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Small houses, apartment buildings and buildings for schools and pre-schools 089

The Nordic Ecolabel makes requirement of the building's energy use, chemical products, building products/goods and a number of indoor environmental aspects that are relevant to the health and the environment. The Nordic Ecolabel also makes requirements of quality management in the construction process, and the handover of the building to the residents and administration/operations.

Nordic Ecolabelled buildings are assessed on the basis of a lifecycle perspective and

  • have low energy consumption
  • fulfil strict environmental and health requirements on construction products, materials and chemical products
  • ensures a good indoor environment and low emissions
  • have a quality-assured construction process.

Building Materials Database

Our "Building Materials Database" is now launched. The Database contains both Ecolabelled products as well as listed products, which may be used in a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled building

In the database, producers of building materials are able to list their products and make them visible for companies, in the process of building a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled building. Licence holders and applying companies are then able to browse the database and create a list, containg all materials which will be used in the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled building. The new database will improve the application process and enable a better overview of all materials used in all Nordic Swan Ecolabelled building projects in the Nordic region.

Please click the link below to read more, to gain access to the database and to add your products.

  • Valid from 1 January 2019 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 3 000 EUR.
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 500 EUR.

    Licence fee

    The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled building is a one-time fee based on its habitable area The fee is 4,5 EUR per square meter living space. Half the fee is charged when the construction phase starts, and will not be repaid should the project not be finalized. The rest is charged when the building is completed.
    Minimum fee when no buildings are built during the year 2 000 EUR per year.

    Fee for extension / change of licence

    Extension (i.e. new projects, large additions of materials, alterations of management system) 1 500 EUR.

    Fee for on-site inspections

    One on-site inspection in the Nordic countries is included when applying for a new or renewed licence. Extra fees for additional inspections might come into question, for example, when visiting suppliers of prefabricated materials.

    Additional on-site inspection within the Nordic countries 500 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside the Nordic region, but within Europe 1 500 EUR per visit.
    On-site inspection outside Europe 2 500 EUR per visit.
    Additional fee for on-site inspections lasting longer than one day 1 000 EUR per day.

    Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.


  • Information on the latest version of the criteria for small houses, apartment buildings and buildings for scholls and pre-school buildings

    3.14 ⇛ 3.15: Adjustment of criteria and prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    Adjustments of the following requirements have been included in the criteria:

    • A time-limited exemption for zinc pyrithione in requirement O17
    • An extension of the time-limited exemption of the dispersant trimethylolpropane in requirement O17
    • Limit values were decided for the Faroe Islands in requirement O4, concerning the building's energy consumption 

    The validity of the criteria has also been extended by 12 months up to and including 30 September 2024.

    The new version is called 3.15.

    3.13 ⇛ 3.14: Adjustment of criteria and prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    Adjustment of requirements O12, O16, O27, O28, O29 and extension of the validity period of the criteria by 9 months up to and including 30 September 2023. The new criteria version is called 3.14.

    3.12 ⇛ 3.13: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustment of requirements O6 and P4 of better energy class based on the Energy Labelling Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 for combined refrigerator and freezer. The new version of the criteria is called 3.13.

    3.11 ⇛ 3.12: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments to the following requirements have been included in the criteria:

    • Requirement O6 Energy-efficient white goods and P4 White goods of the best energy class have been updated on the basis of the Energy Labelling Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 for relevant products.
    • Requirement O13 Daylight: The quantity / concept Daylight supply in parallel with Daylight factor (DF) has been introduced as an alternative way of verifying the requirement.
    • Requirement O24 Surface condition on floors, ceilings and walls: Exceptions for PVC as moldings for sauna doors have been introduced.

    The adjustments are published in criteria version 3.12.

    3.10 ⇛ 3.11: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments to the following requirements have been included in the criteria:

    • Requirement O17: Exemption for TiO2 and TMP has been decided on due to new classification.

    The adjustments are published in criteria version 3.11.

    3.9 ⇛ 3.10: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments to the following requirements have been included in the criteria:

    • Requirement O4: Energy consumption of the building. The requirements for Sweden are maintained as new national energy requirements come into force.
    • Requirement O16: Classification of chemical products has been updated.

