The National Building Foundation

What is The National Building Foundation?

The National Building Foundation is an important part of the cycle of the social housing sector in Denmark. The Foundation provides the sector with financial support, expert knowledge og various statistics and IT-tools. The Foundation works with funds that come from the sector itself. It means that the money is not a part of the general tax system.

No one profits from the rent. A home in the social housing sector is free of speculation and the rent is cost-related.

Anders Vestergaard, Director at NordVestBo.

In Denmark, social housing is constructed and in most cases run by social housing organisations. The term “social housing” is a collective designation for three different types of housing; social family dwellings, social dwellings for the elderly and social dwellings for young persons.

The pillars of the social housing sector

The social housing sector in Denmark can be said to stand on three pillars that are all rooted in the Danish welfare society:


The National Building Foundation is used for large renovation projects and social development plans in challenged housing areas.The Foundation is solidary and rotating and acts as a savings account for the whole of the social housing sector in Denmark. 

The use of the funding

Most of the funding goes straight back to the tenants in social housing. Funding goes to large renovation projects, regulation of the rent, social development plans in challenged housing areas etc. Below you can see how some of the funding is being used:

The Danish social housing model

Social housing is a part of the Danish welfare society. The aim is to offer people of all kind decent housing at an affordable rent. While at the same time giving tenants a right to influence their own housing conditions. The social housing sector is non-profit and is both environmentally and socially sustainable as well as economically sound.

Social development plans at work

A social development plan is usually a joint project between tenants in a challenged housing area , the housing organization(s) and the local municipality – and is, where possible, coordinated with other relevant projects and initiatives in the area. The main focus is on strengthening and supporting crime prevention, (a feeling of) security, active citizenship, parenting skills and parental responsibility, education and employment.