HC Group complete the world’s most sustainable office building

Not in Tokyo, New York, Delhi, London or Paris, but in Amsterdam you can find the world’s most sustainable office building: The Edge. The sophisticated design, combined with smart and advanced technology, resulted in a 98.36% (BREEAM-NL) sustainability score for the building. The Edge sheds n820ew light on real estate in the future: buildings that actually generate more energy than they consume.

Not only did our Parking division HCPS supply a complete induction ventilation system including 12 IDV thrust fans within the 9760m2 car park but also the Building monitoring and controls via HC TN, Climate ceilings via HC KP, All VAV, CAV systems and grilles via HC BA.

The Edge is orientated and shaped in such a way that the power of the sun is optimally utilised. The glass facade ensures that daylight can be benefited from as long as possible, without the heat of the sun influencing the temperature inside. The south side of the building is equipped with super-efficient solar panels, keeping the heat out and the radiation absorbed when it’s at its strongest. And the result? More than enough energy for the heating/cooling installation, all laptops and smartphones in the building and all the electric powered vehicles, used by employees consume.

The heating and cooling of The Edge is regulated in a sustainable way. Therefore, two groundwater sources are located 130 metres underground: one for cold water and one for warm water. These so-called aquifer thermal energy storage pumps, depending on the inner and outer climate, pump warm or cold water in to or out of the building. The installation pumps are driven by self-generated solar power. As such, The Edge cleverly and optimally uses all sustainable possibilities.

The international business news site Bloomberg Business has devoted considerable attention to The Edge. An extensive video report examines the innovative concept of the building in detail. Erik Ubels from Deloitte talks about the appeal of the building and Ron Bakker from PLP Architecture zooms in on the design. Furthermore, Coen van Oostrom (CEO of OVG Real Estate) explains how intelligent technology can contribute to a smarter and more efficient use of buildings. According to him, The Edge only marks the beginning of this development.

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