Housing cooperative Tullporten in Nyköping has saved so much energy that it is regarded as a good example for the EU directive for more efficient use of energy. The housing cooperative has achieved this thanks mainly to a new district heating substation and the adjustment of flow to the radiators. It is FVB that was given the task of adjusting the flow and as a result more housing cooperatives have enlisted their help.
Tullporten is situated in central Nyköping and consists of three apartment blocks that were built in 1958. Like many other housing cooperatives, running costs are one of the major items of expenditure, something that became very apparent to Jan Törnblom when he took over as chairman of Tullporten.
– I have been a CEO and company owner for most of my working life and have therefore attended many board meetings. When I took over as chairman I saw a huge potential to make improvements. I started to run our meetings in the same way limited companies run their board meetings and everyone on the board was given different areas of responsibility. This was an important part of our work to save energy, Jan Törnblom explains.
Jan Törnblom undertook to go through the housing cooperative’s income and expenses.
– After that, we entered into a number of new agreements with our suppliers. When it came to heating costs, which was a major item of expenditure, we started to discuss whether we should stick with district heating or switch to geothermal heating but we decided that for technical and financial reasons it was better to stay with district heating. The next step was to look into how we could make our district heating system more efficient, says Jan Törnblom.