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Energy Academy Europe’s sustainable education building nominated for international BREEAM Awards

12 January 2017
Energy Academy Europe’s sustainable education building nominated for international BREEAM Awards

On 7 March, in London, it will be announced whether the new Energy Academy Europe building has won a BREEAM Awards 2017. The newest addition to the Zernike Campus Groningen has been nominated in the category ‘Mixed Use & Other’. The nomination underlines the fact that Groningen now has a particularly sustainable and ambitious building. Its smart design will keep its energy requirements low; the building will even be able to produce more energy than it uses. The Energy Academy Europe building becomes the most sustainable educational building in the Netherlands.

Highest BREEAM score

The building has been labelled ‘BREAAM-NL Outstanding’, the highest possible category. BREEAM is a way of building sustainably where the toll on the environment is kept as low as possible and a healthy working and living environment is stimulated. During the design phase of the Energy Academy Europe, much effort has been put into energy-saving measures. This involved keeping the demand for energy low on the one hand, and making maximum use of natural sources of energy such as sun, earth, air and water on the other hand.

Energy of the future

In the Energy Academy Europe building - completed in October 2016 – collaborating parties are working on the transition to the energy of the future. These are the University of Groningen with the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG), the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, Energy Academy Europe, Energy Valley and the Energy Delta Institute.

This project is co-financed by the Northern Netherlands Provinces alliance (SNN), the Ruimtelijk Economisch Programma and by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The building is realized with the help of:

Building and construction: Bouwcombinatie Friso-Koopmans
Technical services: ENGIE
Heat pump system: UNICA
Laboratories: Wesemann
Solar panels (to be mounted): One Solar
Architecture: Broekbakema i.s.m. De Unie architecten (formerly pvanb architecten)
Installation consultancy: ARUP
Construction:        Wassenaar
Laboratory consultancy: dr. heinekamp
Building Physics and Fire Safety: DGMR
Expert Breeam: DGMR
Management: ICS adviseurs
BREEAM Assessor:   BenR

More information
More information about the design and details of the progress of the building work are available on or .

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