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.
The success of Upcycle Studios spearheads the industry towards sustainability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gymnasium for street sports
The CO2 neutral building is an economical alternative to conventional sports halls.