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Danish Building Research Institute (SBi)

SBi develops research-based knowledge that improves buildings and the built environment. SBi’s research is characterised by a comprehensive approach that includes perception, function and economy.

Potential areas of collaboration

Working with us will give companies and organisations access to the latest research and our many competences
within our major competence areas:

  • Construction and Health, with a focus on heightened quality and productivity in both new and existing buildings, including a good indoor climate
  • Energy and Environment, with a focus on minimising energy consumption and environmental impact in both new and existing buildings
  • Town, Housing and Property, with a focus on those interests and qualities that are at stake in connection with settlement and urban development

How can we help you?

Among other things, we offer to assist you with:

  • Implementation of research projects
  • Research-based public-sector services
  • Education of PhD students, including industrial researchers
  • Coordination of large research programmes
  • Development and testing of new solutions and products
  • Evaluation of building processes and buildings
  • Evaluation of legislation, development programmes, etc.
  • Establishment of networks and secretarial services for professional networks and similar organisations
  • Communication of research-based and empirical knowledge
  • Courses and continued education
  • Competence development through exchange of employees

In addition, we produce a number of tangible products as a result of our research:

  • Guidelines, Internet solutions and other communication products
  • Reports on research projects
  • Software to support planning, etc.

SBi’s laboratories

SBi has a wide range of laboratory facilities to support our research activities. They include facilities for testing
the performance of structures and materials with regard to strength and stability, moisture conditions, accelerated
ageing and thermographic measurements as well as investigations of air quality, measurements of ventilation and analyses of the use of daylight and artificial lighting.

In connection with our lab facilities, our services and competences cover, among other things:

  • Design of indicative tests, experiments and exchange of knowledge at the pre-product stage
  • Testing the contamination emissions of building materials
  • Simulating climate impact on building parts, both through real-time testing and through “artificial seasons”
  • Wet room tests including the control of membranes and physical characteristics
  • Testing the interaction of daylight and artificial lighting in connection with office work
  • Determining the ventilation conditions of buildings
  • Testing the ability of walls to absorb bumps, e.g. from a person sliding on a bathroom floor

Selected prior collaboration topics

Within Town, Housing and Property, we collaborate closely with a number of private companies concerning unravelling
and analysing housing and social issues such as:

  • Safety in residential areas
  • Architectural solutions in connection with energy renovations of rental housing in Copenhagen
  • Development of a method for identification of buildings ready for demolition

Energy and Environment

Within Energy and Environment, we collaborate with both public authorities and private companies on e.g.:

  • The low-energy houses of the future
  • Danish Sustainability Certification
  • Solar cells integrated in windows and solar screening with various suppliers and developers

Construction and Health

Within Construction and Health, we participate in a series of project collaborations on building processes and indoor
climate, e.g:

  • Examination of the level of PCB in buildings
  • Soundproofing between residences in tower blocks
  • User-driven innovation on information technology in building materials

Industry knowledge

SBi’s research is carried out in collaboration with Danishb and international partners in both the private and the public sectors:

  • Companies, industry associations and information councils
  • Ministries, local authorities and the European Commission
  • Public and private research foundations
  • Research and educational institutions

Find out more at www.sbi.dk