We see durability as self-evident. For us, it represents a logical framework of consideration within which we make project choices. After all, it's about finding a balance between considerations in social (functionality, safety, health and comfort), cultural (spatial integration, image quality and future-proofing), ecological (consumption of energy, material and water) and economic terms.
We see specific project conditions and constraints such as the location, the programme and, for instance, phaseability and flexibility as opportunities for us to anchor the durability ambition in a concept. So that this ambition is already a 'hard' principle during further development of the design. Durability is more than just the sum of technological applications!
JHK Architecten has been associated with the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) as a participant since May 2010. The DGBC is an independent non-profit organization that aims to achieve lasting quantifiable preservation of the built environment in the Netherlands. The organization has developed the BREEAM-NL mark of quality for the assessment of buildings (new-build and existing) and areas with regard to durability.
Two of our employees have been trained as BREEAM-NL New-build Experts. As Experts, they are capable of determining the level of ambition with regard to durability, providing advice about whether or not to opt for certification and managing the certification process.
The masterplan for the Philips High Tech Campus Eindhoven was recognized with the Business Building Golden Green Award in the category ‘Durable area development’.