Building, energy and environment

About the centre

  • Research areas

    We conduct applied research in collaboration with private and public companies.

    Developing and managing future resources

    Building, energy and environment are major research and development areas in Denmark. That enables a wide range of projects, products and approaches to working within these three areas. At the same time, building, energy and environmental research and development areas are intertwined.

    Building, energy and environment are primarily about resource management. This may be in the form of limiting the consumption of scarce resources, which is the case for many energy sources and clean water. It may include the development of new resources that can supplement or replace scarce resources, for example, renewable energy sources. It could also be developing a new way of managing resources when building or renovating buildings, such as storing waste heat for recycling, purifying water for specific purposes as well as using embedded systems and the internet of things to optimise how we deal with future resources.

    The research areas

    We concentrate on developing projects and focus areas that are targeted towards selected areas of building, energy and environment, including:

    • resilience and climate adaptation
    • energy efficiency, recycling and process optimisation
    • renewable energy resources
    • heat recovery and storage
    • drinking water and wastewater treatment
    • sustainable energy innovation
    • intelligent and dynamic façade solutions
    • recycling of materials in building
    • embedded engineering
    • Internet of Things (IoT)

    Our research needs to have practical applications. The knowledge we develop must facilitate development and innovation. Therefore, we work closely with businesses, state agencies, interest organisations and other research and development institutions. Close interaction with the outside world is at the core of all our activities.

  • Selected projects

    Water, soil and sustainability are among the themes in our projects.

    Nudging – value creating effects on the indoor climate and heat consumption in general building renovation

    Often renovation projects do not meet the expected improvements in relation to reduced energy consumption and an improved indoor environment. Our hypothesis is that this could be due to the fact that there is not sufficient focus on the behaviours of the residents and their impact on the renovation’s objectives.

    During the project, VIA's researchers are to develop a specific nudging tool that can be implemented by the residents in the public sector and to promote the effect of the already implemented general building renovation in the period 2011-2014. The nudging tool is aimed at the behavioural impact and behavioural changes of indoor climate parameters: temperature, humidity, air changes, features, particulate pollutants, degassing of materials, cleaning, noise, daylight and artificial lighting.

    The project will focus on creating knowledge of the importance of the residents' behaviours in relation to the intentions of the completed renovation, including focus on the behaviours of the residents as a value-creating factor and supporting element after a completed renovation. This knowledge can be used in similar and future renovations. It is the objective of the nudging tool to be user-friendly, low-cost and ready to implement directly into future building renovation projects.

    Project period: 2015-2016

    Project partners: VIA Building, Energy & Environment, Danish Technological Institute Grant: The Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs

    Project Manager at VIA:
    Torsten Sack-Nielsen

    Read more about the project at UC Viden 

    Smart energy to market

    Researchers from VIA will participate in a R&D project, which is to develop system solutions in the field of energy in the Region of Southern Denmark.

    Smart energy to market focuses on Denmark’s great potential for export system solutions, but there are many challenges associated with developing system solutions. The project is to create growth and increased exports of energy technology companies by developing system solutions in close dialogue with its customers. The development of solutions will take its point of departure in the energy challenges that energy-consuming enterprises, for example, Green Tech Center Energilaug are facing.

    One of the challenges is that the implementation of the new innovative and energy-efficient solutions to key account customers such as production facilities, cold stores, retailers, office buildings, etc., are very complex. A customer solution often involves a combination of several technologies/products to solve the particular challenge for the customer.

    Researchers from VIA will focus on the technical side of the project's new innovative and energy-efficient system solutions and must ensure, for example, that the quality assurance of the new solutions meet the highest technological standards.

    Project period: 2015-2019

    Project partners: VIA University College, the Green Tech Center, CLEAN, TREFOR, Lillebaelt Academy – University of Applied Sciences, CLEAN, Convia, IDEA Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Southern Denmark. Grant: European Regional Development Fund and Region of Southern Denmark

    Read more about the project at UC Knowledge  

    Resilience Lab Denmark

    The number of residents in worldwide cities will rise sharply in the future. In 2050, it is expected that 75% of the world's population will live in cities. It is, therefore, necessary that the cities establish a means of urban development, which is both in balance and holistic, as well as resistant to future climate changes. This means that resource consumption must decrease in order for the cities’ continued development and day-to-day operations to balance with the environment and resources.

    The purpose of the project is to identify the need for developing new technologies, which can decrease or reduce the consequences of increased water levels in Vejle, Denmark. For instance, in relation to a failing electricity supply, which will affect institutions, businesses and citizens’ access to electricity, the internet and clean drinking water.

    Project period: 2014-2020

    Read more about the project and its project partners Project website

    See more of the centre’s projects at UC Knowledge

  • Researchers

    Contact the researchers

    Research Centre for Construction, Energy, Water, and Climate:

    See an overview of the researchers

  • Partners

    Our Danish and international partners include:


    • Rambøll
    • Niras 
    • Horsens Vand
    • Geo Subsurface Expertise
    • Insero.


    • Green Tech Center
    • Resilience Lab Denmark.

    Knowledge Institutions

    • Danish Technological Institute
    • Institute of Geoscience, Aarhus University
    • Danish Building Research Institute
    • University of Southern Denmark
    • Aalborg University.


    • Regional Development, Central Denmark Region
    • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.


    • Santander University (Spain)
    • Sichuan University (China)
    • EUPIC
    • High Tech Zone Chengdu (China)
    • Interactive Institute (Se)
    • University of Reims (Fr)
    • Szent István University (Hu)
    • Municipality of RÚP - Budapest (Hu).

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