Dutch Warehouse Is One Of The Greenest Industrial Buildings In The World

On the outskirts of the Dutch city of Tilberg sits a building that immediately catches people’s attention due to its futuristic shape and sleek curves.

Known affectionately as “The Tube,” the World Economic Forum recently highlighted the warehouse as one of the greenest on the planet:

“Judged one of the most sustainable industrial buildings in the world, its environmentally friendly features include solar panels that feed surplus energy into the grid, and toilets that flush with rainwater collected from the roof.”

“The Tube” is actually the main office and distribution center for Rhenus, an international logistics company, and the building recently won an incredibly prestigious award for its green credentials:

“This year it received the highest rating ever for a distribution center from BREEAM (British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), which rates buildings’ sustainability.

“BREEAM, which has assessed more than 569,000 buildings in 83 countries, gave NewLogic III a score of 99.48%.”

As you might expect, such energy efficiency is no accident. As a matter of fact, it was part of the original design for the massive warehouse, which stretches over 198,000 feet. The building includes lots of extra insulation and also has a photovoltaic system on the roof that consists of 11,620 solar panels. That means it produces more energy than it uses and then sends that extra power back to the electrical grid, which makes it both energy and CO2 neutral, a rare feat for any building of its size.

Also, the careful utilization of natural light streaming through triple-glazed windows reduces the need for electric lighting and makes it a more pleasant space for workers.

Some of the other features include “automatically dimming LED lighting, charging points for electric vehicles and technology that monitors water consumption and CO2 concentrations.”

Over the past few years, the Netherlands has acquired a reputation as a home for sustainable architecture:

“The Edge, Deloitte Netherlands’ location in Amsterdam, has been hailed as the world’s greenest office space, achieving the highest BREEAM score in its category.”

All of this is part of a larger movement taking place in the fields of architecture and construction. There are even moves afoot by city planners across the world to build greener and more sustainable buildings and cities. As Lifegate recently reported:

“Sustainable architecture and environmental issues are now a part of the agenda for businesses, as well as local and international communities. And people can’t get enough of it. The word ‘sustainability’ and the expression sustainable architecture’ are spreading in the world of design and architecture for two main reasons: functional and formal. Any object that is considered sustainable must show ecological awareness, therefore its functionality must be tied to its relationship with the environment through its appearance.”

Such projects are also part of what’s known as “the circular economy.” Simply put, the circular economy promotes the use of as many biodegradable materials as possible in the manufacture of products so they can be returned to nature without causing environmental damage once they’ve served their purpose and need to be replaced.

Since we all work and live in what can described as adorned boxes, shouldn’t those boxes fit into the rest of nature as gently as possible so that the footprint we leave is as light as possible?

 

Featured Image Via Rhenus

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