CoreNet Global, - the world’s leading association for corporate real estate - announced that OVG Real Estate was the winner of the annual Sustainable Leadership Award, presented during the Opening Session of the CoreNet Global Summit at the San Diego Convention Center last Monday.
The TNT Center in the Netherlands, developed by a consortium formed of OVG Real Estate and Triodos Bank, was awarded ‘The Sustainable Leadership Award for Design and Development’. The jury praised the TNT Center as an outstanding project and a great start to future endeavors in this area. The project received top marks for the collaboration approach, being energy-productive on-site in a sustainable matter and sharing surplus heat with neighbors in the area.
“Globally, the corporate real estate community continues to innovate at an accelerating pace to meet enterprise-wide demands for greater profitability, accountability, social responsibility and sustainability,” said CoreNet Global CEO Angela Cain. “We want to recognize industry leaders for the steps they are taking in breaking new ground and advancing corporate real estate thought leadership.”
Designed by Dutch architects Paul de Ruiter and Odette Ex, the building sets a standard for environmental design, construction and operation. Deerns was responsible for the technical lay-out of the building.
According to sustainability standards, it is the most sustainable office in Europe. The building was designed with innovative technologies in light, ventilation, and recycled materials to minimize energy consumption. The surplus heat in the summer and the surplus cold in the winter are stored in water-bearing layers in the ground and are being reused in the opposite seasons. The minimum of energy that is needed, is produced on site by a combined heat and power plant, running on second generation bio fuels (BioCHP). The extra heat produced by BioCHP on site, is used to supply surrounding buildings, turning the TNT Center into an energy positive building. The building is certified ‘Platinum’, the highest environmental rating under the LEED New Construction designation (v2.2.).