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Energy Globe Award

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015

Submitted by: Henning Larsen Architects
The adaptable house

Construction and building account for approximately 40% of carbon emissions in Denmark and the world in general. The Adaptable House forms part of a large development project and responds to the well-established fact that climate change is an effect of carbon emissions. Two factors have been in focus in the development of the house: Building materials and life span of the building. Both factors have a decisive impact on the carbon emission of a building. Production of new building materials results in carbon emission. During the life cycle of a house various building components will be replaced by new components, adding to total carbon emissions. Eventually, when the house is demolished at the end of its life, the waste materials generate additional carbon emissions, if they are disposed of or processed as waste instead of being reused or recycled. This is why it makes good sense to introduce an adaptive and flexible building system, which enables alterations and changes in a house, without destroying the construction and adding new materials in the process. In addition hereto, working with an extraordinarily long lifespan of up to 150 years and a low - or no - demand for maintenance for the first 50 years, means that it is possible to save the carbon equivalent of building two or maybe even three new houses. The other main factor causing carbon emissions is the people living in the houses or rather, the more or less considerate behavior of people living in the houses. The Adaptable House is one of six single-family houses, which illustrate different aspects of resource consumption and CO2 emission in construction, operation and maintenance. It identifies how a flexible design of a single-family house can save time, resources and CO2 in connection with conversions and extensions. The house is designed as a single-family house of 146 m2 and focuses on changing needs and requirements for the home through life. The Adaptable House offers a number of specific solutions for addressing these needs as they arise. It consumes 36% less energy than a standard house: A family can save 26 tons CO2 by choosing it in reference to a standard house (based on a 170 m2 house with an energy consumption of 60 kWh/m2/year). In addition, a family saves 33 tons CO2 annually for heating and operation compared with a standard house.

When working with sustainability in whatever company or (political) organization, as a leader you have to bring yourself into play.

Signe Kongebro

Construction and building account for approximately 40% of carbon emissions in Denmark and the world in general. Sustainable and efficient building methods are therefore the key to our future. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Denmark has developed an adaptable house which can be adapted to different needs in changing life situations. Its lifespan is extraordinarily long with up to 150 years which means that it is possible to save the carbon equivalent of building two or maybe even three new houses, while its operation also saves CO2 compared to standard houses. A prototype for building in the 21st century – Congratulations to your achievement!