Urban Development


Customer: Aalborg Municipality and Realdania
Period: 2012-2013
Project total: N/A
Area: 2,000,000 m2
Number of buildings: N/A
Type of areas: Meeting places, improved infrastructure and type of accommodation.

The proposal “Landscape in between” won the competition of developing a plan for the Eastern part of Aalborg. The proposal is based on the landscape having a direct effect on the city and vice versa. The proposal was praised by the Jury for showing empathy and visually linking the need to rethink the physical development such as good meeting places, improved infrastructure and new types of accommodation together with the need for a sustainable process and organisation to carry out the necessary cooperation with the actors in the area.

In the proposal and the following phases, Danish Energy Management & Esbensen have been responsible for the development of strategies for energy and sustainability. In addition, the company have developed a strategy that will ensure all construction, new development and renovation in new parts of the city is carried out with minimum energy requirements, through the use of an integrated energy design process (IED), and by listing prioritised energy refurbishment measures for different building types.

Also, a strategy for an economically attractive heat supply for individual market segments in the new parts of the city have been developed and covers traditional district heating, low temperature district heating, and heat pump solutions.



Customer: Fredericia C P/S
Period: 2012 – present
Project total: N/A
Area: 245,000 m2
Number of buildings: N/A
Type of areas: Historic city structure and the classic rampart, intimate pocket spaces.

The overall objective of the development plan for Fredericia C has been to produce a management tool to realise the vision of creating a vibrant and sustainable city. In the proposal, that achieved a 2nd. place in the competition, the suggestion concerns the development of the historic city structure and carried on the classical rampart surrounding the city centre.

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen have been responsible for the sustainability strategy and the work has included the building design so optimal use of daylight is ensured in buildings, spaces, and urban areas to have the best possibilities for exploiting rooftops for electricity production using solar cell panels. At the same time a heat supply that considers user economy and environment is also suggested. Guidelines are also created to ensure that minimum energy requirements are followed during the construction in the urban area.

Following the competition, the orderer have involved Danish Energy Management & Esbensen, in the development of a strategy for how the areas energy consumption and energy supply is engineered so it matches the Climate Commission’s recommendations for 2050 regarding energy consumption and energy supply, and the Danish Energy Strategy for 2050, that aim to reduce the use of fossil fuels and become 100% independent in 2050.



Developer: Asker Kommune and Asker Skiklubb
Architect: Adept Arkitekter and Dark Arkitekter
Others: ACT (DK), Rambøll (NO) og Bygganalyse (NO)
Area: 110.000 m2
Year: 2011

The plan includes a center expansion so that the area Føyka/Elvely appears as a lively, integrated part of town with distinct urban qualities. The existing network of streets forming a U, which opens to the west. By organising the new center as an equivalent U, which goes east, the two center sections are linked together into a circular motion and form – a loop! The area includes residences, offices, business, and sports. The loop brings together the area’s main public spaces such as the river park, the open spaces, and squares. The town planning structure makes it easy to orient oneself and creates good accessibility to the main public areas in the center. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen have contributed to make the plan sustainable and has among others proposed a central heating plant, solar heating in selected buildings and passive buildings with green roofs.



Developer: Gol Kommune
Architect: AtelierOslo
Year: 2011

The project proposal, “We will meet at Gol” was selected as the winner of the urban competition for Hallingmo in Gol. The urban area Hallingmo in Gol was established in 1960. It was then an innovative knowledge, sports, and cultural center, but the area today appears as relatively run-down and not adapted to today’s or tomorrow’s needs. The local government in Gol has therefore initiated a project to renew Hallingmo and create a better integration with the rest of Gol. The jury found that that the proposed project is able to articulate a strong vision for Gol and Hallingmo area. Energetically the municipality wants buildings with minimal energy consumption and use of renewable energy (including passive solar, bioenergy and heat pumps). Danish Energy Management & Esbensen have assisted in developing sustainability strategies for the area.



Developer: Køge Kyst P/S
Architect: Tegnestuen Vandkunsten
Others: Sloth Møller A/S, Tyréns AB, ICP A/S, Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, Albæk Byggerådgivning, Claus Bech Danielsen (SBi) og Lise Gamst
Area: 240000 m2
Year: 2010

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen with partners were declared winners of a competition regarding the urban development of coast of Køge. “The Red Carpet” (“Den Røde Løber”), created by Danish Energy Management & Esbensen and a large crew of specialists, is a development plan that establishes a new sustainable region in Køge. Its general idea of Køge, the both interdisciplinary and parallel work method and the well-balanced relation between past, present and future were points highlighted by the judging committee. The project was furthermore described as being an exceedingly evident and well-documented energy solution and as the best option in all sustainable dimensions.

