Gallery: BP’s Green-Roofed Refinery Office in The Netherlands is Explos...

Whatever your feelings about BP as a company are, keep an open mind while reading about their refinery office building in Rotterdam. Tucked under a green-roofed, man-made dune, the four-story office building takes advantage of the insulating properties of the earth and uses the dune as a shield against potential refinery explosions (yikes!). Rotterdam-based Group A designed the structure to meet the objectives of the oil producing company, which included "providing a sustainable, safe and healthy working environment for the dedicated staff." Daylighting, passive solar design and a highly insulated facade are included in the green building strategies for the youngest and largest oil refinery in The Netherlands.

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  1. reet November 3, 2011 at 2:33 am

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  2. anothervoice October 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Explosion proof refinery building.

    Sounds like a vote of confidence to me.

  3. Green Joy October 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Group A did a fantastic job incorporating the structure with the local terrain creating a seamless design. Once again, sustainable design proves its usefulness by reducing utility costs of that facility by keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer, plus the additional safety features makes me love that style even more. It is really great whenever big corporations, especially companies such as BP, incorporate Green features in their facilities.

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)

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