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High-profile guests visit swan-labelled single-family home

Photo: Gustav Bech

​​​EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Kåre Press-Kristensen

​Last week, one of Denmark’s most environmentally sustainable homes was inaugurated by prominent speakers such as the EU Climate Commissioner and the Danish Minister of the Environment.

It looks like any other single-family home. Nevertheless, the Press-Kristensen family, who owns and built the swan-labelled house, reports zero electricity bills, a heating bill that barely picks at the budget, water consumption that is down by 50 per cent, and minimal environmental impact in terms of building process and materials. For this reason, a host of politicians and press turned out to learn more about the house in Brønshøj, a suburb of Copenhagen.
Senior Consultant in the Danish Ecological Council Kåre Press-Kristensen has lived in the house for two years and welcomed everyone in his backyard to share his experience in living in one of Denmark’s most environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient houses.

“I’m glad that top politicians as well as representatives of the private business sector take the time to visit my home to learn what it is actually like to build a swan-labelled house,” said Press-Kristensen.

Potential for green jobs and export

“This family applied every green solution out there. This is a real first-mover family that opens the way for others. That is why I’m here today,” opened EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

She stressed her hope that many others will be inspired by the house.
“The more people who make an effort to apply climate and resource-friendly construction methods, the better off the environment and climate will be and, eventually, the Danish national economy.”
“The house is a great example of theory turned into practice,” stated René Kræmer, member of COWIfonden and Project Director in COWI’s Buildings business unit. He explained that one of the reasons why COWIfonden supports the project is that they expect such projects to increase our competency level, create new green jobs in the long run and not least make Danish students want to have a green job.

“In COWI’s experience, even small projects like this house can generate a lot of attention because they are so concrete and hands-on. For instance, we gave former Russian president Medvedev and an entire Chinese delegation a tour of another sustainable building, the Green Lighthouse in Copenhagen. So far, this has resulted in the Chinese asking us to create the Nanjing Lighthouse in China, which has increased export and created green jobs,” said René Kræmer.
The press conference ended with a tour of the swan-labelled house, which in the past 12 months have enjoyed a total heating bill of DKK 1,000 and a constant temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016