The Edge: The Most Sustainable Building in the World
OVG Real Estate, the Dutch commercial real estate developer and investor, has created the most sustainable building in the world, after its newest property was awarded the highest score ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the global assessor of sustainable buildings. The Edge, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, achieved a BREEAM new construction certification of ‘Outstanding’.
The building is Energy Neutral, collects and uses rainwater, has LEDs that provide real time data on the efficiency of the building and promotes cycling by making it as comfortable as possible to arrive by bike and park it.
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.
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.
More information regarding The Edge can be found here.
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