Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:17

New residential construction in Helsinki increased for third consecutive year

The number of new housing units completed in Helsinki in 2016 was 4,395. The number of housing starts was 5,129, and building permits were granted for 5,597 units.

New residential construction in Helsinki has been at markedly higher levels in the 2010s than in the previous decade. Since 2012, an average of 4,500 new housing units have been completed in each year.

Housing starts in 2016 exceeded the number of units completed, so the number of housing units under construction remained at 7,000. The number of building permits granted in 2016 was record high for the third consecutive year. As a result, new residential construction is expected to remain robust in the current year. The residential construction target set by the City Council is currently 6,000 new housing units annually.

In 2015 new residential construction largely focused on non-subsidized owner-occupied and rental housing. In terms of ownership types, the breakdown of new housing starts and new building permits in 2016 was markedly closer to the targeted breakdown defined in the programme for housing and related land use approved by the City Council. The shares of both non-subsidized rental housing and right-of-occupancy housing were markedly higher in new residential construction in 2016 than in the previous year.

The most significant area of housing starts in 2016 continued to be West Harbour (Länsisatama), where housing starts again exceeded 1,000. The largest number of new housing units completed was in Kruunuvuorenranta. New residential areas represented 58 percent of housing units under construction at the turn of the year, and 42 percent consisted of infill construction.

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 14:33

Helsinki Publishes Energy and Climate Atlas on 3D City Model

The 3D atlas is a tool for implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings

The City of Helsinki has compiled extensive energy-related data on the Helsinki building stock into Energy and Climate Atlas and makes the atlas available as open data. The atlas is executed and visualized on Helsinki’s 3D city information model, which allows easy utilization and further application of the data. The atlas is a part of the toolkit that helps Helsinki to cut carbon dioxide emissions and eventually to reach carbon neutrality.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:27

Digital solutions to put spaces to efficient use

The Flexi Spaces project of the Forum Virium Helsinki innovation unit has created a model to give citizens and communities easy access to various spaces. The model utilizes digital solutions such as smart locks and web-based space reservation and payment platforms. The new model for opening spaces, tested in the Helsinki smart city district of Kalasatama, has been a success.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:35

Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri

The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service 

The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.

The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:12

Karting, Latin dance and technology – a second city underground

Increasingly versatile spaces are situated in a Helsinki that is getting more densely built over time. Thanks to underground building, building land above ground is spared for other purposes.