It is called ‘The Edge’ and is located in the business district of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands
The Edge -a 40,000m² office building- may be the world's most sustainable and 'smartest' one, able to constantly monitor its energy consumption and adapt through new technologies and innovation. It was designed for the global financial firm and main tenant, Deloitte, by London-based architects PLP Architecture and the project was developed by Dutch firm OVG.
In December 2014, the Edge received the highest ever BREEAM score (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) which has become the de facto test for sustainability in buildings: an outstanding 98.36% rating. The building was also awarded the BREEAM Award for Offices New Construction in 2016, and won the public vote for the prestigious Your BREEAM Award.
Here are some of the building’s innovations
· ‘Smart’ ceilings, embedded with 28,000 sensors, continuously measure temperature, light, motion and humidity, allowing the building to automatically adjust energy use.
· There is ‘smart’ lighting - each one of the LED panels is ultra-efficient and requires only a tiny amount of electricity.
· Employees are able to control the temperature, lighting and blinds via a series of apps on their smart phones, as well as to book meeting rooms, open lockers and check in to their desks.
· The roof and the south-facing facade incorporate the largest array of photovoltaic panels of any European office building.
· The rain water collected on the roof is used to flush toilets and irrigate the green terraces in the atrium and other garden areas surrounding the building.
· An aquifer thermal energy storage system (with two 129m deep wells) allows thermal energy differentials to be stored deep underground, providing all of the energy required for heating and cooling. A heat-pump was also applied to this storage system to increase efficiency.
· The greenspace that separates the building from the nearby motorway acts as an ecological corridor, allowing animals and insects cross the site safely.
An informative video on the Edge follows: