CTPark Amsterdam City is designed to shorten the last mile to and from Amsterdam. Strategically located in the economic heart of the Netherlands, it is the solution to the increasing congestion and lack of space in and around our capital city. With over 220,000M2 of sustainable total solutions, users have all the freedom to choose the space they need. CTPark Amsterdam City features a very spacious two-level distribution hall, mezzanine, high-quality office space and ADR storage. It also offers space for 1,600 covered parking spaces, 121 loading and unloading docks for trucks, 79 loading and unloading docks for vans and a private quay. CTPark Amsterdam City sets the tone in terms of sustainability by offering users all facilities for 100% emission-free logistics. For maximum sustainability, solar panels and wind turbines will be realized on the site. It is located near Amsterdam Center, accessible via the North Sea Canal and directly accessed by the A10 (3 min.)
Corporate social responsibility is a high priority for this project. It was therefore decided to set up the new building using the BREEAM methodology. BREEAM is a methodology to assess the sustainability performance of real estate. By measuring the design against this bar and building according to these standards, we create a more sustainable built environment. This benefits users, as well as society and the environment. BREEAM has a qualitative weighting of 1 to 5 stars. For this building, the ambition is to achieve 4 stars. Realising these plans requires the necessary design measures and knowledge of the BREEAM methodology. Through measures on 9 chapters within the BREEAM-NL system, the aim is to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. This rating is achieved by scoring points within these 9 sections of BREEAM. The total score for this must be at least 70%. This target is achieved by having the entire construction meet the credit requirements. In order to achieve BREEAM certification, W4Y Advisors was engaged to advise, direct and guide as a “BREEAM expert”. By now, W4Y Advisors has the necessary experience in realising BREEAM-certified new-build projects. This allows usefulness and necessity to be separated more quickly together with the client. Extensive experience with quick scans provides very reliable insights. Cost-benefit analysis of both internal and external costs is deployed earlier and earlier in the process and its accuracy is increasing. Through greening by obtaining the ‘Excellent’ BREEAM certificate, we have contributed to a higher market value for the realised real estate. Naturally, the knowledge gained on BREEAM also has a distinctive value for other parties in the construction process.
Below is a summary of the BREEAM credits provided in the design. When these credits are implemented in a manner approved by the assessor, this will result in a score of 4 stars. For the exact content of these credits, please refer to the BRL BREEAM-NL New Build 2014 v2.
Expected energy consumption
By installing charging stations for electric cars, installing energy-efficient LED lighting, using water-saving measures to reduce flushing water for toilets, installing an energy management system with a heat pump system, we aim to realise an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building. In addition, CTPark Amsterdam City wants to build a distribution centre that is comfortable and healthy for the user. Indeed, very high demands are made on thermal comfort, high-frequency lighting, extra attention to views and accessibility. In addition, we ensure that no volatile organic compounds are used. Furthermore, in the context of safety, a transport plan is drawn up, taking into account the separation of pedestrian and transport movements in and around the distribution centre. We also pay a lot of attention to sustainability during construction. We aim for the lowest possible energy and water consumption, apply extensive waste separation and, when purchasing materials, also look for demonstrably responsible origins and transport movements. In addition, we consciously take the environment into account and ensure that nuisance is kept to a minimum and that there is clear communication about what work is taking place and when.
Reducing environmental impact
The environmental impact has already been significantly reduced by reducing energy consumption and therefore CO2 emissions. But all water-saving devices such as toilets, showers and taps also deliver significant savings on water consumption. In addition, all flows are fitted with extra intermediate meters so that extra insight is gained into the consumption pattern and can be easily adjusted. But reducing environmental impact does not only take place in the building, also during the construction process. The parties involved must meet high waste separation requirements on the building site in order to reduce the environmental impact during the construction process as well.
Innovative and environmentally friendly design
The new building features the following notable sustainable design measures:
- energy-efficient LED lighting;
- high insulation values for roof and facades to minimise energy losses;
- water-saving measures: all toilets max 6 litres per flush, all taps max 6l/min, all showers max 9l/min and at least 50% of the men’s toilets are urinals;
- metering of individual energy and water flows;
- PV system on the roof
Environmentally friendly construction
The new building will be realised in steel construction. Besides efficient construction and waste reduction through this clean construction method (large proportion of prefabricated building components), waste will be separated into at least six streams. Waste separation and reduction are components of the Smart Waste Management Plan drawn up by the construction team. In addition, a work plan has been drawn up to further reduce the environmental impact of the construction site. The work plan includes several measures to this end. Examples of intended goals include limiting CO2 emissions due to transport on the construction site, limiting water consumption, minimising air and groundwater pollution. Implications of the project for the ecology of the planning area have also been taken into account in the planning. Measures will be taken that facilitate co-use of species tables 2 and/or 3 of the AMvB of the Flora and Fauna Act.
Costs / benefits
Investments in heat pumps, building management system, better insulation and responsible building materials, among others, lead to lower energy costs and a healthier indoor climate.
Tips for next project
At this stage, it is too early for learning points during the process. These will follow on completion. Tips are above all: start the BREEAM process and properly record the agreements with the parties involved. In addition, an experienced BREEAM expert is a real added value, ensuring that the project is actually realised without loss of points.
Personal attention to future users
The future user may be closely involved in the creation of the design. This translates into being present at design meetings and being an essential part of the design team. This allows the building to be optimally tailored to their needs. Even during construction, the user can remain involved as part of the construction team. Version: 1.1 June 2021