceptions are made for sounds from installations in rooms that cannot be separated from the kitchen. Our extra thick walls and floor structure provide very good insulation between apartments. Our exterior doors are required to have a good sound transmission rating, and we avoid mail slots in doors by placing mailboxes in the entry to the stairwells.

The quality of indoor air is determined by the presence, strength and types of pollutant sources in the building, the amount of air flow, the ventilation's effectiveness and the purity of the air that is supplied to the building. We still know very little about the effect of pollutants in indoor air, but at present there are requirements regarding air flows and bad odors, as well as recommendations for acceptable concentrations of substances such as formaldehyde, radon, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. JM actively works to ensure good air quality through good and well-planned ventilation, radon-resistant constructions and selection of safe materials, for example.

Warranty certificates are required to guarantee that the utilized backfilling materials satisfy the specific requirements in the area as regards environmentally hazardous substances and radon. If the radon risk classification is normal or high, inlets in cellar walls and the bottom slab are sealed for radon. Indoor radon levels are always measured. When an apartment building is built on a shallow foundation, all of the apartments on the ground floor are measured; otherwise at least 10% of the apartments are measured. All of the units are measured in single-family home projects. JM's residential units have PVC-free walls and flooring.

We avoid hazardous substances that might otherwise be found in paint, adhesives, putty, flooring and roofing materials.

JM works with methods during pre-construction and production that prevent humidity in the building and that prevent moisture and water damage, which can give rise to health disorders.

The connection between the thermal climate and the climate's impact on the human experience is relatively well known. The most important factors include the air's temperature and movement, thermal radiation from the surrounding areas, level of activity and clothing. During the pre-construction stage for new buildings, JM ensures that the residential units always achieve a good thermal climate for a high degree of comfort and well-being. JM's pre-construction procedures govern how indoor temperature is dimensioned for homes at the DVUT (design value for outdoor winter temperature, according to the national Building Regulations, BBR of Sweden) +22°C, adjustment of the heating system to an ambient room temperature of +21°C and air speed of 0.15m/s.

Design of buildings, residential units, yards and entrances

The design of buildings, yards and entrances forms the basis for the social community that exists in the individual properties. With an aesthetically pleasing design and an inviting and attractive environment – in combination with social functions – the residential units and their immediate surroundings offer a starting point for a sense of community among residents.

The microclimate found in the yards and around the buildings is greatly influenced by the orientation, height, colors, design and vegetation associated with the building itself as well as with nearby buildings. These aspects also impact access to solar radiation and shade, and to protection against wind and heat.

In order to create an outdoor environment that is as pleasant and functional as possible for JM's homes, all of these factors are taken into account in the early analysis and project planning. JM manages these issues by performing a structured analysis of customers, site and product; the project's design is analyzed and planned in light of local conditions and strategic objectives.

How the residential units are planned is also important at JM. Some important aspects include the possibility to add an inner wall between the kitchen and living room to divide up an open plan living area, good accessibility for baby carriages, wheelchairs and walking frames and easy access to storage areas.

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Social cohesion

 

 

Work Environment Day

As part of our proactive focus on the work environment, we hold a Work Environment Day every year. The focus in 2016 was on our safety culture and what individual employees can do to help make the work environment safer for everyone, regardless of whether they work at a construction site or in an office.

Neatness and order – work environment audit

The work environment audit (Neatness and Order Audit) is conducted twice a year at all of our construction sites. Safety railings, access routes and personal protective equipment are inspected during the audit. The audit checks preventative safety measures such as risk management procedures and that workplaces are neat and tidy, that there are scheduled inspections and that appropriate permits have been obtained. In order to pass the audit, a construction site must have at the most a 9 percent deviation or at least a 91 percent weighted score. The two most common incidents in 2016 were being hit by falling or flying objects and same-level falls. The two most common accidents involved contact with sharp objects and same-level falls.