Construction of Mediavaert with a focus on sustainability, biodiversity, and energy consumption
In 2024, DPG Media will occupy a new office building in Amsterdam-Duivendrecht: Mediavaert. The design and construction of Mediavaert adhere to the highest quality standards in terms of sustainability and a healthy working environment. DPG Media has received the BREEAM certification with the 'Excellent' label, one of the highest achievable certifications. Thus, Mediavaert sets an example in the field of sustainability and energy consumption.
Sustainable choices in building design
The building design emphasizes a sustainable and healthy working environment with ample daylight and multiple green areas both on and around the building. An essential aspect of the design is the use of wood. With a surface area of approximately 46,000 square meters, Mediavaert will become the largest timber-hybrid building in Europe.
The majority of the structure, including columns and ceilings, will be constructed using wood, amounting to over 6,500 cubic meters. Cross-laminated timber will be used for the floors, and laminated columns and beams will be utilized. These consist of multiple layers of wood glued together with environmentally friendly adhesive. Cross-laminated timber is carbon negative as it continues to store CO2 within the wood. Moreover, wood construction also reduces the transportation of machinery and loose materials to the construction site, as most of the production work is carried out in factories.
Green spaces within, on, and around the building play a significant role. Lower-level rooftop terraces create a green belt surrounding the building and are adorned with vegetation that enhances biodiversity in the area. The landscape design surrounding the building incorporates plantings that attract various types of flora and endangered fauna.
Due to increased and heavier rainfall, two measures have been implemented for water storage at Mediavaert. A water collection system around the building temporarily retains rainwater until the sewer system can handle the excess water. The systems are located beneath the vegetation, allowing the stored rainwater to contribute to sustainable planting and a greater diversity of vegetation. Water-saving toilets, faucets, and showers are also installed within the building.
Solar panels on the roof generate a significant amount of sustainable energy, providing electricity equivalent to approximately 75 households per year. The remaining required electricity will be sourced from certified green energy generated in the Netherlands. The building incorporates a heat and cold storage system, eliminating the need for a gas connection and ensuring it operates entirely free from fossil fuels.