05 Jul 2023

VELUX: Future Living Places


There is a general agreement that our built world should become climate neutral. But, how construction will have to change to make this future a reality is still uncertain. At the same time, the economic and social framework for construction and especially for housing construction are changing. Components, building products, and building systems are being reused, and this is accompanied by a new ethic of design and construction and a new aesthetic of architecture. 

We ask ourselves, what are the new parameters and models for the creation of housing for future generations in an urban context and in all other scales? How buildings can help resolve global climate and health challenges through sustainable solutions and practical action, that promote low carbon footprint, liveability and societal cohesion? What are the investment models that allow sustainable, people centric development of new and existing buildings? What is the sustainable house of the future?



  • Boris Schade-Bünsow Editor in Chief (Bauwelt)
  • Claire McManus (JFOC Architects, Housing Spokesperson for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)
  • Elizabeth Endres (Professor at Technische Universität, Institut für Bauklimatik und Energie der Architektur (IBEA))
  • Sinus Lynge(Partner, EFFEKT Architects)
  • Lars Petersson (The VELUX Group, CEO)



About the partnership between VELUX and the UIA World Congress of Architects 

As part of VELUX Group commitment to accelerating sustainable development, expressed in Group`s 2030 sustainability strategy – In 2023 VELUX Group has taken up on a role of Impact Partner to the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen. Our partnership with UIA is based on a shared goal of driving green transition of the building industry towards development of sustainable buildings by fostering dialogue and bringing together global opinion leaders and important stakeholders from all sectors of the industry. Through this partnership, we aim to inspire and encourage the exchange of ideas amongst industry partners, leading the way towards a more sustainable building environment that benefits both people and the planet. 

As an Impact Partner, VELUX Group will focus on three key topics:

- Sustainability in a global context
- Housing of the future
- The next generation of industry professionals

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. Our 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. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 35 countries and 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 2021, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 3.5 billion and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 244 million in charitable grants.

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About Living Places Copenhagen

In April 2023 the VELUX Group, EFFEKT, Artelia, and Enemærke & Petersen opened the doors to Living Places Copenhagen in the Railway District in Copenhagen. It is the first prototype of the overall Living Places concept, and the vision is to lead the way in the building industry and show how rethinking buildings can help solve some of the global climate and health challenges. The groundbreaking project demonstrates that it is possible to build homes with a CO2 footprint that is 2/3 lower per m2/year than the Danish standard while ensuring a first-class indoor climate.


For more information about Living Places Copenhagen