Reducing expenses and CO₂ emissions through energy efficiency in buildings
Buildings account for 40 per cent of global energy consumption. At the same time, discarded materials from construction and demolition account for around 30 per cent of waste generated in the EU.
Existing solutions such as energy-efficient windows, insulation, heat regulators, ventilation systems, efficient pumps, smart meters and intelligent management systems can reduce energy consumption by at least 50 per cent.
Sustainable architecture and circular construction based on sustainable building materials increase recycling and reduce waste. Preparing buildings to become more resilient to extreme weather events eliminates costly damages and ultimately save lives.
We invite you to explore building related solutions in more depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest building news and discover real-life case examples of how building technology can help solve your energy issues.
A liquid-to-water heat pump utilizes and draws the energy from any giving liquid and then deliver is to a water born system, like radiators. The energy can come from a variety of sources including slurry, excess process water or trough hoses in the ground. It can be done based upon two needs: cooling or heating. […]
Texas is currently home to 16 of the hottest cities in the US, and researchers predict that temperatures will continue to skyrocket, creating the detrimental “urban heat island” effect. This could have huge negative social and economic impacts for communities living in the cities. Fortunately, many solutions can help build resilience towards hazardous heat in the cities.
Things get hot in Kingsburg, where the cooling cost index is more than two times higher than the California average. As a result, PurEnergy asked Caldwell Energy Company to provide wet compression technology to increase the output and efficiency of its combustion turbine, thus increasing profitability and reducing NOx emissions.
The vision for the climate resilient school in Roskilde is to handle all stormwater on campus. To ensure this, 1,100 m2 of roof has been disconnected and runoff from the pavement infiltrates through permeable pavings. Runoff from the roof runs through trenches into a paddling pool shaped like the local bay which is also used […]
The Nova Scotia Power [NSP] Corporate Headquarters occupies a decommissioned generating plant in a prominent location in downtown Halifax, with significant frontage on the public board-walk that lines the western edge of Halifax harbor. The project involved the retention and adaptive re-use of the former enerating plant for the headquarters of the provincial electrical utility. The facility houses over 600 staff in approximately 14,600 gross square meters and provides parking for 150 cars.
The Ivy League University in New Hampshire is preparing for a steam-to-hot-water conversion, which will make it possible to replace the old fuel oil-fired CHP plant with renewable energy sources. The aim is significant carbon reductions making Dartmouth one of the most eco-friendly universities amongst the Ivy League campuses.
University campuses are small-scale cities managing their own infrastructure and operations. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and utility systems has been a focal point for many years as campuses implement actions to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Traditional central heating systems fail to adjust to changing weather, living patterns and thermodynamic properties of the building, which results in overheating, inefficiency, high costs and poor indoor climate conditions.Danfoss provides software solutions using artificial intelligence to optimally control and monitor centrally heated buildings.
With colorful lights in the glazed double facade, the Confederation of Danish Industry has become an architectural landmark in the heart of Copenhagen. The building has been headquarters to the organization since 1972, and in 2013, the building reopened after a thorough renovation. The renovation gave the building a more modern architectural expression, along with […]
Through seven years of research, the project CITIES has shown how digital solutions based on data-driven methods make energy systems talk with each other. It saves money and CO2. Here are five significant key findings from the research.
The Danish government will increase its energy saving efforts with new ambitious energy saving targets by 2030. The government will reduce its energy consumption by a further 42,480 MWh in buildings owned and used by state administration. In other buildings used by state institutions, energy consumption must be reduced by 10 per cent within the next 10 years.
The purpose of the course is to give participants a thorough insight to the various aspects of the District Heating business. The course offer curated, impartial, compressed high-quality content delivered by 7 international specialists with many years of experience. The course offers two live webinars, 45 video lessons (650 minutes), access to DH learning platform […]
Energy is an important driver when ensuring a green transition – both in society, but also in the industries and production facilities across the globe. As the world’s resources are becoming increasingly scarce, companies must learn how to produce more from less – not only to limit their environmental footprint and decarbonise, but also to leverage the competitive advantages of improved production efficiency.
An additional 72 cities and municipalities around the world are joining “Race to Zero”, a global campaign to mobilise cities, businesses, regions, and investors around a green and just recovery ahead of next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. A record-high 46 Danish municipalities have joined, so now a total of 66 Danish municipalities are in the race.
Combining engineering and biologic approach to coastal protection has been a challenge. …And natural coastal protections such as coral and boulder reefs, are one of the most endangered and stressed ecosystems on Earth. At Aalborg University we are developing a disrupting technology to produce artificial limestone. The innovative material is obtained after electrolysis of sea […]
How important is access to clean air in our cities? And how valuable is access to clean water and proper sanitation to city life? Both air and water are under pressure in our cities as a result of increasing urbanisation, and the human and economic consequences are immense. However, many solutions to tackle the challenges already exist – and maybe the time has never been better to speed up the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future?
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its World Energy Outlook 2020. As expected, this year’s report and expectations for the development of the energy sector have been heavily influenced by the global Covid-19 health crisis. One thing is however clear: We all need to choose a more renewable energy future.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
Clean Air School Districts is a holistic solution with sensor instruments, educational material, and consultation for students, teachers, and parents to collaborate with the school management on improving the school’s indoor environment quality. A better indoor environment has been proven to remarkably improve learning ability among children and reduce sick days and absenteeism. It accounts for […]
Economic growth has lifted historically many people out of poverty and given millions of people access to material goods to an unprecedented extent. This is really positive. However, increasing wealth and more people having access to a standard of living comparable to what we know in Denmark mean that our consumption of natural resources is […]
CBS & Rambøll Partnership aims to develop strategic knowledge, tools and skills to close the longstanding performance gap between building design and lived experiences, promoting human well-being and sustainability in the built environment.