    The adjustments are published in criteria version 3.10.

    3.8 ⇛ 3.9: Adjustment of criteria

    Some adjustments have been included in the criteria:

    • Requirement O23: Kitchen-sinks have been included in the requirement.
    • Requirement O13 on daylight has been updated with the method for calculating overtemperature.
    • Furthermore, the introduction of an optional point requirement for CO2 calculation on houses in Finland.

    The adjustments are published in criteria version 3.9.

    3.7 ⇛ 3.8: Adjusting the criteria

    Some adjustments have been included in the criteria:

    • Requirements O20: D4, D5 and D6 were excluded as residues from the production of silicone polymers of 1 000 ppm each.
    • Requirement O4 has been updated for Denmark with references to the new BR18.
    • In addition, an exception specifically for Finland due to differences in fire protection rules and classification of exterior doors resistant to fire has been introduced according to EN 16034. Instead of meeting the emission limit values in the table, apartment doors erected in Finland can show that the door meets class M1.
    • A national adjustment for Norway has been introduced: Schools must comply with Sound Class C for reverberation time.

    The adjustments are published in criteria version 3.8.

    3.6 ⇛ 3.7: Adjustment and prolongation of the criteria

    Some adjustments have been included in the criteria:

    • O4: The percentages for energy consumption of the buildning for Sweden have been raised. At the same time, the two exceptions are removed for detached houses under 130 square meters and multi-family houses in southern Sweden.
    • O20: The phthalate DIUP was added to the exceptions formotion joints outdoors.
    • Appendix 7 has been updated.
    • Appendix 8 has been updated.

    Furthermore, the criteria have been prolonged with 21 months. The new versionen is 3.7 and is valid until 2022-12-31.

    3.5 ⇛ 3.6: Adjustment of the criteria

    Some adjustments and clarifications have been included in the criteria:

    • The definition of "homes for the elderly" has been clarified under "What can carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel?".
    • O6: Product category "kitchen fan" has been removed. 
    • O6: Product category "fridges in prefabricated mini kitchens/kitchenettes" has been adopted.
    • Appendix 8 has been clarified regarding the term "power cables".
    • Appendix 9 has been updated.

    The new versionen is 3.6 and is valid until 2021-03-31.

    3.4 ⇛ 3.5: Adjustment and prolongation of the criteria

    A majority of adjustments and clarifications have been included in the criteria:

    • O24: Clarification regarding the ban on PVC inner surfaces has been clarified, including internal surface products such as moldings, doors, skirtings and interior doors.
    • Exceptions for 2-component products in operating spaces, see the definition at the end of section 4.2 "Built-in-place versus prefabricated".
    • Radon requirement O9 was clarified but the level of requirements is unchanged.
    • Daylight Requirements O13 and Appendix 5 were clarified to show how the maximum daylight factor and the risk of over-temperature must be verified.
    • In requirement O16 Classification of chemical products, exceptions were introduced so that it is possible to use acrylic flooring as compound flooring in commercial kitchens.
    • Two new point opptions were added and one point option was removed from the P10 point-score requirement. At the same time, the name of the claim changed to "Conscious Product Choice".
    • Two new appendices were introduced: Appendix 12b, which is a guide on reporting the propotion of certified wood, and Appendix 14, which provides a more detailed description of Green initiatives.
    • Requirements O16O17 and O20 have been adjusted to enable the use of naphtha-based primers for close-up assembly (low-ceilinged ceilings, green ceilings, courtyards / courtyards, terraces and the like) for motion joints outdoors and to ceiling glue.
    • Requirements O22 has been adjusted so that electrical cable conduits may contain a certain concentration of brominated flame retardents. The threshold limit values ​​are specified in the requirement and the content must be verified using ion chromatography.
    • Permenent exception for the specified brominated copolymer of butadiene and styrene in cellular insulation foam, under the conditions stated in requirement O22.
    • Requirements O25 "Windows and exterior doors of non-renewable materials" has been adjusted relating to aluminum. The definition of what is considered to be pre-consumer recycled material has been adjusted and the percentage has been changed from 30% to 40%.
    • Finland's energy requirement has been adjusted because a new regulation from the Ministry of the Environment on the energy performance of buildings came into force. And the energy requirement for Sweden as well as new energy rules came into force in BBR 25.

