Danish engineering company CENERGIA looks to daylight as an essential component for healthy and happy homes in cooperation with Copenhagen and the EU
CENERGIA is a consulting engineering company in Denmark that works for sustainability in building through participation in national and international projects. CENERGIA’s activities span initiation, planning, and evaluation of demonstration projects, contribution to the process, and product development via energy planning and project management of international cooperation projects within these fields.
We are in a transition phase where cities around the world are facing challenges, such as more dense urban environments combined with the need for renewable energy sources, all present in our daily work. All of it in a contemporary context where the demands and needs are rapidly changing from traditional smaller apartments into apartments where daylight and green areas are one of the most important criteria to fulfil demands and to improve everyday life and health.
People before buildings
The Living in Light Box is a CENERGIA project and brings a holistic alternative into present focus when refurbishing existing housing in an urban context. Living in Light addresses people, as well as people’s health and well-being, as the point of entry. The human focus comes before focusing on the actual building. We call this focus; people before buildings. Daylight is the driver for attractive indoor comfort.
The Living in Light Box is a carbon neutral Active House test-housing unit that is realised in connection to the Nordic Built Projects “Living in Light” and “Active Roofs and Facades in Sustainable Renovation”. It also represents the result of a cooperation with the city of Copenhagen, first in the EU-Concerto project “Green Solar Cities” and later in the EUDP project “Smart Grid School Renovation”. The Living in Light Box test-housing unit also covers important work concerning solar energy integration in practice, both with focus on building integration of solar thermal PV into carbon neutral housing design. The relatively low-cost solar thermal solution integrated into the south faced represents a strong architectural optimised technology from a Norwegian producer.