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Rijkswaterstaat: Dutch Public Works Bureau Unveils Groundbreaking Green Office
At the north end the building features a light wooden construction, which allows for flexibility, openness and more daylighting. Wavy wooden beams recall the path of water and large windows open the space up. Up on the roof, a glass box surrounds a living wall and a green roof terrace provides a place to gather.
Inside, the office is constructed with prefabricated wall, ceiling and floor panels (with integrated conduits for utilities), which helped speed the construction process along. The wooden floor also serves as a ceiling, which saves on materials, and a Climalevel system provides fresh air for the offices. The office also makes use of thermal energy storage, roof-mounted solar panels, and FSC-certified wood. In the end, the district offices achieved a class A level in the GreenCalc rating system and could be classified with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
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