A Methodological Framework to Foster Social Value Creation in Architectural Practice

Vibeke Grupe Larsen*, Valentina Antoniucci, Nicola Tollin, Peter Andreas Sattrup, Krister Jens, Morten Birkved, Tine Holmboe, Giuliano Marella

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The building industry is essential for a national transition towards a circular economy (CE) in Denmark. The Danish state subsidises the Danish affordable housing sector, which is the largest single sector within the Danish building industry, making the sector an essential driver for the transition. The social components of sustainability are considered crucial to ensuring the quality of the environmental and economic components of the CE. However, social value creation (SVC) has been neglected in building processes, and public investments are being used without the policymakers thoroughly assessing the CE’s socioeconomic efficiency and effectiveness. The sector therefore needs integrated methodologies to support comprehensive decision making on the CE during construction and renovation. SVC is an apparent field for architectural firms. Two surveys were conducted among business and sustainability managers of Danish architectural firms to identify the challenges and potentials regarding assessing sustainability and SVC in architects’ practices. The results of the surveys are described and analysed in this study. Several impact categories, indicators and tools are identified, discussed and summarised in a methodological framework that can support architects in decision making about SVC in constructing and renovating affordable housing. Further refinement of the framework to support dynamic and iterative decision-making is anticipated as future work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1849
Issue number3
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Danish Association of Architectural Firms, Innovation Fund Denmark and Realdania Denmark, Research Grant Number 153-00169B, date 1 July 2020.


  • affordable housing
  • architectural profession
  • circular economy
  • Denmark
  • S-LCA
  • social housing
  • social sustainability
  • social value creation
  • sustainability
  • sustainable building


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