Siemens Nederland has received the LEED Platinum certificate for the large-scale renovation of the early 90s ‘Siemens office’ in the Beatrix district in The Hague. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
LEED is the internationally accepted rating system that assesses buildings on the sustainable qualities of their design, realisation and maintenance. The renovation, under the direction of Siemens, was completed this summer and carried out by the construction company BAM, together with JHK Architects and Deerns. The building is equipped with state-of-the-art Siemens products, switchgear and systems for comfort, security (access control, evacuation and intrusion prevention), fire safety and energy management.
‘The LEED Platinum certificate is the culmination of the hard work carried out by all parties involved in this unique renovation project and guarantees future ‘occupants’ a comfortable and sustainable workplace’, says Ab van der Touw, Chairman of the Board of Siemens Nederland. ‘It fits perfectly with the aim of Siemens to be climate neutral in 2030.’
The office complex in the Beatrix district in The Hague consists of two parts. Earlier this year, the renovation of the first part was awarded the LEED Gold certificate. This building, which dates back to the 1970s, houses the head office of Siemens Nederland. The adjacent building, which has now obtained the LEED Platinum status, will become the European head office of the international engineering firm Jacobs at the beginning of next year.
Deerns has provided consultancy services concerning energy-efficient lighting with presence detection and daylight sensors. The building is connected to the district heating network. Among other things, these measures have led to a 40% reduction in energy consumption compared to the LEED standard. Sustainable materials were used for the renovation: the building shell and all the floors were reused, 15% of the used material was recycled material, 60% of the used material came from the region. The installation of water-saving plumbing fixtures will realise water savings of 36% compared to the LEED standard.4 October 2016