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Sustainable

… and Resilient

Sustanability is very important when designing new houses. However, it is more important that it appears as an integral part of the overall design.

During the last couple of decades, the words sustainability and non- renewable resources have grown to become common everyday topics and well-known terms.

If you got the ability to change the World, you also got the responsibility to change the World.

This sentence is a Danish saying commonly assigned to entrepreneur Anders Peter Moller almost 100 years ago. It suggests that right and duty, is closely connected to each other. We share this point of view in Nordic Living.

We have the ability and we want to make change possible. Change in the way of thinking when it comes to housing. Change in our take to protecting the environment through intelligent solutions. Change in order to make a new green paradigm possible.

It all comes with Nordic Living.

Creating a green and sustainable society is one of the key goals for Nordic Living, and we believe the effort is up to every one of us. We don’t believe in guilt trips and scaremongering. This only creates hate toward the cause. The change, however, will happen through innovation and new technologies and we want to be a part of this.

 

Your house is one of the main contributors in maintaining an increased level of Co2 emissions. 

Why not start there?

The sun creates large amounts of energy for free. 

Why don’t use that energy wisely?

Glass allows the light into your house. 

Why don’t create a house in which natural light reduces the demand of electronic lighting most of the day?

The sun creates natural heating several months of the year.

Why don’t collect the heat for use in the house and spare air conditioning?

As the population is quickly expanding and with the prevalence of an expanding consumerist lifestyle worldwide, people have become familiar with the debate of the climate changes and consequences of global warming and are faced almost every day with a choice for a more sustainable solution to their daily consumer needs.

This green or sustainable movement will inevitably affect and change the discipline of the architect and the engineer, due to the rising demands in order to cut down on waste, CO2 emissions and energy consumption in an attempt to protect the environment.

THE OVERALL IDEA OF DGNB

”The human kind has the opportunity to make the development a sustainable one - to secure it will meet the current need without compromising future generation’s opportunities to fulfill their needs”

This is the words of the Brundtland Commission uttered in 1987. The first gentle steps towards a more sustainable society were taken. Five years on the words was concretized in the Rio Declaration whereas sustainability was divided into three equal parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and social sustainability. Likewise, the demand of sustainable production was added into the Danish Environmental Act, which made it mandatory for government agencies to support sustainable development in plant and operation.

Environmental Sustainability includes parameters such as energy efficiency, resource, use of renewable resources and the ability to minimize Co2 emissions - as well as the effect on biodiversity.

Economic Sustainability focuses on value optimization on the operation of the building and includes the building project’s ability to minimize building costs, ability to increase rent opportunities, increased productivity by the user, value stability and better financing opportunities.

Social Sustainability is about the added value contributed by the user, such as user satisfaction and wellbeing, better indoor climate and increased flexibility as well as safety and security.

These three aspects of sustainability lead the way towardsa better building.

The awareness of the limitations of several non-renewable resources has initiated the fundamental idea of environmental forward thinking and a growing concern for the environment and its decreasing amount of local and global resources. Instead of a society consuming resources as if there was no tomorrow, this new environmental forward thinking has left us with the questions; how will it be possible to preserve or rethink some of these resources for the use of later generations?

 

Remake the way we make things by focusing our production of useful materials to an up-cycling process, where all materials used for making a product should be of equal quality by the products state of demolishing, hereby avoiding a down cycling of materials, where the resources will eventually be useless or lost.

In addition to this a tendency has evolved of gathering sustainable inspiration from old thoughts and traditions, e.g. the use of local materials gathered from the building’s surroundings like in traditional Nordic architecture.