General

Short Description

Learning from nature

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology, is one of the research institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), studies the effect of nature in all its many forms. It is, therefore, only fitting that ecological processes and the dynamics of nature themselves influenced the design and construction of their new premises. The brief was to design a building that is comfortable and functional but that also blends into the surrounding environs. A tall order? With vision, creativity and perseverance, anything is possible.

Intentions

Cradle to Cradle (C2C)

Some years ago, NIOO decided to merge activities from two of its locations into one new sustainable building. NIOO director, Professor Louise Vet, was inspired by the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles and wanted to take the design and construction of their building one step further than the most sustainable buildings built to date in the Netherlands. Sustainability is generally measured by energy efficiency; the C2C concept, however, poses new criteria. The question is not what can we do to limit environmental damage, but rather how can we make a valuable contribution to the surrounding environment?

The C2C guiding principle is that production should be waste free. In the cradle to cradle model, everything we make and leave behind is regenerated as raw materials for use in the natural environment or in new products. The other two main principles are: use solar energy and celebrate biodiversity. The designers were instructed to keep as close to this philosophy as possible.

Intended Use

Labaratories, Research, Offices, Canteen, Seminar Rooms,

Team

  • Project Architect(s):

    Claus and Kaan Architects

  • Project Developer(s):

    Louise Vet (Director NIOO-KNAW)

  • Project Engineer(s) & Contractor(s):

    A diverse design team was put together under the leadership of Archisupport, which included the construction company Bouwbedrijf Berghege, DGMR Engineer Consultancy and DWA installation and energy consultants.

  • Project Advisor:

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Elements


  • Facade

    • ⁂ Integrate Biological Nutrients, Enhance Air Quality and Indoor Climate, Enhance Water Quality, Healthy Materials (Design for Disassembly, Material Re-Use, Carbon Management)
    • ⁂ Integrate Renewable Energy
    • ⁂ Actively Support Biodiversity, Celebrate Conceptual Diversity with Innovation
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    • Positive Impact

      NIOO director, Professor Louise Vet, was inspired by the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles and wanted to take the design and construction of their building one step further than the most sustainable buildings built to date in the Netherlands. Sustainability is generally measured by energy efficiency; the C2C concept, however, poses new criteria.

    • Benefits

      The question is not what can we do to limit environmental damage, but rather how can we make a valuable contribution to the surrounding environment? The C2C guiding principle is that production should be waste free. In the cradle to cradle model, everything we make and leave behind is regenerated as raw materials for use in the natural environment or in new products. The other two main principles are: use solar energy and celebrate biodiversity. The designers were instructed to keep as close to this philosophy as possible.

    • Used Materials

      Furniture in the offices, glas, plato wood, wool, flax, steel, eco-concrete

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  • Roof

    • ⁂ Integrate Biological Nutrients, Enhance Water Quality, Healthy Materials (Material Re-Use, Defined Intended Use Pathway)
    • ⁂ Integrate Renewable Energy
    • ⁂ Actively Support Biodiversity, Celebrate Conceptual Diversity with Innovation
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    • Positive Impact

      A roof that water contains, the nature can take in the city and can regulate the temperature of the underlying building. That's the roof that a large group of collaborating organizations are testing at the Dutch Institute of Ecology (NIOO). And we don't forget the delivering power by plants and enjoyment for people.

    • Benefits

      In the cities of the future, green roofs take an important place. Where there is no place on the ground, roofs can nature offer a few floors higher odds. In addition, make water storage and purification, energy-saving insulation of the building underneath and even producing electricity plants by the potency completely. An associated roof like the NIOO makes the experiments not only attractive for rare and endangered species, but also for humans.

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  • Furniture

    • ⁂ Integrate Biological Nutrients, Enhance Air Quality and Indoor Climate, Enhance Water Quality, Healthy Materials (Material Re-Use)
    • ⁂ Integrate Renewable Energy
    • ⁂ Actively Support Biodiversity, Celebrate Conceptual Diversity with Innovation
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    • Positive Impact

      The Netherlands Institute of Ecology, (NIOO-KNAW), studies the effect of nature in all its many forms. It's, therefore, only fitting that ecological processes and the dynamics of nature themselves influenced the design and construction of their new premises.

    • Benefits

      Material
      At the building a few challenging demands were made: healthy for people and the environment, made from renewable resources and economically produced. This resulted in a hull of durable concrete, where in the finishing as little as possible, use is made of kit, solvents and the like. The building is also constructed from (FSC) wood, glass, steel, flax, limestone and rubble granulate and this looks very natural.

      Energy
      The focus is both on reduction and sustainable generation of it. The strength of the artificial light, for example, is dependent on the amount of light at that time. There is also a special experiment planned with a new generation of solar cells. The solar collector has the shape of a sphere and should be highly efficient concentrated solar power will supply .. Solar heat is stored by High Temperature Storage. This store is located at least 300 meters below ground. This is much deeper than up to now has been done in the Netherlands. Through this system, the excess heat of summer can be held until the next winter season. This leads to an energy saving of some 70 to 80%.

    • Used Materials

      (FCS) wood, glass, steel, flax, limestone, rubble granulate

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  • Air System

    • ⁂ Enhance Air Quality and Indoor Climate ()
    • ⁂ Integrate Renewable Energy
    • ⁂ CO2 ventilation
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    • Positive Impact

      At the NIOO we use hybrid ventilation. All offices have natural ventilation and you can just open the window.
      Fresh outside air is sucked in and blown out again through the air handling system.
      At low temperatures or high winds the windows are closed. At that time, the system switches to mechanical supply of fresh ventilation air through an air handling unit. Obviously, this takes back heat to save energy.
      The CO2 control ventilation system is working only when it's needed: when there are more people in a room a the there concentration of CO2 is higher. The system automatically start to ventilate.

    • Benefits

      Working in an eco-effective and controlled energy building, Where it's enjoyable to work with fresh air and good light.

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Delights


    There are no delights in this project.


Approved on:

NIOO-KNAW

Droevendaalsesteeg 10, 6708 PB Wageningen, Nederland