In recent years Royal HaskoningDHV has been involved in research on future-proof energy consumption in the Netherlands. It has resulted in contributing to the Paris proof standard, which is the maximum energy consumption per square metre, based on the country’s potential for on and off-shore renewable energy generation. It ensures the total energy used is balanced with the renewable energy generated. 

Integrated design effort

An integrated design team has been working on the plan for our new office which retains the character and detailing of the historic building, while offering all the facilities and comfort of a modern office. It delivers the required energy consumption through design interventions which include covering the inner courtyard to reduce the external wall area, optimise isolation values, and to create extra surfaces for integrated PV panels. Smart design, combined with the latest building technologies, have transformed the historic building into a future-proof office environment. 

Holistic view on materials

The project contributes to the circular economy by using what is already there instead of building a new office from scratch. We sought to only add materials where necessary, and to use the existing structure of the building in an optimal way. The design team shared a common purpose: retain as much, and add as little, as possible. 

Positive impact and innovation

The transformation of this building makes a valuable contribution to a future-proof built environment. It avoids waste and resource depletion. The new office already exudes innovation and will provide a living canvas for future innovations. 

The location was chosen for its proximity to Delft University and surrounding companies. It is conveniently placed for attracting young talent to internships and research projects. It will help support collaboration on innovations in the built environment with dynamic companies on the campus. It supports us in our commitment to enhance society together.