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Swedens healthiest preschool inaugurated in Ronneby

The town Ronneby is the seat of Ronneby municipality in southern Sweden. Within a 15 min ride from Ronneby city center you can reach the village Listerby, where you can find Swedens healthiest preschool inspired by Cradle to Cradle: Backsippans preschool.
The old preschool building had problems with mold and bad building quality – as many preschools built within the 70-80ies in Sweden. When the decision came to demolish the preschool, Cradle to Cradle thinking had just gained momentum in the municipality. Some politicians got inspired by a study visit to the Netherlands, and brought the concept of Cradle to Cradle back home to Ronneby. Through the work of public servants the municipality approved an overall quality program for sustainable building in 2012. When it was clear that a new preschool will be built, the planning started based on the quality program that embraces Cradle to Cradle values. Construction started in summer 2013, after a number of stakeholder meetings and with high ambitions on material safety and quality.
The building was constructed on the same budget as a conventional preschool building with a comparative size, and it consumes less than half the energy and it consists of known and healthy materials. All Cradle to Cradle ambitions with measurable goals will be evaluated after the building is finished but also when it is in use, e.g. indoor air quality will be measured and evaluated continuously. And it is not just the building itself but the interior, the toys, cleaning and food will be future areas to improve even further to reach highest standards and fullfill the holistic goals.

Backsippans preschool has been chosen as 1 out of 10 best practice examples for sustainable buildings made in Sweden. The project of the healthiest preschool will therefor be presented at the World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona in October 2014.

The building was inaugurated last week and had already around 300 visitors.
The kids and main stakeholders looked forward to finally move into their new preschool.


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