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Egebjerggård - building sustainably in Ballerup

Ballerup

Detailed description of the Good Practice

"One out of 15 residential areas in the world it is worth travelling to see". This is what a French magazine wrote about Egebjerggård, a new residential area with 900 houses in Ballerup, west of Copenhagen. The area includes both municipal housing and private housing to rent and own. They are build as blocks of flats and semi-detached houses, and were built during 1988-96. The blocks are in groups of 20-50 around a courtyard. Emphasis has been put on creating variety among the buildings and to create interesting outdoor spaces, including two small lakes. Lots of workplaces are integrated into the area. This cuts down the need to travel to work, but also improves the availability of services, and keeps the place alive at all hours. The last factor has contributed to a remarkably low crime level in the area.

"Skotteparken" is the area that has become most famous for its ecological qualities. Solar collectors, extra insulation and glazed balconies contribute to lowering the energy used for heating the 100 houses to 88 kWh/m2. This is half of the average for new Danish houses. Skotteparken has won several awards including the Eurosolar prize and the UN "World Habitat Award".

Adjacent to the residential area is the "building playground" Rosendal with a root zone water treatment system, an ecological garden and a natural garden. There is also the "Nature house" a community house built of second hand materials and straw and clay. This house is used for a wide range of activities in addition to an ecological information centre.

energy efficiency
sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

to create ecological residential area

Participants of the Good Practice

Ballerup municipality

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens

Funding of the Good Practice

private and municipal organizations

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Ballerup kommune
Address Rådhuset, DK-2750 Ballerup
Description Forstadskommune til København, ca. 47.000 innb.
Telephone +45-44 77 20 00
Telefax +45-44 77 27 17

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April, 10, 2009)