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A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary?
Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) at sea is slowly but surely coming into the picture again as a future perspective for aviation. The public debate about the future of Schiphol has completely erupted again. Local residents’ associations and D66 (political party) suggest that Schiphol at sea is a solution for stranded Schiphol. Schiphol Airport Cutting Edge As a vital hub in international aviation, Schiphol Airport has offered excellent accessibility to business people and tourists over the years, steadily benefiting the employment and economic growth of the Netherlands. However, it is predicted that the number of air travellers will continue to grow in the near future. In order to maintain Schiphol’s current ‘hub position’, the airport will have to increase its capacity to cater for the needs of travellers. In addition to improving service systems inside the airport, infrastructure surrounding the airport such as stations, parking spaces and roads must also be enlarged. For this to happen, space is needed, but where to find the space? How about space on water? What does Schiphol mean? There are several legends about the name 'Schiphol' Consequently, this place became known as: 'Schip Holl' or 'Scheepshol'. 'Schip' and 'Scheep' meaning 'ship', and 'hol' meaning 'grave' in this context. Another explanation is that the name comes from the word 'scheepshaal'. Schiphol's name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol, which was part of theStelling van Amsterdam defence works. Before 1852, theHaarlemmermeer polder in which the airport lies was a large lake with some shallow areas. There are multiple stories of how the place got its name. A Floating Airport: Radical Solutions Technically, socially and legally, it is possible. The integral social cost-benefit analysis will be beneficial.  Is Schiphol airport below sea level? -3 m                                                                  World's First Floating City Documentary                                                    A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary? On May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy gave his famous Moon Shot Speech: "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." The rest is history and the U.S.A. is still revelling in its accomplishment. Recommended:  Climate Change Dodgy Politicians And Lobbyists Match Badly Google successfully uses the moon-shot strategy. The core of this strategy and its operations is simple: think of a major problem in the medium-long term, think of radical solutions and use ground-breaking knowledge. Reasoned attempts is about trial and error. We do not solve new problems with conventional solutions. Based on a growth strategy, maintaining Schiphol Airport in the Haarlemmermeer (municipality in the south of the Dutch province of Noord-Holland) is not an option in the longer term. Noise pollution, fuel tanks, congestion and so on lead to public uproar and riots. ‘It is the economy, stupid’ will not always apply. Slowing down is an expensive economic and political cost. The growth of the national aviation sector is only possible if a radically innovative solution is chosen. Aviation must be CO2 neutral and not cause any inconvenience. The water offers unprecedented opportunities for this. Recommended:  CO2 Absorption: Does A Dutch Professor Have The Answer? By placing an airport at sea, the flight paths can also largely take place over the sea and do not cause any inconvenience. Around the floating airport, enough biofuels can be produced by means of floating algae and seaweed plantations to fuel the Schiphol fleet. Recommended: Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows  CO2  Faster Than Trees! How? Why float and not land reclamation? Research with underwater drones shows that ecology remains under floating platforms and sometimes even strengthened. In the case of land reclamation, the aquatic ecology disappears. With a floating airport you also retain the flexibility to move further in the future. After all, Schiphol Airport was once also a sea, so who knows what needs will exist in future? Finally, a floating airport adapts to rising sea levels and is therefore a climate-adaptive solution. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming Deep At Sea In Italy Floating Schiphol can be connected to Amsterdam and Rotterdam with lightning fast connections with a travel time of less than 20 minutes. An example of such a connection based on vacuum tubes is the Hyperloop system. This is an initiative of Tesla boss Elon Musk, where TU Delft is working on. Recommended:  Sustainable Travel With Elon Musk’s Hyperloop The Boring Company Around Schiphol, other functions can be added such as artificial reefs, energy storage and logistics. This creates an iconic project in which the Netherlands can put itself on the map internationally as a water and innovation country. The Netherlands: Testbed For Floating Developments In the Netherlands we realized already floating projects, the most iconic example is the floating pavilion in Rotterdam. The floating pavilion is a pilot for building on water as a first step towards floating urbanization. What are dikes and polders? A polder (Dutch pronunciation: (ˈpɔldər) is a low-lying tract of land that forms an artificial hydrological entity, enclosed by embankments known as dikes. Flood plains separated from the sea or river by a dike. The urban development in unprotected areas outside the dikes is of major importance to cities like Rotterdam (largest harbour in Europe). With this project the municipality of Rotterdam took a pioneering role in climate adaption and delta technology. The floating pavilion demonstrates how cities can pro-actively adapt to the effects of climate change. In cooperation with InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Blue21 (global leading expert in floating architecture and urban