We have some of Denmark’s strongest and well-documented results within sustainable architecture. Our strategy emphasizes how knowledge, experience and responsibility are crucial to ensuring the succes of complex project processes.
We believe it is our responsibility to base our projects on a sustainable and constructive foundation – from the drawing board to inauguration. That, however, requires a constant flow of new knowledge.
Our staff include DGNB, LEED and BREEAM-consultants and certified sustainability consultants. In addition, our competencies cover light designers, daylight calculations experts, work environment coordinators, accessibility auditors, etc.
In 2023, the sustainability work is based on a number of positions within functionality, inclusion and documentation for sustainability:
It is most sustainable to create flexible buildings that can change function over time. Space and form must last through generations.
Materials that are described as sustainable must be accompanied by valid documentation of their effect – otherwise we reject the materials or ensure sufficient documentation.
We work for equality and dignity – but not uniformity. Good architecture is for all people and must be found in all our projects.
New life for existing buildings and spaces
Cross laminated timber construction housing in Trekroner
Denmarks's first DGNB Platinum certified office building
Right now there is a shift in the industry. Sustainability is no longer something you choose, but a mandatory part of the project from the start.
It is important to us, at Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter, that we can make sustainable choices on a data-based basis throughout the entire process.
We use life-cycle-based CO2 calculations (LCA) as an integral part of the design process. The calculations are based on documented data combined with our extensive experience library.
In this way, we can advise on the solutions that create the greatest value for the climate and people.
We have developed a link, VL[C]A, which enables us to continuously monitor the project's current CO2 footprint. At the same time, it provides an overview of CO2 distributed among the individual building parts, which enables us to optimize and reduce.
As architects, we do not have a tradition of basing our choices on data, but with this common goal of preparing projects that are as sustainable as possible, data is a necessary supplement to our aesthetic abilities.
Since 2008, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects has been a member of the UN Global Compact and actively works with the UN's 10 principles for corporate social responsibility. We publish an annual Communication on Progress (COP) report, in which we report on the company's development and actions in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
You can read our Global Compact COP report for 2021 here:
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