Nordhavn is the only new urban development area that has received the highest certification for sustainability - namely gold - in the DGNB certification system.

The gold certification indicates that Nordhavn will be a beacon for sustainable urban development, both nationally and internationally. At the same time, the overall vision for Nordhavn is that it must be a future sustainable neighbourhood for Copenhagen, and the certification means that we are well on our way to achieving our goal.

Environmentally friendly forms of transport, the use of rainwater and requirements for environmentally friendly buildings are just some of the things that have given Nordhavn its sustainability profile. 

The environmentally friendly traffic solutions involve the metro, super bicycle paths and good conditions for pedestrians. At the same time, residents and employees in the neighbourhood will have a short distance and therefore less transportation time to shops, institutions and public services in either Nordhavn or the adjacent neighbourhood of Østerbro. The natural choice should be to use a bicycle, public transport or to walk, rather than taking the car.

The greenery will also be evident in the urban space with green roofs and façades and pray with trees and plants that are watered with collected rain water. 

Nordhavn will provide Copenhagen's residents with a new way to access the water. The harbour and the many canals that are being created between the neighbourhoods have played a significant role in the certification, especially in relation to the recreational opportunities and the good air quality that are provided by the proximity to water. Housing, cafés and shops will be directly linked to the water, and it must be possible for everyone to experience and use the water everywhere in the area. The harbour waterfronts, quay areas and sections of coastline will all be open to the public. 

Sustainable buildings
Certification also entails that it will be a requirement for all developers in the district that their buildings are certified to at least bronze level. The buildings must therefore meet higher standards than the current building code requires. This includes better insulation, which can be expected to result in lower operating costs.

In addition, the utilities supply to the buildings will generally be sustainable. For example, the commercial properties will receive district cooling for air conditioning, where the cooling is established centrally and transported in pipes in the same way as for district heating, and with low temperature it will be more sustainable than in the rest of Copenhagen. Some buildings will also be provided with systems for collecting rainwater for toilet flushing.

What is certified

The certification applies to three selected areas in Nordhavn, namely Trælastholmen, Levantkaj Vest and Sundmolen, or 26.2 hectares in total. The three areas are parts of Inner Nordhavn and cover the areas that the company wishes to develop in the next phase after the Århusgade Quater.