Sustainable building in Denmark: The Use of Certification Systems

Tobias Søholt Petersen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatafhandlinger


This thesis aims to analyse the effect that certification systems can have on sustainable construction, and its development in the Danish building industry. An analysis was made to determine, how the DGNB certification system can be become a dominant design in the industry, and if this can result, in a more widespread use of innovative sustainable construction. By viewing the DGNB certification system as a platform, it was possible to analyse how the mechanisms surrounding the system, affected the growth and development of Green Building Council Denmark. A case study of before-mentioned organisation was made in order to establish, how the network of stakeholders affected the DGNB system and the organisation itself. Through interviews with experts and stakeholders within the Danish sustainable building industry, it was established to have a substantial impact on the use of sustainable building. Along with interviews, several research studies were incorporated to show what effect, the DGNB certification system could have on the sustainable building industry. The research made in this thesis found, that the pursuit of making the DGNB system a dominant design in the sustainable industry, could be a feasible strategy in order to spread the use of innovative sustainable building, throughout the country. The pursuit towards a dominant design the industry could, however, be challenged by the lack of acknowledgement of the DGNB system worldwide. This is due to international clients and investors having a stronger familiarity with other certification systems.

UddannelserCand.merc.mib Management of Innovation and Business Development, (Kandidatuddannelse) Afsluttende afhandling
Antal sider81
VejledereJacob Norvig Larsen