    In addition to the above-mentioned adjustments to the criteria, there has been a prolongation by 12 months to March 31, 2021. The new version is called 3.5.

    3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Alteration of criteria

    On 9 October 2017, the Nordic Critera Management Group decided on the following minor adjustments in the criteria:

      • O17: An exeption regarding the substance glyoxal (Cas-no 107-22-2) up to maximum 100 ppm in the final product if the pH-value exceeds pH8 in the final product.
      • O20: Primers to expansion joints outwardly on the building may contain up to 15% by weight of volatile aromatic compounds. The exeptions for tin organic catalysts in the requirement are adjusted to bebased on the content in the hardener system. Two different levels are determined. A lower (0.2%) in polyurethane based products and a higher (0.5%) in products of silicone, MS-polymer, and epoxy polymer.
      • O26: The requirement is completed with an exemption for copper in domestic waterpipes in service areas such as substations, machine rooms, electricity centresand similar areas.
      • O28: The requirement is completed with curtain walls and underlay on roofs to the bullet list of wooden construction parts to be in certified wood raw materialfrom Chain of Custody certifed suppliers.
        • O3: The point sum to be achieved was loweered for all building types, but only for Finland. The reason is that Ecolabelled construction products are available to a lower extent in Finland, which makes it more difficult to achieve points.
        • O4 and Appedix 4: Completed with the regulation BEN 1 from the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning.
        • O10: Some clarifications are made in requirement O10 Moisture prevention.
        • O15: Text in italics is removed  since it has been experienced as confusing.
        • O22: Jointing strips, tape and similar sealing products have been subject to our requriement and are used in a pretty large extent. Thus the bullet under Triviality limit and Appendix 8 are adjusted.
        • P5: 1 point for thermostatic mixers with shower in energy class B is introduced.
        • P11: The envelope text is removed and the envelope refers to requirement O28 instead.
        • O12 Noise Environment (solely applies to pre-school and school buildings)To compensate for differences in the noise standards the requirement is adjusted for Denmark, Norway and Finland in the following way:  reverberation and one additional parameter must fulfill noise class B. All other parameters shall fulfill noise class C. At the same time, the reference for Denmark is changed to "Trafik- og Byggestyrelsens vejledning  om lydbestemmelser (Akustisk Indeklima)".
        • O22 Excluded substances in construction products, construction goods and materials: Due to residual momomer levels in raw matrerial and also in final product (insulation material) an exception to the general  rule that impurities are not allowed to exceed 100 ppm is necessary. I In EPS and XPS insulation material manufactured by polystyrene, residues of styrene monomer are allowed in maximum l000 ppm in the  polystyrene (i.e in the raw material).
        • O28: An exception to the general rule that suppliers shall be Chain of Custody Certified has been introduced in requirement O28. A non Chain of Custody certified supplier can be approved, provided that the supplier can garantee that the wood raw material is purchased from a Chain of Custodu certified wood raw material  supplier which can prove that the wood raw mateiral fulfills the Nordic Ecolabelling requirements.
        • O13 Daylight: Pre-schools situated on the ground floor in apartment buildings where the daylight is restricted by the surrounding, can as an alternative fulfill the daylight factor requirement in the relevant country's building code.
        • The new version is called 3.2 and is valid until 2020-03-31.
        • O16 Classification of chemical products: The exception makes it possible to use chemical anchors  classified H400, in installation of reinforcing bars in concrete constructions in apartment buildings.
        • O 22 Excluded substances in construction products, construction goods and materials: The exception makes it possible to use foam insulation protected with the flame retardant butadien styrene brominated copolymer, if certain conditions are fulfilled. The excetion is limited to 31 December 2017.
        • The energy requirement O4 has been completed with an alternative way to fulfil the requirement. The applicant can either relate the energy use of the building to the earlier building regulation or to the new regulation which has come  into force in Denmark and Sweden. Due to this, requirement O8, O42 and P1 are also adjusted.
        • CLP classification rules in requirement O15, O16 and O20 and Appendix 5 are introduced.
        • The restriction on antimony trioxide to apply to concentrations of antimony trioxide exceeding 1 weight percent in the building products has been adjusted.
        • A clarification regarding boron compounds in requirement O17, O21, appendix 5 and appendix 6 was introduced.
        • An exemption for driers (less than 0.3 %) in paints that contain alkyd based binders was also made.
        • A clarification has been made stating that the ban on chromium only regards chromium (VI). Requirements O17 and O21 are now harmonized.
        • O27: The formaldehyde criterium has been harmonized with the Nordic Ecolabel criteria for Panels for the building, decorating and furniture industry and also for furniture. This means that the highest allowed value will be 0, 124 mg formaldehyde/m3 air for MDF boards.
        • The more stringent level will come into force on July 1st, 2014.
        • O8: O8, "Individual measurement of energy", is complemented by the following exception: An exemption is made for hot water consumption in extensions to existing buildings, where it is not technically feasible to install a system for individual measurement due to existing pipes. The qualification for the exemption is that one of the measurements described in P2 are installed and that an energy saving of 25% or more, based on the hot water consumption is achieved. 1 point will then be reduced from P2.

