7 municipal buildings, sustainable landmarks in Eindhoven – Netherlands
The municipality of Eindhoven has strong sustainability ambitions that aims at achieving the sustainability of the municipal property. Eindhoven has set the ambition in 2008 to become “energy neutral” in the period 2035-2045. Energy-neutral means: all energy used by the city is generated through renewable sources. In addition, in early 2016, the city council stated in the ‘Climate Regulation Municipality of Eindhoven 2016’ that CO2 emissions from the city should be reduced by 55% by 2030 and 95% by 2050 compared to 1990.
How do you want to achieve that? Among other things, by encouraging energy savings in business and building sustainable energy plants like dozens of solar cases (400,000 solar panels until 2030), some windmills and an additional biomass facility.
Initially, the ambition was to get the total real estate portfolio at energy-neutral level by 2025. Eindhoven made a scan of a total portfolio into a core portfolio (criteria: ownership, long-term in use, economically responsible for investing). This core portfolio of approximately 150 properties must be fully preserved in 2026.150 municipal buildings must be fully preserved in 2027.
The tendering of its own housing facilities has been developed in an innovative way.
Eindhoven, which currently owns 800 real estate assets, made a first step by designating seven ‘landmarks’ for sustainability. These are the following premises: Design house; Van Abbemuseum, Stadskantoor, Stadhuislaag (Town Hall), Stadhuisoog (Stadhuistoren), NRE building and Mercado building.
The municipality decides to interview various entrepreneurs from the construction and financial sector in terms of sustainability. From that market exploration, three conclusions follow: look at the longer term, take care of a system approach and work together in a different way. One chose a so-called co-creation method in collaboration with the market. After a first selection from 400 companies, 200 more companies remain. The municipality organizes a matchmaking event where participants can pitch their ideas, but also urgently asks to make mutual alliances with other participants. In total, 400 companies came with about 200 ideas. The contract is won by the consortium! MPULS, a collaboration between the Brink Group, DOOR Architects / Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau, DWA, Kuijpers and Laudy Bouw & Ontwikkeling.
Eindhoven commits the market consortium for the next 10 years to the sustainable renovation and maintenance of 7 municipal buildings with an optional extension of 5 years. Over a period of fifteen years the project amount is 72 million euros. In March 2017, after 3.5 years of preparation, the renovation began.
The contract embraces a period of 10 years for the permanent renovation and maintenance of with an optional extension of 5 years. A grasp of ambitions and appointments:
• Central office (Residential area) moves to the City Hall; The Stadhuistoren is designed for official housing and a Living Lab on two floors, where local SME companies can show innovations.
• 95 percent reuse of the demolition material during renovation according to the principle of sustainability method The Natural Step.
• 30% lower energy and water consumption
• 10% lower maintenance costs
• Living lab with specially developed Smart Climate Ceilings for air, light, heat, cold, acoustics and user interventions
• Smart and interactive building monitoring
• Comfort management: user satisfaction must be at least 7.5
• Green and watery area (‘green & blue spots’)
• Mission of ambassadors to promote sustainability within and outside the municipal organization
• 150 charging points for electric bikes