New DSM Laboratory an Icon of Innovation and Sustainability

The new Research & Development centre, part of the DSM Biotechnology Center (DBC) in Delft, is set to become the figurehead of DSM’s biotechnology campus. The research centre strikes a perfect balance between sustainability, compactness, functionality, ease of use and maintenance, flexibility and design. From the autumn of 2016, all DSM’s biotechnology research will be conducted in this new state-of-the-art building. 

The new R&D centre, with laboratories and offices, replaces the current building, which has become obsolete and no longer meets today’s requirements and needs. ‘The new R&D centre is a direct exponent of the innovative image DSM wants to emanate,’ notes Rob van Steenbergen, Project Manager at DSM.

BREEAM Very Good

The laboratory has been created in the spirit of BREEAM-NL Very Good. The transparent facade, which ensures daylight, is one of the visible exponents of its high sustainability performance. At least as effective are the invisible measures, such as heating of the steam grid, the heat recovery systems, the LED lighting, the presence detectors in all areas to prevent any unnecessary energy consumption, the dry coolers for the cooling, the separate meters for all energy circuits, the use of cradle-to-cradle materials and the filters, which ensure that the gases and fumes from the laboratory tests are clean when they reach the outside. Ton Blommers, Project Manager at Deerns: ‘Bundling, centralising and attuning systems to each other optimally has created a building that is energy-saving, that can be maintained efficiently and where thanks to the individual energy metering, energy consumption can be managed optimally.’ Plenty of energy is also saved thanks to the building’s compact dimensions (13,000m² of surface area over four construction levels). The system design is prepared for future changes, such as new research, processes and equipment. By incorporating facilities into the design in advance, they will be available immediately as soon as they are needed.

Research Areas Structurally Separated

To meet the ML-I regulations for laboratories, the research areas have been separated structurally from the other areas, and can only be reached through locks. Air treatment for the research areas runs through separate circuits. Gases and fumes are extracted separately, and are emitted into the atmosphere through a filter system as clean air. Rob van Steenbergen, Project Manager at DSM: ‘All issues involving risk have been mapped out and equipped with effective measures. They have then been created, tested, checked and certified, so that with a clear conscience we can say soon to our people: this building is safe, step inside.’

31 May 2016

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