SGS Search Shares its Innovative Approach to Energy Positive Buildings
SGS Search, which was acquired by the SGS Group in 2013, first came across research which indicated that the typical lifespan of an office building was 40 years, and that the lifespan of office furniture and fixtures averaged just five years.
It also showed that the lifespan of office furniture and fixtures averaged just five years. These facts, coupled with a necessity for our growing business to expand our building space to accommodate more people, we felt inspired to create two new offices (one in Amsterdam and one in Heeswijk) that would embody the principles of the ‘cradle to cradle’ philosophy. In short, our vision was to create buildings that would produce rather than consume energy, and remain beautiful and sustainable rather than generate and contribute waste.
We looked at every aspect of building design to ensure optimum self-sufficiency, from using FSC-certified building panels that can be assembled and disassembled without losing quality and without the need for nails, installing on-site wind turbines and an energy roof with PV cells to generate electricity and hot water. We installed triple glazing, wood fiber insulation, and heat recovery and thermal energy storage systems. Our office building in Amsterdam even uses wooden panels to envelope the entire building at night, re-uses rain water and uses recycled and re-usable interior building components.
We are proud to have two of the most sustainable buildings in the Netherlands, which feature wind turbines and roof PV panels to generate a proportion of the electricity consumed by our offices. In addition, the buildings boast many sustainable features, such as FSC-certified wooden building panels, which are constructed without nails and which can be disassembled for re-use; triple glazed windows, wooden fiber insulation, heat recovery and thermal energy storage systems, and re-used or re-usable materials, such as prefabricated concrete and wood. In addition, our building in Amsterdam uses wooden panels to fully enclose the building at night, and re-uses rainwater via a grey water circuit. Inside, both buildings use components made from re-used and re-usable materials.
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