• Rendsburggade 14

    9000 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile


SARC aims to develop sustainable built environments that enrich human life.


SARC researches the design of sustainable architecture while integrating concerns for environment, climate, energy and materials with the purpose of strengthening the quality of human life.


SARC regards integrated design as a cornerstone in research, education and practice and aims to fully integrate engineering aspects in architectural approaches. SARC is critical towards the division of technical and aesthetical mindsets in the building practice and researches to integrate all relevant aspects of building also in early design phases. SARC works inter-disciplinary often with mixed methods. 

SARC applies a human-centered approach to architecture with the aim of enhancing health and quality of life in built environments. SARC researches human use and psychophysiological impacts of buildings while addressing multi-sensuous qualities moving science to the field of aesthetics. SARC addresses human beings as capable agents in sustainable development and researches user-centered design and building operation.

SARC works environmentally and regards climate and urban context as main drivers of building design. SARC researches climate mitigation and adaption of build environments; design of micro climates and exergy conditions and acknowledges that architectural integration of water and greenery in dense urban space will improve the city as human and natural environment.

SARC aims for architecture that is ambitious concerning energy efficiency and for indoor environments enriched by the changing forces of light and climate. SARC researches to develop architecture as a passive means of comfortable indoor environments, sustainable human activity and fossil free building operation. SARC researches to integrate active energy systems in the architectural approach and outcome.

SARC regards building as a long-term dynamic flow of material resource. SARC researches life cycle-oriented tactics of applying materials and components to architecture and to make the constructions support passive strategies of energy and climate meeting sustainable certification standards. SARC researches environmental tectonics to develop tactile, acoustic and visual qualities of architecture.

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    Research Output


    Dabaieh, M., Jan 2021, Elsevier.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

    A comparative monitoring study of the indoor and outdoor heat stress in four different urban settings in Cairo: Current and future scenarios

    Dabaieh, M., 2020, (In preparation) 35th PLEA CONFERENCE SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN Planning : Post Carbon Cities. University of Murcia and University of Coruna

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingConference abstract in proceedingResearchpeer-review

    A field experiment of double dynamic lighting in an office responding to sky and daylight: Perceived effects on comfort, atmosphere, and work engagement.

    Hansen, E. K., Bjørner, T., Xylakis, E. & Pajuste, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Indoor and Built Environment.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Prizes

  • Zero Energy Residential Unit (ZERU).

    Marwa Dabaieh (Recipient), 21 Mar 2018

    Prize: Other prizes

    Årets Underviser 2017 ved Det Tekniske Fakultet for IT og Design.

    Anne Kirkegaard Bejder (Recipient), 7 Apr 2017

    Prize: Educational prizes


    16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (Event)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Member)

    1 Nov 20205 Nov 2020

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (Event)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Member)

    13 Oct 202014 Oct 2020

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    Healthy Buildings Europe 2021 (Event)

    Runa T. Hellwig (Member)

    8 Sep 202023 Jun 2021

    Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

    Press / Media

    IT og design-ph. d. til Zakaria Djebbara

    Zakaria Djebbara


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Interview med arkitekt MAA Isak Worre Foged: Tegl og lyd

    Isak Worre Foged


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Man kan lukke øjnene, men man kan ikke lukke ørerne

    Isak Worre Foged


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media