Highest sustainability certificate awarded
The highest sustainability certificate for constructions (BREAAM) has been awarded for the design of the new building of the 'National Institute for Public Health and Environment' and the 'Medicines Evaluation Board', at the Utrecht Science park.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is an internationally recognised certificate for assessing the sustainability of buildings. This is the first time a PPP (Public Private Partnership) has been assessed as 'outstanding'. This is the highest score ever achieved for a project of this size and complexity. The design meets 94% of the BREAAM requirements.
The project is currently being constructed by the MEET consortium (Strukton / Hurks / Heijmans) at the Utrecht Science Park. In 2018, the building will be completed. The building is designed by Felix Claus Dick Van Wageningen Architects. H+N+S Landscape Architects designed the parks and gardens (inside and outside), the green walls, and the green roofs. MEET maintains and operates the new premises for a period of 25 years.
The needs of plants and animals from the surrounding area have been taken into consideration in the design. This required close consultation with an ecologist (Econatura). Striking design elements are the green base, walls, and roofs. Several nesting facilities for sparrows, bats and swallows (among others) are built into the roof and walls.