Sustainable buildings

Sustainability is a key consideration for the design and construction of new commercial buildings and one that will also play a large role when specifying for commercial refurbishment projects.

Our blogs covering sustainability and BREEAM within the commercial sector will help guide and inspire your design decisions as well as informing you of crucial requirements that may need consideration.

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Buiten de Veste' school in Steenbergen, The Netherlands

All over the world, natural daylight has been exchanged for artificial light forms at the expense of our health and even productivity. With better building design, though, we can reclaim the daylight and improve well-being and performance.

Hessenwaldschule with daylight

How do you design and operate a healthy building? Answers to these questions can be found in an increasing number of methodologies and rating schemes that have seen the light around the world in recent years. They all share the ambition to strengthen the health and well-being of building users. Yet, they vary widely in terms of their overall scope, the metrics they use as proof of performance, and the weight that they put on the different phases in a building’s life cycle. The following chronological overview presents a selection of the most important and forward-looking tools, as well as their underlying methodologies.

Hessenwaldschule featuring VELUX Modular Skylights

Hessenwald School in Weiterstadt, Germany, is an example of energy-efficient, contemporary architecture that offers a new teaching and pedagogical model. At the centre of both model and building stands a well-lit and well-ventilated three-storey atrium.