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Green change at Green Instruments

Climate change and scarcity of natural resources call for innovative solutions. Two green companies from the north of Denmark are setting the bar high, when constructing a new administration building for Green Instruments in Brønderslev. The administration building is designed accordingly to the principles of low-energy buildings, becoming a so-called passive house. An example, more builders should comply with if Denmark is to reach the political goals of becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050, according to BJERG Arkitektur.

The global Brønderslev-based company Green Instruments produces and sells high-tech measuring equipment for land-based and maritime markets; where, among others, particulate density and emissions are to be measured and controlled. Green Instruments is currently experiencing tailwind due to the increasing environmental focus and are therefore expanding the headquarter in Brønderslev.

Managing Director of Green Instruments, Oluf Sigh, report:

- We are running at fast pace in the office and have expanded the workforce to be able to cater for the increasing demand of our products – with the result, that we simply are outgrowing our existing office facilities in Brønderslev.

Energy consumption of buildings represents nearly 40% of the total energy consumption in Denmark. The energy is primarily used for heating, ventilation and lighting. Efficient energy consumption in buildings plays a crucial role in achieving the political goals of being independent of fossil fuels by 2050.

With the investment, Green Instruments contributes to this end: As our name and product portfolio testifies, we strive to contribute to a greener world. To us, it is essential that our environmental initiatives are not kept superficial and therefore, it was important to find an architect with similar green values. We want to establish a characteristic, energy-efficient headquarter that can accommodate our growing business as well as support a good working environment and indoor climate.

- We chose to collaborate with BJERG Arkitektur based on their specialization in climate-friendly architecture. BJERG Arkitektur focuses on designing Passive Houses that, with reduction of energy consumption, uncompromising solutions and cost-effectiveness, closely match the values of Green Instruments. In addition, BJERG Arkitektur, with their headquarters in Hjørring, contribute to our appreciation of local partners.

Architect Jørgen Ussing, BJERG Arkitektur, inform about the collaboration:

- It is vital that we, in every part of society, consider green change in the things we do, and, in the dispositions, we make for the future. We should not only replace our consumption from fossil fuels with green energy; rather, we should reduce our consumption.

- We experience the responsibility of Green Instruments as a textbook example – a business takes the lead and outdistances legislation in a visionary and positive way. We can all learn from that. We are very pleased with the cooperation with Green Instruments, and the management’s way of involving all employees in the green conversion process – that entails commitment and many derived positive benefits.

- For the purpose of bringing down CO2 emissions, it is extremely valuable when a company like Green Instruments chooses to construct using the Passive House-principles. Many builders may not know the advantages of the principles, and therefore it is a success for all of us, and especially the climate, when we experience that we through the right guidance and dialogue, as with Green Instruments, can contribute to the green change.

- A tendency has arisen in which we, with regards to green change, solely focus on wind turbines and solar cells. If we want the profound environmental and climate improvements, we need to focus on the design of intelligent architecture that, with the right grip, can form the foundation of buildings that keep our energy consumption down, notes architect Jørgen Ussing. 

- We expect our new administration building to serve as framework for an exciting future, and that the enlarged capacity can accommodate all new as well as existing employees. As a Passive House, we expect the office to contribute to the optimization of energy and create a comfortable and rewarding result for both employees and the climate. Furthermore, we expect that the new administration building will help cement the presence of Green Instruments in the local community, reports Managing Director Oluf Sigh.

- The collaboration with BJERG Arkitektur has so far been very satisfactory. BJERG Arkitektur has in all respects been cooperative, listened to our needs and objections and considered all the wishes of our employees. With that in mind, we can only be satisfied with the cooperation.

The new administration building is projected as a Passive House, exceeding the energy requirements of 2020.