As one of the key elements across the skyline, buildings are essential in the creation of sustainable cities. Today, cities serve as one of society’s main sources of CO₂ emissions, with buildings representing almost 40 percent of the overall energy consumption. The inefficiency of buildings in terms of energy and resource use constitutes a large societal challenge in connection to our total consumption and CO₂ footprint. Moreover, it also puts pressure on the total integrated energy and city system.
If we want to look at cities as a key enabler for a green and sustainable future, we need to look at the buildings they consist of. Through energy efficiency measures and intelligent design, buildings can go from being a part of the problem to a part of the solution, with the potential of being integrated in a smart, liveable and sustainable city.
Sustainable building practices are becoming entrenched in Danish municipalities
Municipally owned property developers in Denmark now have the possibility to participate in courses on sustainable building practices. The aim is to entrench sustainable building practices, processes and methods in the municipalities, thereby minimising environmental impact and costs.
Buildings account for up to 40% of society’s energy demand and thereby play a key role in the green transition. This White Paper can be used as a tool for inspiration to spot the potential or implement building automation and energy-efficient measures in new and existing buildings globally.
The Future of Sustainable Social Housing (FBAB) – An award-winning example of renewal within social housing
Dissing+Weitling’s prize-winning project, FBAB, is a new model for organising social housing to offer a meaningful and relevant basis for the way individuals live and for the spaces ‘in between’.
Copenhagen implements energy efficient lighting in the city’s publicly owned buildings
Publicly owned buildings in the City of Copenhagen will switch to energy efficient LED lighting this year. Not only will this move save approximately EUR 455,000 annually, but will also assist the city in meeting its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.
The Case for Healthy Buildings – Schools
Children spend enormous amounts of time in classrooms and are affected by the indoor environment quality (IEQ) and a crucial component of it is the indoor air quality (IAQ). The age and quality of buildings that house a school, location of windows, ventilation systems if any, wind speed and direction and proximity to roads, intersections […]
Energy renovation of buildings
Retrofitting Buildings for cost, comfort and climate Buildings are one of society’s greatest energy consumers representing almost 40 percent of all energy used. According to the Danish Energy Agency approximately 85 per cent of the buildings we will live in by 2050 already exist today. Therefore, in order to reach the goal of a fossil-free […]
Energy demand reduced by 94% in old residential complex
In the German, Niehl suburb of Cologne, the old Ford residential complex has been completely renovated. While living standards have increased, demand for heating has declined by 94%. A heating concept from Danfoss has played an important part in the renovation.