    At the same time the text in requirement O2O14 and P11 were clearified. The introductory texts in sections 4.2 Chemical product and "The following is valid forconcrete and cement" were also clearified. The clearification of text implies no change in requirement level but only to increase the clarity.

    Appendices 6, 7 and 9 have been corrected accordingly.

    In addition to the above-mentioned adjustments to the criteria, they have been extended by 12 months to March 31, 2021. The new version is called 3.5.

    3.3 ⇛ 3.4: Alteration of criteria

    The new version is called 3.4 and is valid until 2020-03-31.

    3.2 ⇛ 3.3: Alteration of criteria

    The new version is called 3.3 and is valid until 2020-03-31.

    3.1⇛ 3.2: Alteration of criteria

    3.0⇛ 3.1: Alteration of criteria

    Two adjustments were introduced:

    3.0: New criteria generation

    Version 3.0 of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for small houses, apartment buildings and pre-school buildings were decided on March 9th, 2016. Version 3.0 of the criteria is valid until March 30th, 2020.

    2.12⇛ 2.13: Alteration of criteria

    The criteria have been prolonged to October 31st, 2017, to give at least 18 months transition period. The new version is called 2.13.

    2.11⇛ 2.12: Alteration of criteria

    The new version, 2.12, is valid until June 30th, 2017.

  • We are so happy you decided to send in an application for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel!

    The application process starts by you downloading the application form and filling it in. You then send it to Ecolabelling Sweden.

    Download the application form here.

    We will register your application and send you a confirmation. You will also be assigned an advisor and eventually also called for a start-up meeting.

    Nordic Ecolabelling Portal

    For the finished building to be Nordic Swan Ecolabelled, the constituent materials must meet all Nordic Ecolabelling requirements for small houses, apartment buildings and buildings for schools and pre-schools. We make demands on construction products, construction products, materials and chemical products.

    Products that are already Nordic Swan Ecolabelled or EU Ecolabelled are automatically approved to be part of a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled construction project. Other products must be documented and approved separately. This is done by the applicant company putting together a list of materials intended to be used, in the Nordic Ecolabelling Portal.

    Nordic Ecolabelling has produced a product matrix that can be of great help when it comes to finding out which information must be reported when the products are declared.

    Download the product matrix here.

    We have also developed general instructions for Nordic Ecolabelling Portal users who, among other things, explain the difference between a listed product and a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled product and give a clear explanation of what the registration of products means.

    We wish you luck with your application and, most importantly, your work towards a more sustainable world!

    For more information: "Application step by step"

Elin Ottosson Advisor +46 (0)8-55 55 24 06