Personal profile

Research profile

Kim Haugbølle conducts advisory services to the government, undertakes teaching, and develops research-based knowledge to improve the built environment. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications on the role of the construction client focusing on innovation, procurement, building performance, life cycle economics and sustainable design. Kim Haugbølle is an experienced writer of publications covering both popular and professional texts as well as texts in both Danish and English.

Teaching profile

Kim's primary interests are innovation and process development. In particular, he focuses on matters concerning the role of the client, life cycle costing (LCC) and sustainability. He is heavily involved in the sustainable certification scheme DGNB and responsible for the development of the LCCbyg tool for calculating the life cycle costs of buildings. Kim is theoretically broadly rooted in a socio-technical tradition and works with both qualitative and quantitative methods. Examples of previously supervised graduation projects and censoring assignments include:
- Implementing sustainable initiatives in a public client organization
- Innovation partnerships as driver of a sustainable transformation of the socio-technical regime of construction
- Innovation and knowledge management systems in Rockwool
- Knowledge management in consulting engineering
- Innovation and technology platforms in industrial companies
- Digitization strategy in consulting engineering
- Breaking up the construction value chain - architectural firms' strategies and positioning
- Data integration across digital tools in design practice

Administrative profile

Kim Haugbølle is a member of the international building research organization CIB. Since 2020 he has been a member of CIB's Program Committee and from 2022 Chair of the Program Committee as well as a member of the board of CIB on behalf of BUILD, Aalborg University.

From 2017-20, Kim Haugbølle has been a member of the Academic Council at the Faculty of Engineering and Science (ENG) at Aalborg University. He was previously a member of the Academic Council at the Danish Building Research Institute (SBi) in the period 2008-16.

Kim has been Chairman from 2017-2022 and Member since 2014 of the Bibliometric Research Indicator Committee 45 on system and technology development, service development and facilities management, and construction management.

In 2011, Kim co-founded the Nordic association CREON (Construction Researchers on Construction Management and Economics in the Nordic region) with colleagues from other Nordic universities. He is a member of the board and treasurer of the association.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Technical University of Denmark


MSc (CivEng), Technical University of Denmark


BSc (PolSc), Institut for Statskundskab, Københavns Universitet


External positions

Secretariat Director, Byggeriets Udviklingsråd (Danish Building Development Council)


PhD student, Technical University of Denmark



  • Construction
  • construction management
  • innovation management
  • life cycle costing


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