09 Oct 2023

VELUX Group and Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma partner on Living Places concept

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The VELUX Group has entered a partner agreement with the Dutch house builder Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma on building more sustainable housing in the Northern part of the Netherlands. With this partner agreement, Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma is the first house builder to use the Living Places concept in their development and construction processes and to build the first prototype in the Netherlands based on the concept.



With the building industry accounting for 37% of the global CO2 emissions there is a urgent need for low carbon solutions to be scaled and implemented in the building industry. Earlier this year, the VELUX Group and its partners, EFFEKT and Artelia, presented the Living Places concept as one example of how rethinking buildings can help solve some of the global climate and health challenges. An important aim and aspect of the Living Places project is to scale the concept to the rest of Europe and to apply Living Places more broadly through knowledge sharing. The new partner agreement between The VELUX Group and Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, is the first partner agreement on the Living Places project and the Dutch company will be the first house builder to use the Living Places concept in its development and construction processes and to build a full scale Living Places prototype in the Northern part of the Netherlands.

"There is a need to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable future within the building industry and therefore it has been important for us to find the right allies and pioneering partners on scaling the Living Places concept. We believe that we have found an optimal partner in Dijkstra Draisma, as we share the same values and innovation approach and have a common ambition to move the European building sector towards more sustainable buildings much faster. I believe that we can learn a lot from working with Dijkstra Draisma, as they are a frontrunners in the Dutch building industry on sustainable housing." 

says Lone Feifer, Director for Sustainable Buildings in the VELUX Group

Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma has an ambition to build the future homes of the Netherlands in a more sustainable way and has already developed a replaceable timbered frame house insulated with biobased materials like cattail, miscanthus, hemp and flax.

"We are very happy and proud to have entered this partnership with VELUX and to start to integrate these principles into our building projects. The results that VELUX and their partners have achieved with their Living Places project are very inspiring and fit seamlessly with our vision regarding reducing the CO2 footprint in the built environment. We are looking forward to exchange our knowledge and experience." 

says Biense Dijkstra, CEO in Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma

A partner agreement to build more sustainable housing

In the partner agreement with Dijkstra Draisma, the VELUX Group commits to share knowledge, analyses, calculations and simulations on the Living Places concept as well as detailed information on the five key Living Places principles: that homes should be adaptive, healthy, simple, scalable and shared over time, with the Dutch house builder. The VELUX Group will furthermore share concrete learnings and know-how from the Living Places Copenhagen-prototype and work closely together with Dijkstra Draisma to exchange knowledge on low carbon housing.


Read more about the Living Places project here.

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.

For more information about VELUX Group, visit velux.com
About Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma

Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma believes true value can be found by taking responsibility throughout the total value chain, from designing to constructing and even monitoring, maintenance & service of a project. Located in the Northern part of the Netherlands, BGDD operates an automated and robotised production factory of modular biobased construction components such as facades, frames and rooftops for (non)-residential buildings that are reusable and recoverable. BGDD has evolved from a traditional and local construction company to a digitally-enabled supplier of energy producing and CO2 neutral buildings. The company maintains a leading position in the market by taking end-to-end responsibility throughout the construction value chain, enabling BGDD to guarantee pleasure of living for its end clients.


For more information about Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, visit bgdd.nl