DR Byen - Sustainable Venue Inspiration
by Sustainable Sidekick Livvy Drake
On my recent cycle tour around the current European Green Capital, Copenhagen, (the best way to do the Go Green is by bike). I was in awe of all the green spaces around the city. It seemed that around every corner there was a park with a raised vegetable bed or a building with a garden peering refreshingly out over the roof.
I was intrigued to see how these standards had manifested in the construction of the Danish Broadcasting Company's Byen Building.
This particularly immense, overwhelming modern building was divided into four quarters which included a large music venue, recording studios, offices and a radio station all set on a barren, and visibly less green plot than other places I had seen.
Initially, when I arrived I was not sure whether I would be mistaken for just another X-factor contender. And whilst the random outbreak of song was charming, the auditions for the show did mean I couldn't have a nose around the building.
However there were a number of features that were easily visible and confirmed by the slightly agitated receptionist (too much X-factor).
Staff and customer sustainability initiatives:
- Bikes for guests to hire instead of taking taxis
- Composting in the staff canteen
- Live trees (no plastic imitations, these trees had roots) in the hallways
- Bee hives on the roof for urban social enterprise Bybi who train asylum seekers and homeless people to make honey and look after bees.
As expected the building had been designed with energy efficiency and carbon reduction at it's core. the measures included:
- Largest solar heating system in Denmark The roof of DR Byen features a 1,060 m2 of solar cells which produce around 80-100 MWh per annum
- Groundwater and fresh air cooling - I had initially thought the water was just a 'feature' to create ambience, but how naive. The underwater lake the buildings were perched on was part of a clever cooling system, that worked alongside a natural air and night cooling.
- Daylight and intelligent lighting - Using natural lighting reduces energy costs
- Rain water used for toilet flushing - Making the most of nature for nature's calling!
Read more on DR Byen's sustainable building credentials
Feeling inspired? Want to implement some initiatives in your venue?
Come along to an introductory workshop on sustainability with fellow peers from the Bristol Event Industry, on 25th November as we consider how to establish Bristol as a 'Sustainable Event Destination'.