The value of sustainable architecture

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.

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.

We have collected a number of cases on how Danish Architectural Firms uses planning, architecture and the landscape to create value with less impact on the climate and to work towards a more sustainable future. The cases below are examples on how architecture, in different ways, implement innovative solutions and thereby how secure our housing stock in the future. 

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Gymnasium for street sports  

Cheap, User-driven and CO2 neutral. The gymnasium for street sports in Jägers Skatepark is operated and maintained by the users. The project is a social, environmental and financially profitable alternative to conventional gymnasiums.

The CO2 neutral lightweight gymnasium is run and maintained by the users and costs just a fifth of a conventional indoor gymnasium of the same size when you include operation and maintenance. This is because of the simple wood structure and the absence of insulationelectrical installations and wet rooms.  The gymnasium is also adjustablemeaning that the same type of gymnasium is able to accommodate any other local needs.   

Photo: Mads Frederik


Location Gentofte
Function Public Sports Hall
Completed 2015
Architect Vandkunsten Architects


Toftebo Housing 

Perfect example of full-scale renovation. Maximum reduction in the building’s energy costsimprovements to indoor climate and comfort. Energy renovation at Toftebo is a perfect example of how to climate-proof existing building stock. 

Toftebo is a non-profit housing association consisting of 83 family homes in the form of 2-to-5-room flats. The renovation project is a perfect example of how a full-scale economic approach to renovation can result in significant societal saving in terms of carbon emissions and energy for heating. The renovation is based on the Passive House Standard, an ultra-low-energy concept, which prohibits the use of active heating and cooling systems to regulate indoor climate and comfort. The benefits for residents and the landlord can be measured as a 93 % reduction in the building’s overall energy consumption and a more than 75 % reduction in energy consumption for heating the flats. 

Photo: BJERG Arkitektur


Location Værløse
Function Housing
Completed 2017
Architect BJERG Architecture


Moesgaard Museum

Strengthened cultural investment brings growth. Moesgaard Museum is a popular attraction which has added to Aarhus’ cultural life.

After the inauguration of the museum, visitor numbers increased sevenfold during the first year. This success is of great financial value to Aarhus, contributing to increased revenue of the hotel and restaurant industry since the museum helps attract visitors and tourists to the city. The new museum building is an upgrade to Moesgaard Museum which has gained more space and optimised exhibition facilities. The open roof surface is a platform for diverse outdoor activities and can be visited without a ticket.

Photo/Cover: Moesgaard Museum/Jens Lindhe


Location Aarhus
Function Museum
Completed 2013
Architect Henning Larsen Architects
Landscape Architect Kristine Jensen’s Drawing Room
Engineer COWI

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Karen Sejr

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