Building renovation in the future will encompass broader sustainability concerns and holistic renovation scenarios Reducing buildings’ energy consumption and emissions is a key objective to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. In addition, it is also a necessity to ensure buildings’ functions and qualities, and to provide a positive living environment. Therefore energy efficiency […]
EnergyLab Nordhavn – New Urban Energy Infrastructures The project utilizes Copenhagen’s Nordhavn as a full-scale smart city energy lab and demonstrates how electricity and heating, energy-efficient buildings and electric transport can be integrated into an intelligent, flexible and optimized energy system. The project participants are: DTU, City of Copenhagen, CPH City & Port Development, HOFOR, Radius, […]
This publication is the outcome of a yearlong exchange of knowledge and experience between Denmark and New York, initiated by State of Green and implemented in collaboration with Danish Cleantech Hub in New York. The core of the project was a week-long circular site visit tour to Denmark for a group of selected New Yorkers […]
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 […]
In order to use heat pumps as an asset in the future electric system, there is a current need to develop common international communication standards. This is to ensure that all heat pumps on the market ‘speaks the same language’, meaning that they can be connected and aggregated. Data communication technology at focus HPCOM turns […]
If we are to succeed with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, there is a need for more flexibility in the energy system. In the project ”Storage of electricity and heat in salt hydrate”, we demonstrate and test the prototype of a new heat battery that is able to store solar energy and […]
In a future where energy comes from renewable energy sources, we need to be able to control the electricity consumption, taking into account the fluctuating electricity production. Here, it is an advantage that consumers can actively turn down their electricity consumption or move it to periods when more electricity is produced. Remote controlling of heat […]
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
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.
This toolkit is designed for practitioners, governmental experts and other energy experts, and policymakers who are interested in developing and improving appliance energy efficiency policies. Acknowledging that governments operate under constrained resources, the toolkit provides examples of policies that have been implemented successfully with minimal costs, and illustrates different choices policymakers may consider. Finally, it […]
Countries around the world face critical energy choices. The goal of economic growth and future prosperity is challenged by energy needs and international efforts to find solutions to mitigate global warming. Thus the energy choices revolve around choosing appropriate policies and measures with regard to the energy mix and the timing and scope of investments […]
The aim towards a 100% renewable energy supply and optimum energy consumption by 2030 The Frederikshavn Municipality has prepared a strategy plan on renewable energy 2030. The strategy plan follows the Municipality action plan on the EU Covenant of Mayors agreement prepared in December 2012. The strategy plan is prepared to implement the energy policy of Frederikshavn Municipality for the entire Municipality as geographical boundary and aims […]
Three Danish cities at the forefront of implementing sustainable urbanisation “Green Urban Denmark” is a publication jointly prepared by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg and the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. It highlights how Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg have developed and implemented green urbanization and […]
Learn from Danish success stories by downloading the Energy Policy Toolkit on Energy Efficiency in Industries Industrial energy efficiency is a clear-cut strategic topic, yet still resides in the periphery of governmental energy strategies. A shift of mind is required, away from words such as ‘costs’ and ‘quick fixes’ and towards a vocabulary of long-term […]
Do something about the energy resources As the world’s population grows and emerging economies expands rapidly, global demand and competition for energy are set to intensify in the decades to come. This will probably drive up prices of the world’s finite oil and other fossil fuel resources. Our energy resources are concentrated largely in a […]
During 2008 and 2009 more than 75 leading Danish energy specialists analyzed the areas’ opportunities and challenges and created the ProjectZero 2029 masterplan, concluding that Sonderborg can achieve ZEROcarbon by 2029. Key issues: Massive focus on smart use of energy. Lowering consumption by energy efficiency improvement is estimated to reduce energy consumption by 40% compared […]
Buldings are one of society’s greatest energy consumers accounting for almost 40 per cent of global CO₂ emissions. Consequently, retrofitting existing buildings, introducing intelligent components and energy management as well as careful planning of new building construction will be a key priority for any country or community striving to lower energy expenses and CO₂ emissions. Energy efficiency in buildings has been a priority for Denmark for decades, and the country is now one of the most energy-efficient in the EU and the OECD. Energy-efficient solutions in buildings are widely implemented in newly built and refurbished housing, offices and public institutions across the country.
Intelligent, energy-efficient buildings are expected to be an important part of future energy systems.Measurement, analysis and control are important prerequisites for effective energy management. Integrating energy-consuming components with energy-producing ones and incorporating intelligent buildings into the energy system saves energy costs and reduces CO2 emissions.
An innovative building industry coupled with strict building codes and energy labelling has put Denmark in the lead when it comes to energy-efficient building. Optimal energy efficiency is achieved by combining a tight building envelope with energy-efficient technical installations. Several Danish companies are world-leaders in areas of insulation, windows, pumps, meters, control electronics and other energy-saving technologies for buildings.
Danish technology and know-how in the field of energy efficiency in buildings is applied not only in Denmark but all over the world, making a considerable positive impact on the bottom lines of companies and individuals striving for ways to save energy. We invite you to explore building related solutions in more depth, find potential partners, catch up on the latest building news and discover real-life case examples of how building technology can help solve your energy issues.
For further information on buildings, please contact Charlotte Gjedde, Head of Partnerships, [email protected]