Construction will inevitably strain the environment and the climate. That is why we at Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter work to reduce the climate and environmental impact of our projects, while at the same time we see it as our responsibility to contribute constructively to ensure that all projects rest on a foundation of quality from the drawing board to realization.
In our employee group, we have DGNB, LEED and BREEAM consultants as well as certified advisors in sustainability. In addition, i.a. competencies within lighting design, daylight calculations, working environment coordinators, accessibility auditors, etc.
In 2023, our work with sustainability will be based on a number of positions within functionality, inclusion and documentation. We believe that:
...a decisive factor for reducing construction's climate and environmental footprint is long-term sustainability through flexibility. That buildings can change function over time, so that space and form can last through generations and the building thus has a longer life cycle.
...materials that are described as sustainable must be accompanied by valid documentation of their effect - otherwise we reject the materials or ensure sufficient documentation.
…good architecture is for all people and must be found in all our projects.
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.
Cross laminated timber construction housing in Trekroner
Denmarks's first DGNB Platinum certified office building
New life for existing buildings and spaces
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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