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Focus Denmark December 2012

According to the Technical University of Denmark and Henning Larsen Architects, who have joined forces in a new and unconventional research project to examine the connection between design and energy use in buildings, 40–50 percent of a building’s energy consumption is “locked” into the design. In other words, the shape of a building, and the materials of which it is made, impose limits on the energy savings that can later be made with the help of technology.

This issue of Focus Denmark takes a close look at a number of building and urban planning projects where energy and environment have played a key role, both in Denmark and abroad. One example is Chongqing in south-west China, where the city council has teamed up with a Danish consulting firm in an effort to return the car-dominated city to pedestrians and cyclists.

Beyond the main theme, we delve into a new trend in Corporate Social Responsibility: companies are increasingly discovering that customers, investors, end users and the media expect them to report on their CSR activities and visions. In Denmark this has even been a legal requirement since 2009 for companies of a certain size, which according to experts has increased senior management awareness of CSR.

In this issue you can also meet a number of smaller-scale fashion companies that have launched sustainable business concepts based on clothing exchange, clothing repairs and even a “clothing library”, a photographer who has become the first Dane to become a full member of the prestigious photographers’ association Magnum Photos, and a key figure in a San Francisco-based online community marketplace, who more than most has put his trust in Danish hospitality.

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