THE OLD WOODEN RAFTERS BECAME A SUSTAINABLE SHED

March 1, 2021

THE OLD WOODEN RAFTERS BECAME A SUSTAINABLE SHED

Recycling building materials and upgrading energy labels have really made the green agenda. And they will be essential for the real estate industry and politicians to meet their common goals of sustainability. This is also the case in Thylander’s property fund Danske Boligejendomme.

In the summer of 2020, the first residents moved into 14 lovely penthouses established by Thylander in the property Ringstedvej 3-7 in Roskilde, 30 kilometers west of Copenhagen. In addition to the new penthouses and the new roof construction, the renovation led to a significant improvement in the quality of the existing property – lower energy consumption and upgraded common areas as well as parking areas.

But also the old wooden rafters got a new life, as they were recycled in the project “Next Shed”, which aims to create sustainable sheds with high quality recycled materials and a durability of 30-50 years.

“The rafters on Ringstedvej could be used for the new sheds, as we knew the wood in the old roof constructions was of good quality. Fortunately, we were able to find a solution, because it hurts deep down when the old rafters are cut to pieces and destroyed – even though they can easily be used for something else,” says Jesper Møgelhøj, who was the architect on the renovation project in Roskilde.

Within a few weeks, the rafter timber was converted into building elements and a new shed is now located at Lyngby Hovedgade 104 in Kgs. Lyngby, just north of Copenhagen. Today, it serves as the framework for waste sorting, bulky waste and equipment. And in addition to saving more than 10 tonnes of CO2 compared to conventional solutions, the shed also has a number of social and economic benefits, which Thylander emphasizes when it comes to sustainability and conservation of existing properties and materials.

“The shed has an integrated ‘neighbor bench’ and the room can occasionally be used for social activities. The residents are now more aware of sorting their waste. There is generally a higher quality in source sorting, which saves time for the operating staff, as well as fewer penalties for incorrect sorting,” says Niels Jakubiak Andersen, founder of “Next Shed”.

The property on Ringstedvej in Roskilde is owned by Thylander’s property fund, Danske Boligejendomme, which has a portfolio of properties in growth cities outside Copenhagen and Aarhus with a total value of more than one billion DKK. Almost half of all the energy labels in the portfolio have been raised in recent years in connection with sustainable renovations of the individual properties.

“It is a documented fact that renovation is more sustainable than building new properties – and at Thylander we have renovated properties worthy of preservation since 1986. But there is no doubt that the more the green transformation has made the agenda, the more we, the architects and the contractors will discover that in many cases additional climate-friendly initiatives makes good sense, not only environmentally, but also socially and financially. We already focus on that now – and we will continue to focus on that for many years to come,” says Henrik Køhn, director and partner at Thylander.

For further information, please contact:

Henrik Køhn, Director and Partner, Thylander +45 28 89 16 61