development) developed a masterplan for redevelopment of the Rijnhaven harbor. It combines many floating building blocks that already exist. Like floating houses, floating wetlands, breakwaters and roads. The Rijnhaven is an ideal playground for floating. Floating trees Rijnhaven Harbour Rotterdam, Netherlands At the moment the redevelopment of the Rijnhaven is just a plan. But if we take climate change serious and care about the wellbeing of people and our planet, then we need to take action now. Plans like these are a stepping stone for floating urbanization and sustainable projects to save our oceans, the planet and the lives of people. New developments and initiatives that improve the quality of life can be commercially attractive at the same time! Floating Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary Urbanization 2030 - 2050 What does it mean to be a visionary? A visionary is someone with a strong vision of the future. Since such visions aren't always accurate, a visionary's ideas may either work brilliantly or fail miserably. The word is also an adjective; thus, for example, we may speak of a visionary project, a visionary leader, a visionary painter, or a visionary company. Development of floating neighbourhoods and floating cities are a unique opportunity for the Netherlands to become a world leader in floating developments. As an early adapter we can create a competitive advantage over other countries and companies in the world. Dutch floating developments can become an export product by which we are going to write history and save people, our oceans and our planet at the same time. Although it is technically feasible to build large floating structures on the sea, it is commercially more attractive to expand the land to floating islands in densely populated areas.                                 Seasteading: Floating libertarian city coming soon to French Polynesia - TomoNews                                                       A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary? Once we have realized floating neighbourhoods in sheltered areas and near high value locations like large cities, it is our ambition to build the first environmentally friendly floating city on the sea. In 2050 the world will look completely different than today. By then, the first floating city in the ocean may have been built and could look like this:  We can save our oceans, we can save our planet and we can improve our quality of live, all at the same time. These floating developments are not science fiction, it is technically feasible and it is already happening. However, to meet the global challenges we are currently facing we don’t have a lot of time… 2050 is closer than we think. Floating city: Plan for 40,000 people to live on the high seas. A Florida-based firm wants to create a 'community on the sea' which would circle the globe every two years Floating developments could save the lives of people in low lying areas like coastal cities and island communities. It provides space for the growing world population. And at the same time, it can produce food and energy in a renewable and sustainable way. References: Jan van Kessel, Barbara, Vicky, David, Harriet, Bart, Karina and Rutger at Blue21 Richard Gray, How can we manage Earth’s land? BBC, 29 June 2017 Joe McCarthy, The Planet Will Face Major Water Shortages by 2050, UN Chief Warns. Global Citizen, 8 June 2017 NU / AT5, Nog ruim 42.000 woningen tekort in regio Amsterdam. 11 February 2019 Joe Quirk, The future of floating cities. World’s Fair Nano Future Festival, 29 March 2018 Before you go! Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) at sea is slowly but surely coming into the picture again as a future perspective for aviation. The public debate about the future of Schiphol has completely erupted again. Local residents’ associations and D66 (political party) suggest that Schiphol at sea is a solution for stranded Schiphol. Schiphol Airport Cutting Edge As a vital hub in international aviation, Schiphol Airport has offered excellent accessibility to business people and tourists over the years, steadily benefiting the employment and economic growth of the Netherlands. However, it is predicted that the number of air travellers will continue to grow in the near future. In order to maintain Schiphol’s current ‘hub position’, the airport will have to increase its capacity to cater for the needs of travellers. In addition to improving service systems inside the airport, infrastructure surrounding the airport such as stations, parking spaces and roads must also be enlarged. For this to happen, space is needed, but where to find the space? How about space on water? What does Schiphol mean? There are several legends about the name 'Schiphol' Consequently, this place became known as: 'Schip Holl' or 'Scheepshol'. 'Schip' and 'Scheep' meaning 'ship', and 'hol' meaning 'grave' in this context. Another explanation is that the name comes from the word 'scheepshaal'. Schiphol's name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol, which was part of theStelling van Amsterdam defence works. Before 1852, theHaarlemmermeer polder in which the airport lies was a large lake with some shallow areas. There are multiple stories of how the place got its name. A Floating Airport: Radical Solutions Technically, socially and legally, it is possible. The integral social cost-benefit analysis will be beneficial.  