This logistics warehouse in the Dutch city of Tilburg received the highest-ever rating for an industrial building from British sustainability assessors BREEAM, which has assessed more than 500,000 buildings in over 70 countries to look at green credentials. Over 13,000 solar panels cover the roof producing enough power not only for the building but also to supply the country’s general supply lines , powering approximately 750 households per year.
The premises are completely airtight, therefore no heat leaks in winter. The roof also houses two large pumps that draw heat from the air outside and use it to keep the inside of the building warm. The sides feature either end huge glass windows, allowing light to flood into the building. Not only is it thought to improve the wellbeing and productivity of workers, by making it a nicer environment, but it means they used 70% less electricity in lighting the premises.
The building is owned by the Dutch arm of Rhenus, a multi-billion pound logistics firm with 660 buildings and 31,000 employees worldwide.