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    Sustainable technology


    One of the key ideas behind the community was to create a development that integrates environmental friendly technologies and practices in the construction of the houses as well as in the operation. This vision has been implemented in the following way.

    Building materials

    • all houses are wooden houses painted with environmental friendly paints outdoors and indoors.
    • dividing walls between individual row houses are made of non-burned compressed soil bricks (minimum of energy used for construction compared to normal burned bricks)
    • paper based insulation materials are used (minimum of energy used for construction compared to energy intensive materials like Rockwool usually used in Denmark)
    • outer walls are made without plastic vapour barrier to provide for better indoor climate
    • all houses have wooden floors and solid wooden doors inside
    • gypsum building boards are used for indoor wall boarding
    • energy efficient windows
    • gravel roads and walkways (minimum of energy used for construction compared to paved roads)
    • one of the common houses is a straw bale house built by the residents

    Renewable energy and energy efficiency

    • a heating plant operated on wood pellets and a local district heating system supply CO2-free space heating and domestic hot water
    • solar collectors placed on all common houses supply almost all hot water during the summer
    • a demonstration installation of solar cells produces electricity
    • all houses have under floor heating for comfort and energy savings
    • many residents use electric appliances with high energy efficiency
    • a local foundation supports small environmental friendly demonstration projects
    • a green balance report of the ecological performance is done every few years.





    Recycling of nutrients and garbage

    • urine from the residents is collected in separation toilets and stored in outdoor underground storage tanks and spread on nearby farm fields as an organic fertiliser
    • garbage is separated into many fractions for recycling at our waste recycling station
    • food scraps and garden wastes are composted
    • we also have a room for recycling of clothes and other things.

    Local waste water treatment and water management

    • waste water from the settlement is treated locally in a biological sand filter
    • collection of rainwater for use in laundry rooms in the common houses
    • separation toilets also save a lot of water.

    Production of organic vegetables and meat

    • many residents grow organic vegetables in designated vegetable plots
    • groups of residents keep sheep, cattle, and grow corn on adjacent fields.


    • the settlement is deliberately located close to a railway station to provide good opportunities for use of public transportation
    • a car sharing association is operated that offers members to book different cars on-line and pay based on their utilisation (hours and km). Car sharing decreases car use substantially compared to owning a car yourself.
    • residents use bicycles intensively and sheltered storage is provided for all bicycles.