This construction has been awarded with the highest sustainability grade ever by the Building Research Establishment.
It is said that corporate buildings account for the majority of large cities’ carbon emissions, which have become a global concern over the past decade. Whereas many structures have innovated in terms of sustainability, one construction has recently received the highest rating ever granted (98.36 percent) by the Building Research Establishment, a global sustainable building assessor. The Edge, a 40,000 meters square construction located in Amsterdam housing the consulting firm Deloitte as well as law and notary enterprise AKD, has a minimal impact on the environment thanks to a wide array of eco-friendly innovations.
Firstly, more than 4,000 meters square of solar panels have been placed on the roof as well as every surface of one facade not covered by windows. These panels enable to provide the energy needed for office equipment, phones, electric cars as well as an aquifer thermal energy storage system. The latter manages to provide heating and cooling during different periods efficiently. Indeed, water is transferred through a heat exchange and stored into a well during warm period, in order to be re-used for cooler periods. The reverse is also applied to provide cooling.
On top of that, the building is equipped with Philips’ Ethernet powered LED connected lighting, which can be used by individual employees to monitor variables such as light or temperature at their own workspace as well as extract information about the building’s energy consumption. Rainwater is also recycled to flush toilets as well as watering the building’s gardens. Finally – a must in Amsterdam – 500 bicycle parking spaces are available in order to encourage employees to also act in an eco-friendly fashion outside work.
The Edge is paving the way to a more sustainable way of living thanks to a variety of technologies. Some of them, such as LED lights, building systems or solar panel aluminium extrusion can be found at Shanghai Metal Corporation, one of the leading businesses in the manufacturing of metalworking industry. We produce and export the best quality of metal products while keeping an eye on manufacturing efficiency and environmental sustainability.
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