In Denmark, we use 4 times as many resources as what our planet can carry, which means, according to Earth Overshoot Day, that we in Denmark had depleted our share of the Earth’s resources for 2022 already on March 28 this year. This emphasizes the importance of reducing our climate footprint.
The construction sector alone is responsible for approximately 38% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore, the potential of lowering the greenhouse gas emissions from construction is great. The Danish construction industry has for decades built up a solid practice, which now faces a greater challenge in rethinking the way in which construction takes place. Circular and new materials and initiatives are starting to emerge in the industry, and these initiatives should set an example and inspire the players of the industry.
On behalf of Realdania and the VILLUM FONDEN’s initiative Boligbyggeri fra 4 til 1 planet (Housing construction from 4 to 1 planet), BUILD collects and analyzes examples of “best practice cases” within housing concerning impacts on climate change. The purpose is to analyze the best examples of sustainable housing construction that can inspire future constructions to become more sustainable.
“Best practice cases” are in this context defined as building cases with low impact on climate change, which have implemented materials or other measures that have a positive impact on the building's impact on climate change. Analyzes of these cases should identify where the industry stands today in terms of impacts on climate change as well as the possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level that is within the planetary boundary for climate change.
The deadline for the collection of best practice cases was July 1st, 2022, and BUILD is now working on analyzing the collected cases. These analyzes will, among other things, be communicated as an example to the industry. Stay updated on this page!