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Developer: Sønderborg Havneselskab A/S
Architect: Frank Gehry
Year: 2009

Master plan of Sønderborg Harbor is a part of ProjectZero including all aspects of energy consumption and the environment. The plan for Sønderborg Harbor is part of ProjectZero, aspiring to become CO2-neutral by the year of 2029. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen assisted with optimisation of energy efficiency and sustainability. The project will include residential units, offices, an art museum, a sports- and exhibition facility, a cinema and a storage building, all constructed according to the low energy class 1 requirements. Environmental initiatives as innovative low energy and renewable energy technologies including all aspects of solar heating, solar cells, heat pump solutions, optimization of natural lighting, LED lighting, vacuum insulation, natural ventilation with heat recovery and PCM walls are implemented. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen are in addition, highly involved in the entire ProjectZero plan of Sønderborg municipality.



Developer: Fredericia fjernvarme A.m.b.a
Others: Dansk fjernvarmes projektselskab
Year: 2009

The eastern dock of Fredericia (Kemira plot) is converted into a sustainable urban district contains residences, commercial buildings and culture. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen are developing the concept for a sustainable energy supply for the new dock area based on district cooling, a marine cooling system and low temperature district heating combined with solar heating. The buildings are constructed according to regulations on either low-energy class 1 or low-energy class 2. The development of the dock in Fredericia will be completed in 20-25 years. The urban development project emphasises the people who will live and work in the new district. The new district will be consisting of 50 % residential homes, 40 % commercial industry and 10 % culture.



Developer: Project Zero A/S Sønderborg
Year: 2009

The master plan for ProjectZero will make Sønderborg 100 % CO2-neutral by the year of 2029. Sønderborg plans to become completely CO2-neutral by the year of 2029 in cooperation with local institutions and companies, educational institutions, utility companies and the private sector. ProjectZero includes construction and renovations of buildings according to the low-energy class 1, sustainable urbanisation, sustainable waste management, energy conservation efforts on the public- and industrial sector, water conservation, sustainable transport, etc. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen are highly involved in the development of the entire ProjectZero Master Plan. More information at http://www.uk.brightgreenbusiness.com/



Developer: Hillerød kommune, DSb Ejendomsudvikling og Freja Ejendomme
Architect: Holscher Arkitekter A/S
Area: 30.000 m2
Year: 2009

The area of approximately 30.000 m², between Hillerød train station and Carlsbergvej, is being developed into education facilities, knowledge-based industries and residences. The intention of the master plan is to create a new, compact city region, connected by a narrow street running between the buildings. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen managed the arrangement of energy- and environmental developments framing the further planning within the Station zone. Central located buildings are constructed with rounded corners to enhance the union between urban life and study environment. The master plan proposal will be the foundation for further development, which will result in a complete district plan by the summer of 2010. The assignment was earned in a project competition.



Developer: Københavns kommune
Area: 300.000 m2
Year: 2009

Development of a sustainable master plan for the area where Amager Fælled City District will be developed into a sustainable CO2-neutral area containing a combination of residential- and commercial areas. The area should provide accommodation and jobs for approx. 4.300 inhabitants by the year of 2020. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen participates as executive advisor and coordinator of subject areas as waste, water, traffic and energy. The work furthermore includes quality control of proposals emphasising CO2 neutrality and sustainability. Danish Energy Management & Esbensen coordinates the development of a coherent energy supply based on renewable energy. The project was presented at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009.



Developer: Carlsberg Ejendomme A/S
Architect: Entasis
Area: 600.000 m2
Year: 2008

The Carlsberg district in Copenhagen is developed into a new sustainable CO2-neutral area.

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen assisted with the development of energy- and sustainability strategies. The area of 600,000 m2 will contain more than 3,000 residences, businesses, institutions, cultural buildings and urban spaces. All new residences will be built according to the Danish low-energy class 1 regulations (per 2008). A portion of the existing buildings will be retained in either present condition or renovated, resulting in social, cultural, economic and environmental qualities of the area. The district will be supplied by renewal energy sources when completed. The project won first prize in an international architectural competition.