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.

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Sønderborg Multicultural House

The new cultural centre is an architectural link between the old town centre and the modern harbour district.
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Læsø Kur

Tradition meets innovation in the transformation of Vesterø Harbour Church into a spa and wellness centre.
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Samuel's House

An old church is transformed into modern public housing.
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Koch's Courthouse

In Store Heddinge, the old Courthouse has had its architectural dignity restored.
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The Malt Factory

Local enthusiasts have injected new life into the old malt factory.
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In Copenhagen, the drawing school for women has been transformed into a women’s crisis centre.
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The Elephant House

An old chapel building has been transformed into a social meeting place for men with cancer.
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At Grønnessegaard a listed cowshed and a barn have been given new life.
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Hotel Ottilia

Historical buildings in the Carlsberg City District have been through an impressive transformation.
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cA calm environment for women at a difficult time in their lives.
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A renovation in Sønderparken has resulted in that the crime in the area has dropped by 50%.
Trigeparken by RUBOW arkitekter, Photo: RUBOW arkitekter
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Trigeparken, which is from 1980-1981, was so rundown in every way before the renovation.
Løget By Pluskontoret, Photo: Pluskontoret Arkitekter
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Løget By

A radical urban renewal of Løget By has resulted in strong social housing efforts.
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14.10.19 #Case

Upcycle Studios

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

Energy renovation shows the way: How to secure our existing housing stock in the future.
Photo of Green Solution House by 3XN Architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk
10.01.17 #Case

Green Solution House

Experimentarium for green ideas bridges Danish tourism and industry.
Photo of Ramboll Head Office by MIKKELSEN Architects. Photo Credit: MIKKELSEN Architects
16.11.16 #Case

Ramboll Head Office

Climate adaptation and innovative architecture strengthen Ramboll's brand, as a visionary company.
Photo of Center for Renhold by WERK architects and Sangberg Architects – former POLYFORM ind collaboration with Karres En brands. Photo credit: Sangberg Architects.
31.10.16 #Case

Hauser Plads

New thinking of features and landscape creates an attractive underground work environment at Hauser Plads.
Photo of Danmarkshusene by Vandkunsten Architects. Photo credit: Tegnestuen Vandkunsten
25.10.16 #Case


A new generation of public housing that is cheap, sustainable and attractive.
Photo of Green Lighthouse by Christensen & Co. Architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk
21.09.16 #Case

Green Lighthouse

Green Lighthouse has become a showcase for the future of sustainable public construction.
Photo of the Sunhouse by Christensen & Co Architects and Kragh & Berglund Landscape Architects. Photo credits: Adam Mørk
21.09.16 #Case

The Sunhouse

At the Sunhouse, children are taught how to live in synergy with nature and the environment.
Photo of KMC Nordhavn by CCO Architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk.
21.09.16 #Case

KMC Nordhavn

KMC Nordhavn is the first DGNB-certified office and commercial building in Denmark.
Photo of Nordkraft by CUBO Architects and NORD architects. Photo credit: Helene Høyer Mikkelsen.
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Nordkraft has become a focal point for sports culture and business in Aalborg.
Photo of Herning Library by gpp architects and Kristian H. Nielsen Arkitekter. Photo Credit: Carsten Ingemann
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Herning Library

A popular meeting place for Herning's citizens with up to 50,000 visitors a month.
Photo of University of Southern Denmark – Campus Kolding by Henning Larsen Architects. Photo credit: Hufton Crow
18.09.16 #Case

University of Southern Denmark – Campus Kolding

A campus that uses 20-25 % less energy than similar buildings.
Photo of DTU Skylab by JUUL | FROST Arkitekter. Photo credit: STAMERS KONTOR
18.09.16 #Case

DTU Skylab

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

Sustainable urban densification and energy efficiency of property at Ryesgade 30 A-C in Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen Towers - interior

Copenhagen Towers interior takes upcycling and sustainable materials to a whole new level.
Photo of Marthagården by Lendager Group. Photo credit: STAMERS KONTOR.
18.09.16 #Case


Where environment and sustainability are at stake, in both everyday activities and architecture.
Photos of Upcycle House by Lendager Group. Photo credit: Jesper Ray.
18.09.16 #Case

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.
18.09.16 #Case

Brick House

'Brick House' has a minimum life of 150 years and a maintenance-free facade for a minimum of 50 years.
Photo by DTU Compute by Christensen & Co. Architect. Photo credit: Adam Mørk.
16.09.16 #Case

DTU Compute

DTU Compute works with green, sustainable solutions from top to bottom.
Photo of Gymnasium for street sports Vandkunsten Architects. Photo credit: Mads Frederik.
16.09.16 #Case

Gymnasium for street sports

The CO2 neutral building is an economical alternative to conventional sports halls.
UN City by 3XN Architects. Photo credit: Adam Mørk
15.09.16 #Case

UN City

At the UN's Danish headquarters, the green transition is everything.