16 December 2009

New York Mayor visits Green Lighthouse

Yesterday New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Denmark's first public CO2 neutral building. Green Lighthouse is the University of Copenhagen's new climate friendly building, designed to house student facilities and a faculty club. The house combines architecture, use of materials and energy in a new way that makes up for a large part of the reduction of CO2 emission from the building.

Rector Ralf Hemmingsen and Mayor Michael Bloomberg- 'New York is going through an interesting green development. I am delighted that Mayor Bloomberg chose to come by the Green Lighthouse during his busy COP15 schedule. It would be amusing to see a Green Lighthouse built in New York in the time to come and in that way be an inspiration to future building projects in the Big Apple. Green Lighthouse is a radiant example of how the public can help solve the climate problems in a very specific way. The solution is evident. The house was built in less than a year using common sense and not rocket science' says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

Innovative energy concept

The house's innovative and climate-friendly energy concept has already drawn attention to Danish competences within sustainable building and public-private cooperation. The house design alone contributes to 75 per cent of the energy reduction of the house. The unique design involves, among other things, an optimum use of sunlight, an automatic indoor ventilation system as well as an automatic cooling- and heating system. The placement of Green Lighthouse in relation to the sun helps maximise the use the solar energy.

Strategic partner and Administrative Director of the VELUX Group, Jørgen Tang-Jensen says:

-'Green Lighthouse is a very good example of the level of building we can reach together in the future. The house shows that we can do something god for the climate without compromising the comfort and health of the users. We have built a climate-friendly house with fresh air and excellent lighting. And it is a house we can build with materials we already have today.'

Partners in the Green Lighthouse project

University of Copenhagen, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the City of Copenhagen, VELUX and VELFAC.
Green Lighthouse is located at Tagensvej 16 in Copenhagen.