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The VELUX Group: Living Places Copenhagen

June 6, 2023

The VELUX Group’s vision is to lead the way within the building industry and show how rethinking buildings can help solve some of the global climate and health challenges. With Living Places, VELUX and its partners, EFFEKT architects and Artelia engineers, demonstrate how to build homes with a three times lower CO2 footprint and a first-class indoor climate to a price that matches the market for a one-family house at scale.

Living Places Copenhagen


Living Places Copenhagen, the first prototypes of the concept ‘Living Places’, is built by VELUX in partnership with EFFEKT, Artelia, and Enemærke & Petersen. The exhibition is a partner project for the UNESCO-UIA World Capital of Architecture, consisting of seven prototypes, five open pavilions, and two finished homes in full scale, demonstrating that we do not have to wait for future technology to build homes that are healthy for people and the planet.


Starting from the ground up, each building component has been optimized for the best constellation of price, indoor climate, and carbon footprint, with a special focus given to the envelope of the building where significant CO2 savings can be achieved. The concept is based on five key principles that can be applied to new or existing buildings and communities: homes should be healthy, affordable, simple, shared over time, and scalable.


Living Places Copenhagen demonstrates how to build homes with a CO2 footprint of 3.8kg/CO2/m2/year – three times lower than the current Danish legislation of 12 kgCO2/m2/year – while making use of daylight and fresh air to deliver a best-in-class indoor climate, to a price that matches the market price for a one-family house or row houses at scale.

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About the VELUX Group

For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world, making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Their product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products, and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure.


The VELUX Group works globally, with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 38 countries and with around 11,000 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, VKR Holding had a total revenue of EUR 4.29 million, the VELUX Group had a total revenue of EUR 2.99million, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 175 million in charitable grants.