A survey of Danish earthen heritage for sustainable building

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Earthen buildings were common in Denmark up until circa 1880, after which the number of such buildings declined. Today earthen buildings are considered as examples of sustainable architecture, nevertheless there are only few contemporary Danish earthen buildings. The first part of this paper investigates heritage uses of earthen building with a view to exploring the factors that led to their decline. To achieve this, the paper will present a literature study and a case study. The second part of this paper comments on the extent to which the earthen heritage techniques have the potential to contribute to future sustainable building.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVernacular and Earthen Architecture : Conservation and Sustainability
EditorsCamilla Mileto, Fernando Vegas López-Manzanares, Lidia García-Soriano, Valentina Cristini
Number of pages6
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Publication date14 Sept 2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03546-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-26773-9
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2017
EventSOStierra 2017 | 3rd VerSus | 3rd ResTAPIA: International Conference on Vernacular Earthen Architecture. Conservation and Sustainability - Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain , Valencia, Spain
Duration: 14 Sept 201716 Sept 2017


ConferenceSOStierra 2017 | 3rd VerSus | 3rd ResTAPIA
LocationUniversitat Politècnica de València, Spain
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  • vernacular architecture
  • earthen architecture
  • sustainability
  • heritage

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