Is Schiphol airport below sea level? -3 m                                                                  World's First Floating City Documentary                                                    A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary? On May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy gave his famous Moon Shot Speech: "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." The rest is history and the U.S.A. is still revelling in its accomplishment. Recommended:  Climate Change Dodgy Politicians And Lobbyists Match Badly Google successfully uses the moon-shot strategy. The core of this strategy and its operations is simple: think of a major problem in the medium-long term, think of radical solutions and use ground-breaking knowledge. Reasoned attempts is about trial and error. We do not solve new problems with conventional solutions. Based on a growth strategy, maintaining Schiphol Airport in the Haarlemmermeer (municipality in the south of the Dutch province of Noord-Holland) is not an option in the longer term. Noise pollution, fuel tanks, congestion and so on lead to public uproar and riots. ‘It is the economy, stupid’ will not always apply. Slowing down is an expensive economic and political cost. The growth of the national aviation sector is only possible if a radically innovative solution is chosen. Aviation must be CO2 neutral and not cause any inconvenience. The water offers unprecedented opportunities for this. Recommended:  CO2 Absorption: Does A Dutch Professor Have The Answer? By placing an airport at sea, the flight paths can also largely take place over the sea and do not cause any inconvenience. Around the floating airport, enough biofuels can be produced by means of floating algae and seaweed plantations to fuel the Schiphol fleet. Recommended: Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows  CO2  Faster Than Trees! How? Why float and not land reclamation? Research with underwater drones shows that ecology remains under floating platforms and sometimes even strengthened. In the case of land reclamation, the aquatic ecology disappears. With a floating airport you also retain the flexibility to move further in the future. After all, Schiphol Airport was once also a sea, so who knows what needs will exist in future? Finally, a floating airport adapts to rising sea levels and is therefore a climate-adaptive solution. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming Deep At Sea In Italy Floating Schiphol can be connected to Amsterdam and Rotterdam with lightning fast connections with a travel time of less than 20 minutes. An example of such a connection based on vacuum tubes is the Hyperloop system. This is an initiative of Tesla boss Elon Musk, where TU Delft is working on. Recommended:  Sustainable Travel With Elon Musk’s Hyperloop The Boring Company Around Schiphol, other functions can be added such as artificial reefs, energy storage and logistics. This creates an iconic project in which the Netherlands can put itself on the map internationally as a water and innovation country. The Netherlands: Testbed For Floating Developments In the Netherlands we realized already floating projects, the most iconic example is the floating pavilion in Rotterdam. The floating pavilion is a pilot for building on water as a first step towards floating urbanization. What are dikes and polders? A polder (Dutch pronunciation: (ˈpɔldər) is a low-lying tract of land that forms an artificial hydrological entity, enclosed by embankments known as dikes. Flood plains separated from the sea or river by a dike. The urban development in unprotected areas outside the dikes is of major importance to cities like Rotterdam (largest harbour in Europe). With this project the municipality of Rotterdam took a pioneering role in climate adaption and delta technology. The floating pavilion demonstrates how cities can pro-actively adapt to the effects of climate change. In cooperation with InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Blue21 (global leading expert in floating architecture and urban development) developed a masterplan for redevelopment of the Rijnhaven harbor. It combines many floating building blocks that already exist. Like floating houses, floating wetlands, breakwaters and roads. The Rijnhaven is an ideal playground for floating. Floating trees Rijnhaven Harbour Rotterdam, Netherlands At the moment the redevelopment of the Rijnhaven is just a plan. But if we take climate change serious and care about the wellbeing of people and our planet, then we need to take action now. Plans like these are a stepping stone for floating urbanization and sustainable projects to save our oceans, the planet and the lives of people. New developments and initiatives that improve the quality of life can be commercially attractive at the same time! Floating Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary Urbanization 2030 - 2050 What does it mean to be a visionary? A visionary is someone with a strong vision of the future. Since such visions aren't always accurate, a visionary's ideas may either work brilliantly or fail miserably. The word is also an adjective; thus, for example, we may speak of a visionary project, a visionary leader, a visionary painter, or a visionary company. Development of floating neighbourhoods and floating cities are a unique opportunity for the Netherlands to become a world leader in floating developments. As an early adapter we can create a competitive advantage over other countries and companies in the world. Dutch floating developments can become an export product by which we are going to write history and save people, our oceans and our planet at the same time. Although it is technically feasible to build large floating structures on the sea, it is commercially more attractive to expand the land to floating islands in densely populated areas.                                 