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Real Estate Strategy Project

Project manager:

Jaakko Stauffer, Technical Director, Urban Environment Division

Responsible in the City Executive Group:

Mikko Aho, Executive Director of the Urban Environment Division

Project description:

In Helsinki, children and adolescents have safe and sound learning environments. The City of Helsinki cooperates actively with the State, the other bigger cities in Finland, with universities and researchers and with the construction industry to find functional solutions to indoor air problems in public buildings, particularly in schools.

The City draws up a Real Estate Strategy outlining how the City’s properties are to be designed, commissioned, built, maintained and owned. The strategy includes a plan for how schools, day care centres and play parks with indoor problems should be repaired or replaced with new buildings.

The idea is to raise the quality of the building stock, improve the handling of quality risks with the aid of, for example, a life span model, and – besides reducing indoor air problems – to foster efficient utilisation of premises and a better use of valuable buildings standing empty.

Objective of further preparations:

The Urban Environment Division will prepare, in cooperation with the City Executive Office, a Real Estate Strategy for the City Board by the end of 2019.

The strategic objective is the long-term retention of the value of the built property.

The strategy must create guidelines for implementing construction projects which are healthy, safe and controlled in terms of the quality, schedule and finances, and the carbon footprints of which meet the requirements of the City’s climate goals.

The strategy must be based on the analysis of the current state and problems of the zoning prerequisites, scaling, planning, implementation and maintenance of the existing building stock and construction projects.

The City Executive Office, together with the Urban Environment Division, will create more detailed specifications for the strategy work.

Parties and partners:

The project group has had representatives of the divisions and the City Executive Office.

The management of the divisions were interviewed for the preparation of the Real Estate Strategy in January and February 2018. In March 2018, a workshop on determining the contents of the strategy was organised for the management of the divisions.

An expert Roundtable event was organised for outside interest groups on 25 May 2018, where views were tested for an interest group workshop. The actual interest group workshop was organised at Laituri on 18 June 2018. The workshop was attended by a wide range of representatives of various fields, experts, citizens and other interest groups interested in the different sections of the Real Estate Strategy.

The work included the preparation of a real estate programme, an indoor air programme and a joint implementation programme for these.


The work is done in a working group or, if needed, in separate groups, and as parallel and separate consultancy surveys. The City’s own actors and collaboration partners are invited to engage in the work.

Decision level and time table:

The Real Estate Strategy is decided upon by the City Board.

The progress of the preparation work was reported to the City’s executive group on 4 May 2018 and 5 November 2018.

In December 2018, statements on the prepared material were requested from the division committees, who responded by 12 February 2019. The prepared material was complemented based on the divisions’ statements.

The preparation of the Real Estate Strategy was presented in the council seminar on 31 January 2019.

The real estate programme, indoor air programme and their joint implementation programme will be taken to the City Board to be decided upon in June 2019.

The real estate programme includes the development programme for facility management and the facility owner policy.

The indoor air programme has an attached repair programme for how schools, day care centres and playgrounds with indoor air problems should be repaired or replaced with new facilities.

The development programme for facility management defines the development of the facility stock used by the City’s service production.

The facility owner policy defines the principles of facility acquisition and disposal.

The preparation of the Real Estate Strategy will continue in the autumn so that the draft of the strategy will be finished by the end of 2019.

(New) schedule of the project:

The draft of the Real Estate Strategy will be finished in December 2019.

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