In the Netherlands, UPC's new office building in Leeuwarden is making a significant contribution to our Dutch target to reduce emissions by 30% by 2020. The building has been awarded an "Excellent" rating by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and is a leading example of green building design in the Netherlands.
As well as rainwater harvesting, the building makes use of natural light via two central atria and high windows throughout. Sun protection features ensure that natural heat is retained in the winter, while the ground source heat exchange cooling system avoids the need for air conditioning in summer.
The offices have also been innovatively designed to minimize interior wall space and reduce heat loss, while deploying state-of-the-art insulation. When heating is required, this is sourced from geothermal heat pumps, together with rooftop solar panels.