Climate and sustainability – University of Copenhagen

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Climate and sustainability

Senior Advisor Jan Quitzau Rasmussen from the Danish Building and Property Agency tells about the Maersk Tower and sustainability.

The Maersk Tower is the most energy-efficient laboratory building in the country and has been designed to withstand future climate changes.

Collection and reuse of rainwater

The main square facing Blegdamsvej has been designed to withstand future climate changes, including heavy showers. Below the square in front of the building facing Blegdamsvej five million litres of rain water can be collected. This means that rain water can remain on the site and will not strain the city’s sewerage system in the event of extreme downpours. Surplus rainwater can seep through the flagstones, where it is collected in a large reservoir and purified in a fascine. Surplus water from the park is reused, among other things, for watering the park.

Also the roof gardens on the lower buildings are designed to absorb heavy showers.

Energy-friendly district cooling

Together with the rest of Panum the building receives cold seawater from the Port of Copenhagen – like a climate-friendly district cooling system. District cooling is used to cool autoclaves, ventilation systems, server rooms etc.

Green quality of life – for users and citizens

The choice of trees and plants for the park has also taken possible future climate changes into account. They therefore include species from warmer climates like Asia and South America as well as species from our own, colder part of the world.

Natural grasses re-establish the areas historical affiliation to the grazing green and, together with a wide range of wood species, create a series of green outdoor rooms, which function as aromatic, varied common areas and ensure variation across the year. The varied plants represent various biotopes and ecosystems, creating great biodiversity and making the campus park a robust and ideal place for wildlife.