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Dutch building rated world’s most sustainable office

9 January 2015

A building in the Netherlands is being called the most sustainable office building in the world, after gaining the highest-ever BREEAM rating.


The Edge building in Amsterdam has been awarded the highest score recorded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the global assessor of sustainable buildings.


The 40,000 square metre (430,000 square feet) building was created by developer OVG Real Estate and PLP Architecture and is occupied by professional services firm Deloitte. It achieved a BREEAM new construction certification of ‘Outstanding’ with a score of 98.36 per cent, beating the previous most sustainable building, One Embankment Place in London.


Ron Bakker, founding partner at London-based PLP said that the shape and orientation of the building was the first step to achieving its exceptional performance.


“Large floor plates arranged around a north-facing atrium allow daylight to permeate the majority of workspaces while load-bearing structure with smaller openings provides thermal mass and shade to the sunlit faces of the building,” he said.


“The 15-storey atrium space full of light and activity contributes to an inspirational workplace environment that is operationally, aesthetically and environmentally outstanding."


The Edge also uses Philips’ Ethernet-powered LED connected lighting, so employees can use their smartphones to regulate the climate and light over individual workspaces.


Solar panels on the roof and other parts of the building, along with underground aquifer thermal energy storage, generate all the energy required for heating and cooling the building, making it energy neutral.


Coen van Oostrom, founder and chief executive of OVG, said the building’s high rating was a result of partnership working with the occupier Deloitte.


“The built environment currently accounts for 40 per cent of carbon emissions, so pushing the boundaries of what is possible by being brave and employing new technologies is critical,” he said. “We have a responsibility to leave a green legacy for future generations.”