New Construction

  • Building Type : Terraced Individual housing
  • Construction Year : 2020
  • Delivery year :
  • Address 1 - street : Kystvejen 11 7700 THISTED, Denmark
  • Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.

  • Net Floor Area : 153 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 322 444 €
  • Number of Dwelling : 1 Dwelling
  • Cost/m2 : 2107.48 €/m2

Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    37 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Primary energy needs )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

A wood building in the forest

Near the scenic Klitmøller in Thy, is built a residence for the Danish Nature Agency. The local forest runner lives with his family in a fine and simple wooden house, which BJERG designed in 2019.
The house blends naturally into the surroundings without disturbing either people or nature. Even after work, the forest runner can enjoy the beautiful nature, as the surroundings enter the house's living room and kitchen via the large window sections.
The house in Thy is built according to passive house principles and has a CO2 footprint of 5.1 kg CO2/m2/year, which is significantly better than the "voluntary sustainability requirement" of 8 kg/m2/year, which has been decided from 2023 in Denmark.

A low CO2 footprint

The house's low CO2 footprint is due to both design and choice of materials. A significant climate reduction already occurs at the start of the design process, when we orient the primary rooms with large window sections to the south. This reduces the need for artificial light and heating, and thus the house's total energy needs are reduced.

Wood is used as the primary material, and instead of glass wool we use wood fiber for insulation, as it can absorb and transport moisture to a greater extent. The house has a tight and well-insulated climate screen, as it reduces energy demand and CO2 emissions.

The dense building envelope also provides a healthy indoor climate without thermal bridges.

The Danish Nature Agency is enthusiastic about the home: "In Thy, we have not only got a beautiful home. But also, a home that really improves on a CO2 account, has a healthy indoor climate and low costs for operation and maintenance. We have chosen to build in wood to emphasize the Norwegian Nature Agency's roots, and find that BJERG Architecture with a simple design has managed to make the house blend elegantly into the surroundings," Kim Røjgaard, head of finance, Norwegian Nature Agency.

Photo credit

Mads Bjerg


Construction Manager

Energy consumption

  • 37,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Primary energy needs

    PE demand (non-renewable Primary Energy): 37 kWh /m²a

    • Air tightness: n50 = 0.22/h
    • Annual heating demand: 14 kWh/(m²a) calculated according to PHPP
    • Heating load: 14 W/m²
    • Cooling load: 0 W/m²

    Primary Energy Renewable (PER) demand: 48 kWh/(m²a)

Envelope performance

    - External Wall
    Wooden profile 20 mm
    Air 57 mm
    Wind barrier 8 mm
    Wood with woodfiberinsulation 295 mm
    Installation layer 70 mm
    Gypsum 25 mm
    U-value: 0.102 W/m²K

    - Roof
    Plywood and roofing felt 15 mm
    Lath and air 91mm
    Wind barrier 8 mm
    Wood with woodfiber insulation 400 mm
    Plywood 15mm
    Wood with insulation 100 mm
    Cement-wood ceiling 37 mm
    U-value: 0.083 W/m²K

    - Floor
    Insulation EPS with graphit 400 mm
    Concrete 120 mm
    Wooden/ Vinyl floor 20mm
    U-value: 0.075 W/m²K


    • Heat pump
    • Heat pump
    • No cooling system
    • Double flow heat exchanger

    The Mechanical systems is one compact unit that provides ventilation, heating & domestic hot water.

Urban environment

    The house blends naturally into the surroundings without disturbing either people or nature.


    Compact P Nilan


    Structural work / Passive system

    The Compact P is a ventilation and heating system that provides with ventilation, heat recovery and domestic hot water production. It ensures a daily renewal of the air by evacuating dust, odors and excess humidity for a healthy and pleasant indoor atmosphere. When it is hotter inside than outside the house, an integrated bypass lets fresh air in directly to cool down as much as possible without using additional energy.

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 322 444

Life Cycle Analysis

    LCA materials with fase D (recycling potential) - 1 kg/m2 per year.

Water management

    Rain water is running to a rain biotope, grey water is filteret on site.

Indoor Air quality

    • Cross ventilation can be used in all rooms.
    • Indoor air quality in the summer: all rooms have windows to outside and opens to living area.



    • Interior temperature winter 20°C
    • Interior temperature summer 25°C

    • Southfacade is 3d - if a curtain is closed - an airgap between glacing and curtain can ventilate solar gains;

GHG emissions

  • 5,10 KgCO2/m2/year
  • GHG emissions (GHG in use can be found in the PER sheet in the PHPP): 0 According to PER and CO2/kWh final DK2035

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

  • The house is built according to the passive house principles;
  • It has a low carbon footprint;
  • Reduced overall energy demand;
  • Wood is used as the primary material;
  • It has a dense and well-insulated building envelope;
  • Healthy indoor climate.

Building candidate in the category

Users’ Choice

Users’ Choice

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