High quality design can stimulate a number of derived effects such as improved health, productivity and learning or improved urban life. The calculated value of these effects can surpass the construction costs over a number of years.

Construction accounts for about 8% of the Gross Domestic Product and a considerable part of society’s assets and resource consumption. Due to this, strict financial diligence is a core element of construction and alterations. It is important to be aware that the derived effects of construction may have a significant long-term economic value. The wealth of society is - so to speak - tied up in bricks and mortar.

Construction costs can be managed by working with buildability and industrial processes in the design. But if operation, maintenance and future replacements are also considered in an economic perspective – known as Life Cycle Costing (LCC) – it often changes the picture of what solutions are most profitable in the long term. If future recycling is incorporated in the design of the building, it can form part of a circular economy. This means that the building components can form part of new cycles when they are recycled. This can help future-proof the economic value of the building.

Photo of Upcycle Studios by Lendager Group. Photo credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj

Upcycle Studios

The success of Upcycle Studios spearheads the industry towards sustainability.
Photo of Toftebo by BJERG Architecture. Photo credit: BJERG Architecture

Toftebo Housing

Energy renovation shows the way: How to secure our existing housing stock in the future.
Photo of Gyldenrisparken by Vandkunsten Architects, Witraz Arkitekter and ZESO Architects. Photo credit: Seie


Total renovations increase security, reduce crime and strengthen the community of residents.
Photo of Damesalen - University of Copenhagen by MIKKELSEN architects. Photo credit: Søren Aagaard

Damesalen - University of Copenhagen

Intelligent facade technology contributes to optimum space utilisation and daylight.
Photo of Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital by White architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk

Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital

New frameworks and attitudes reduce the use of coercion at Aabenraa Psychiatric Hospital.
Photo of Danmarkshusene by Vandkunsten Architects. Photo credit: Tegnestuen Vandkunsten


A new generation of public housing that is cheap, sustainable and attractive.
Photo of Le Mur by Hasløv & Kjærsgaard Architects

Le Mur

The furniture wall that has saved Lemvig Municipality from damage costs of many millions of dollars.
Photo of Moesgaard Museum by Henning Larsen Architects. Photo credit: Moesgaard Museum.

Moesgaard Museum

An international attraction with a sevenfold increase in visitor numbers during the first year.
Photo of DTU Skylab by JUUL | FROST Arkitekter. Photo credit: STAMERS KONTOR

DTU Skylab

DTU Skylab stimulates increased innovation and entrepreneurship.
Photo of Ryesgade 30 A-C by Krydsrum Architects. Photo credit: Krydsrum Architects

Ryesgade 30 A-C

Sustainable urban densification and energy efficiency of property at Ryesgade 30 A-C in Copenhagen.
Photos of Upcycle House by Lendager Group. Photo credit: Jesper Ray.

Upcycle House

New single-family house reduces climate impact by 86 %. The buzzword is UPCYCLING.
Photo of Brick House by LETH & GORI. Photo credit: STAMERS KONTOR.

Brick House

'Brick House' has a minimum life of 150 years and a maintenance-free facade for a minimum of 50 years.
Photo of Lindevangsparken and The Loop by Marianne Levinsen Landscape ApS. Photo credit: Torben Petersen.

Lindevangsparken and The Loop

The project shows how an innovative approach allows us to keep the water above ground.
Photo of sØnæs by Møller & Grønborg Architects. Photo credit: Carsten Ingemann.


The park has had 20 times more visitors and 15 times more cyclists during weekends.
Photo of Soender Boulevard by SLA Architects. Photo credit: Mads Klitten.

Soender Boulevard

The green belt at Vesterbro, where the park value is seven times greater than its construction cost.
Photo of Gymnasium for street sports Vandkunsten Architects. Photo credit: Mads Frederik.

Gymnasium for street sports

The CO2 neutral building is an economical alternative to conventional sports halls.
Photo of Copenhagen Harbour Bath by BIG and JDS. Photo credit: JDS Architects

Copenhagen Harbour Bath

Increased desirability and increasing property prices by the harbour bath on the Islands Brygge waterfront.
Photo of VUC Syd by AART Architects and ZENI Arkitekter. Photo Credit: Adam Mørk.


The school has attracted more students and boosted their motivation to learn.
Photo of The Bicycle Snake, Dissing+Weitling. Photo credit: Rasmus Hjortshøj.

The Bicycle Snake

The City of Copenhagen wants more people to use their bike and the Bicycle Snake helps.