"We're aware that a building always interacts with its surroundings, and take into account the wider context. To build in a sustainable way entails supporting or improving the existing conditions in relation to architecture, infrastructure and all sorts of environmental and social considerations. In this way, solutions that function in the most optimal way for both the customer and the community are developed - also from a socio-economic point of view."
A good example of this approach in an urban context is the development project planned at the old Carlsberg brewery grounds, which have now been turned into a new city district in Copenhagen.
"The initial plan was to achieve a CO2 neutral district on its own right by using extra insulation, solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps and so on, but this would be very inefficient and costly to do. Instead, the results of Ramboll's analysis proposed a much more simple, and cost-effective approach: to become part of the city energy infrastructure for electricity and district heating," explains Anders Dyrelund, Ramboll Market Manager, Energy.
Another example of sustainable urban development is the Nordhavn project, located in northern Copenhagen. In collaboration with COBE architects and SLETH and Polyform, Ramboll experts developed a concept that drastically rethinks how different ways of living can be combined with sustainable energy, environment, traffic and cityscape solutions.
At Nordhavn it will be easier to walk, cycle and use the metro than to use your car. And one very good answer to the energy and climate challenge is exactly this approach, Rikke Orry explains:
"The great advantage of a dense city is that the need for transportation gets smaller. In addition, this makes it easier to develop large-scale, efficient and sustainable energy supply systems for district heating and cooling."
But we are not all able to move into the city, so how do we achieve sustainable energy supplies outside the city boundaries?