In Denmark the construction industry accounts for 40% of society’s energy consumption, 35% of material consumption, 30% of waste production and 8% of the gross domestic product.
Construction is one of the biggest drivers in society’s management of resources. Architecture and planning aim to generate as much value as possible for the resources invested in the building to ensure that buildings and cities can create better quality of life, health, learning and productivity.
Resource consumption can be reduced significantly: New Danish buildings are among the most energy-efficient in the world, but there are still challenges with regard to reducing the energy consumption of existing buildings. If we take the opportunity to improve energy efficiency when making alterations, it is possible to create new attractive spaces and a better, healthier indoor climate. Seen from a lifecycle perspective, material consumption accounts for 10-50% of the environmental impacts compared to energy consumption, depending on how energy-efficient the building is. This can be reduced significantly by including recycling and circular economy in the considerations.
Below, you can see various examples of Danish architecture that reduces resource consumption in buildings.
Sønderborg Multicultural House
The new cultural centre is an architectural link between the old town centre and the modern harbour district.
Tradition meets innovation in the transformation of Vesterø Harbour Church into a spa and wellness centre.
In Store Heddinge, the old Courthouse has had its architectural dignity restored.
THE DANISH WOMEN’S SOCIETY CRISIS CENTRE CPH
In Copenhagen, the drawing school for women has been transformed into a women’s crisis centre.
The Elephant House
An old chapel building has been transformed into a social meeting place for men with cancer.
Historical buildings in the Carlsberg City District have been through an impressive transformation.
A renovation in Sønderparken has resulted in that the crime in the area has dropped by 50%.
Trigeparken, which is from 1980-1981, was so rundown in every way before the renovation.
A radical urban renewal of Løget By has resulted in strong social housing efforts.
The success of Upcycle Studios spearheads the industry towards sustainability.
Energy renovation shows the way: How to secure our existing housing stock in the future.
Green Solution House
Experimentarium for green ideas bridges Danish tourism and industry.
Ramboll Head Office
Climate adaptation and innovative architecture strengthen Ramboll's brand, as a visionary company.
New thinking of features and landscape creates an attractive underground work environment at Hauser Plads.
A new generation of public housing that is cheap, sustainable and attractive.
Green Lighthouse has become a showcase for the future of sustainable public construction.
At the Sunhouse, children are taught how to live in synergy with nature and the environment.
KMC Nordhavn is the first DGNB-certified office and commercial building in Denmark.
Nordkraft has become a focal point for sports culture and business in Aalborg.
A popular meeting place for Herning's citizens with up to 50,000 visitors a month.
University of Southern Denmark – Campus Kolding
A campus that uses 20-25 % less energy than similar buildings.
Ryesgade 30 A-C
Sustainable urban densification and energy efficiency of property at Ryesgade 30 A-C in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Towers - interior
Copenhagen Towers interior takes upcycling and sustainable materials to a whole new level.
Where environment and sustainability are at stake, in both everyday activities and architecture.
New single-family house reduces climate impact by 86 %. The buzzword is UPCYCLING.
'Brick House' has a minimum life of 150 years and a maintenance-free facade for a minimum of 50 years.
Gymnasium for street sports
The CO2 neutral building is an economical alternative to conventional sports halls.