Denmark Building Codes

Current Codes of Denmark

The Danish Building Regulations BR18
These regulations became effective on January 1, 2018.

Compliance Verification: All new buildings in Denmark are required to comply with the BR18 to meet the standards set for energy efficiency and sustainability. Existing buildings undergoing major renovations must also comply with these regulations. All buildings must be assessed for energy performance, and energy certificates are issued, which are valid for up to ten years. These certificates ensure that all buildings adhere to the required energy efficiency standards outlined in the BR18, promoting environmental sustainability and reducing energy consumption across the country.

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Danish Building Regulations (BR-18), Section 7
Section 7 of the Danish Building Regulations covers a comprehensive set of energy efficiency requirements, mandatory for all buildings. The code sets maximum energy use standards by floor area and building type, as well as standards on all relevant building elements including thermal insulation and fenestration. This code became effective January 1, 2018.

In the lead-up to BR-18, Denmark continually advanced its energy strategies to address both market fluctuations and international climate obligations. Significant developments included:

  • 2005: Release of the Energy Strategy 2025, addressing fluctuating energy markets and Denmark’s responsibility to international climate commitments.
  • 2006: Compliance with the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) through new legislation focused on reducing energy used for heating. This included setting a requirement for the maximum amount of oil usage at 5.5 litres of oil per square meter, down from 14 litres. It established milestones for 2010 and 2015, with potential updates as the plan evolved.
  • 2007: Update of the Energy Strategy 2025, setting ambitious goals for 2025: renewable energy use must increase by 30%, fossil fuel use must decrease by 15%, and energy savings initiatives must increase by 1.25% annually.

All energy codes are managed under Section 7 of the Danish Building Regulations, which was last comprehensively updated in 2018 as part of the BR-18 rollout. These regulations are a testament to Denmark’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact and leading in sustainable building practices globally.