Advocating for sustainable buildings

The quality of the buildings we live, work and play in as a significant impact on our quality of life, as well as for the planet. Today, the building industry accounts for over a third of global CO2 emissions, and with a third of Europeans living in homes with a poor indoor climate, changing the way we build is a matter of urgency.

We believe that buildings must be designed for health and well-being, for increased energy efficiency and with respect for the environment. With our Build for life and Living Places concepts, we aim to lead the way within the building industry and show how rethinking buildings can help solve some of the global climate and health challenges we face.

VELUX Living Places

Living Places – low-carbon, affordable and scalable

The Living Places Copenhagen project opened in the Spring 2023 as part of Copenhagen World Capital of Architecture. This pioneering prototype has demonstrated how we do not have to wait for new technology to build homes with a reduced carbon footprint and improved indoor environment. The materials and technologies are already available.

The prototype housing has been benchmarked against an average Danish single family house. Results showed that this way of building reduces carbon by over two-thirds and creates a first class indoor environment. What’s more, Living Places housing can be built at the same market price per square metre as a typical new build – making it both affordable and scalable.

Photo: Adam Mørk

Improving quality of life with RenovActive

RenovActive demonstrates to homeowners how to renovate in a way that is energy efficient, good for your health, and affordable. The RenovActive principles have been tested in real-life renovations with resultant health and energy performance improvements.

Principles of healthy and sustainable buildings

To promote more sustainable, flexible and healthy buildings, VELUX launched the Build for Life concept in 2021. This multi-disciplinary initiative helps connect people and planet through better building design. As part of this initiative, we worked with Effekt Architects to create the Compass model – an open source framework of sustainable principles used to guide the design and development process.

The model is a simple holistic framework that helps architects and planners ensure quality and integrity throughout the design process. This model is now being used to promote better building design and was a key part of the Living Places Copenhagen prototype.

Part of the global conversation

We want to be part of driving change in the field of sustainable building and healthy homes. To do so, we need to have a global conversation on how this can be done and involve partners at every stage of building – from architects to material recyclers.

We regularly take part in conferences, symposia and knowledge-sharing events to discuss and accelerate change in our industry. Furthermore, our knowledge centre, Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate (DEIC), contributes to knowledge and research and provides tools that can measure the performance of daylight and natural ventilation in rooms and buildings.

Read more research and DEIC, our knowledge centre

Compass model

Our building goals

To lead the change in healthy and sustainable buildings

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our strategy mainly impacts these SDGs:

Making cities and buildings inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable are key to solving global challenges related to climate change, healthy housing, energy consumption and much more.

We contribute by developing sustainable products with great health benefits, as well as leading the change and sharing knowledge on healthy buildings.