Deep Retrofitting – a new perspective on renovation of existing building stock in our Cities

06 Dec 2017

Meet Climate-KIC and partners at the DTU Sustain Conference organised by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), in Lyngby, Denmark. 

Cities and real estate owners need a new perspective on the renovation of buildings to a “(near) zero-carbon level” with a scalable approach: Deep Retrofitting. Renovating existing buildings must focus on breaking down silos between the various components, pushing for co-creation between suppliers, manufacturers and the demand side. Business-as-usual is not enough. There is a need to develop sustainable housing taking a user-centric approach, balancing occupant health and well-being with optimal energy efficiency.

Climate-KIC Nordic will hold a workshop as part of the annual DTU Sustain conference, at Core Partner DTU, where VELUX and ROCKWOOL will set the scene presenting their ideas on sustainable buildings and will outline the need for innovation to tackle the challenges and find solutions. REALDANIA, a philanthropic organisation based on investment activities working with the built environment, will also contribute their views on these issues.

Come and meet companies, researchers and other stakeholders involved in Deep Retrofitting of existing buildings!

See the programme here

12:30 Introduction to Climate-KIC’s approach to retrofitting – Susanne Pedersen, Nordic Director

12:40 Velux – Peter Foldbjerg, Senior Manager, Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate 

Status: 82 million Europeans live in unhealthy homes, with damp, lack of daylight, overheating, low temperatures in winter, and other issues. ‘Active House’ sets a framework for healthy and energy efficient buildings. RenovActive is a concrete case of how replicable and affordable renovation can be applied to a run-down housing unit, with seven generic replication elements as the core elements. BetterHome is an industry cooperation that removes hassle for homeowners in the renovation process.

Challenge: How can solutions be scaled to increase the rate of renovation? How can we ensure that renovation of unhealthy homes addresses the main shortcomings and that a renovated home is healthier than before? Renovation solutions must bring tangible value to occupants. What do occupants perceive as good daylight conditions, good thermal comfort and fresh air? The answers to these could differ from the preferences of office workers.

12:50  Rockwool – Jens Eg Rahbek, Development Engineer 

Status: Deep Retrofit – How to speed up the transformation of the existing building stock into comfortable low energy buildings. A large proportion of existing buildings have high energy consumption and a challenging indoor environment.  There is a need to update these buildings in order to improve the living conditions in the buildings and to save energy and money. 

Retrofitting is happening but we need to speed up the rate so that three times as many buildings are retrofitted per year than is the case today. 

In order to do this, the following must be provided. Retrofit solutions that:

• Can bring old buildings up to modern standards for energy consumption and indoor environment
• Are smart and attractive so that they are prioritised above kitchen and bathroom renovations
• Are resilient, safe and that protect the building against future climate change
• Reduce the heating demand by improving the insulation value of the building envelope

13:00 RealDania – Jørgen Søndermark, Project Manager

13:15 World Café

A facilitated discussion where all participants will be invited to join in the process of developing solutions and new joint activities and projects.

Who should attend?

Researchers from academic institutions, PhD students, plus companies and city officials who are involved in the study of the built environment.


Participation is only possible if you sign up for the DTU Sustain Conference. 

Members of the Climate-KIC Nordic community are entitled to a special rate of DKK 200 if you sign up before 20 November, and DKK 250 afterwards.


Building 101, Anker Engelundsvej 1, 2800 Lyngby, Denmark

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