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NREP launches ultra-low carbon resi scheme

11th June 2024

Nrep is to develop a timber residential building in Copenhagen, with an ultra-low embodied carbon footprint.

The Nordics real estate investor will build the six-storey apartment building in the Nordhavn (North Harbour) district. Nrep claims the 13,100 sq m development will have the lowest ever embodied carbon emissions for a building over four floors in Denmark, due to its wooden construction.

Denmark recently passed new legislation which will restrict CO2 emissions from the materials and construction of new buildings. From 1 July 2025, multi-storey apartment buildings are limited to emissions of 7.5 kg of CO2 per sq m for materials and 1.5 kg of CO2 per sq m for emissions arising from the construction phase.

The 115-apartment Nordhavn development will have a total emissions of 5kg of CO2 per sq m. Most elements traditionally made of concrete will instead use timber materials. This includes load-bearing structures, walls, and smaller elements such as shower stalls, elevator shafts, and stair cores. The project will use EVs for construction transport.

The building as has also been designed to be easily disassembled and recycled if the construction one day needs to be demolished. The building will also be nearly self-sufficient in energy thanks to ground spikes, a heat pump, and solar panels.

Nicole van der Star, investment developer at Nrep, said: “The new timber construction builds on the many experiences within CO2 reduction that we have from other projects. We are now using this knowledge to create an even stronger CO2 profile. The project will be an open source project, and we will share both blueprint and construction plans so that others can freely copy or be inspired by the project.”

Troels Dam Madsen, associate design drector at project architect Henning Larsen, said: “Architecture is about creating and rethinking buildings in a way that is both unique and forward-looking. Architects are faced with inventing a new design language for the new lightweight constructions in biogenic materials.”

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