Copenhagen: one of the world’s most sustainable cities

The DGNB system is a comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of a building, whereby a building or construction project is assessed based on a series of criteria; see the list below. 


ArkiTours offers a study tour specifically about DGNB-certified projects in the Copenhagen region:


  • New DGNB gold-certified flexible building project in Nordhavn

  • Denmark’s first active energy-producing residential build 

  • Mobility: Copenhagen’s cycling culture – and a safe environment for pedestrians in the city

  • Infrastructure: Cityringen, Copenhagen’s new Metro line (2019) with 17 new stations and 122 million people expected to use the public transport network

  • Visit a DGNB-certified bank, including guided tour from the architectural studio that designed it

  • Visit to schools, universities and other public sector buildings that fulfil many of the DGNB criteria.


Duration: 1-2 days


Contact us to hear more.


What is sustainability in our built environment?

The global DGNB criteria below is based partly on the Danish standards, and partly on the German: 

A project is assessed on the basis of it being:


Environmentally sustainable

Drinking water and drainage

How does it affect the biodiversity of the area?

What is the resource consumption - and what is the local environmental impact?


Economically sustainable

The costs in relation to the building’s life cycle (e.g. long-lasting materials, materials that don’t negatively impact the environment)
Flexibility and utilization rate: can the building be transformed for other purposes, perhaps by not having supporting pillars that block the potential for a different use – or by having flexible walls, for example

Commercial viability: will the building maintain its market value? 


Functionally sustainable

Air quality, both indoors and out

Acoustic comfort
Visual comfort

User influence: to what extent have users been involved in the development of the project? 

Technically sustainable

Use and integration of building technology

Ease of cleaning building components
To what extent are the materials reclaimed or reusable?

Mobility and infrastructure: is there easy access to public transport, cycle paths etc.?


Whether the process has been sustainable

Project brief and tender phase
Construction process

Quality assurance of the construction


Whether the site is sustainable and its influence on the district

How does the building influence the surrounding area in general? 

How does it impact the urban area as a whole?

To what extent does the project impact other potential residential dwellings or other built environments?


Duration: 1-2 days

Contact us and tell us what aspects of sustainability you are especially interested in knowing more about.

Nordhavn Metro, Arup Cobe
Nordhavn Metro, Arup Cobe

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Public transport system, 2019
Public transport system, 2019

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Office, DGNB-gold
Office, DGNB-gold

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Nordhavn Metro, Arup Cobe
Nordhavn Metro, Arup Cobe

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