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100 climate solutions from Danish Municipalities


Skanderborg Fælled is the first public building in Scandinavia to receive platinum level certication from DGNB.

Skanderborg Municipality’s new City Hall, which also houses a multi-use hall with sports and concert facilities, demonstrates a holistic and ambitious approach to sustainability. The building’s design has taken into consideration everything from energy efficiency and climate-proofing to sustainable construction material and citizen engagement. The municipality’s achievement has been recognized with DGNB platinum certification.


The City Hall was completed in 2016 and is built according to a Danish BR2020 standard. The build has resulted in reduced total energy consumption (electricity, water and district heating) of over 50%. The building uses strategically-placed green sedum roofs to minimize energy loss and act as rain water deposits. Its windows are designed to create optimum light conditions, while 800 m2 of solar cells produce renewable electricity. This project demonstrates how municipalities can spur innovation in the building sector. The City Hall is designed so that all rooms have at least three functions, allowing the area to be used more e ciently. This approach has reduced the volume of construction materials used by half. Additionally, the materials have been selected for their longevity and recyclability.

As well as the City Hall, the 20,000 marea contains a police station, meeting rooms and a double sports center with capacity of 2-3,000 people.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Affordable and Clean Energy

Aside from solid insulation and solar cells, the building features energy- saving LED lights, timer control and PIR sensors to reduce the energy demand for lighting and heating.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Co-creation has been central to the project: representatives from civil society, employees, the city council and the police have all been involved in the process.

Climate Action

Skanderborg Fælled uses sedum on the rooftops, permeable pavements and green areas in the parking lot so that all rainwater, even during cloudbursts, can be contained within the property.