Seasteading: Floating libertarian city coming soon to French Polynesia - TomoNews                                                       A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary? Once we have realized floating neighbourhoods in sheltered areas and near high value locations like large cities, it is our ambition to build the first environmentally friendly floating city on the sea. In 2050 the world will look completely different than today. By then, the first floating city in the ocean may have been built and could look like this:  We can save our oceans, we can save our planet and we can improve our quality of live, all at the same time. These floating developments are not science fiction, it is technically feasible and it is already happening. However, to meet the global challenges we are currently facing we don’t have a lot of time… 2050 is closer than we think. Floating city: Plan for 40,000 people to live on the high seas. A Florida-based firm wants to create a 'community on the sea' which would circle the globe every two years Floating developments could save the lives of people in low lying areas like coastal cities and island communities. It provides space for the growing world population. And at the same time, it can produce food and energy in a renewable and sustainable way. References: Jan van Kessel, Barbara, Vicky, David, Harriet, Bart, Karina and Rutger at Blue21 Richard Gray, How can we manage Earth’s land? BBC, 29 June 2017 Joe McCarthy, The Planet Will Face Major Water Shortages by 2050, UN Chief Warns. Global Citizen, 8 June 2017 NU / AT5, Nog ruim 42.000 woningen tekort in regio Amsterdam. 11 February 2019 Joe Quirk, The future of floating cities. World’s Fair Nano Future Festival, 29 March 2018 Before you go! Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary?
A Floating Airport Cutting Edge Madness Or Visionary?
Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
Meet ReGen Villages. A concept for a smart community, based on eco-friendly living, as ideated by a Danish architectural firm. It is meant to actively combat  climate change and wasteful emissions, while living in a greener and more sustainable manner - through the philosophy of going ‘back to the basics’. Smart Communities: What Are Regen Villages? After all, not too long ago, the world was not as connected as it is today. In earlier times, trade was limited to the exchanging of goods between villagers ('I give you fresh meat, if you share your berries with me') or, at the most, between bordering villages. Just the thought of having tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas available to you in Western Europe in the dead of winter, would be nothing short of laughable in medieval times. What does eco living mean? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment (see References 1). This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. Community were built to be self-reliant, rather than reliant on external factors, excessive power demands, and complicated (inter)national trade relations. If something could not be produced or generated, it was simply not available. In essence, this sums up what ReGen Villages are hoping to achieve. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Essentially, ReGen villages aim to be a micro-city, which offer residents the luxury of living in a 'high-tech eco village'. So, back to basics, in a high-tech manner! To reach this unique goal, artificial intelligence is integrated with self-providing systems. As such, this entire community is self-reliant and minimises its waste and energy use. Even if this means converting trash into sources of energy to fuel other projects in the village. And no, this project is not the ambitious dream of a dreamer. Plans for implementing it are in an advanced stage, with the first pilot community planned to be built in the Almere area in the Netherlands at the end of this year. Plans for similar ReGen Villages in Northern Europe, the USA, and even in Asia are well underway as well. So if you are looking to play your part in making the world a better place and always wanted to live in a small-scale, self-sufficient village, this might just be your chance. What is the difference between eco friendly and environmentally friendly? Eco-friendly isn't quite so broad. It means that something doesn't harm the planet. Compared to 'green” and eco-friendly',sustainability has much higher standards. Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn't necessarily mean sustainable. Eco-Living Through Technology: ReGen Villages The Netherlands The Netherlands is set to have the World’s First Self-Sustaining Eco Village near Amsterdam. The world’s first self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: truly the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages.  ReGenVillages, how does this work exactly? This 60-acre village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed! The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighbouring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community centre and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village will take you there. Clever, huh? The construction company ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages and environmental and sustainability issues. This is definitely one way of doing it! ReGenVillages: How much will they cost? Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for around €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain the sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology. When is this new Regen Village coming to Almere? While 203 homes were approved by Almere in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more homes this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020! Click here for more information. What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments! {youtube}                                                       Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology                                                                                  Regen Villages   Eco-Living Through Technology: Agricultural Communes The inventors drew inspiration from the idea of small agriculture communes, that produce all the food that they need. And such initiatives could prove to be very valuable and much needed: one of the greatest threats to our earth is the excessive agriculture, serving to feed billions and billions of people. Resulting in deforestation, scarcity of water, higher CO2 emissions and excessive consumption water and fertiliser. Hence, a huge threat to the wellbeing of our future generations. How can I be eco friendly?  Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Eat less meat Use paper less and recycle more Use canvas bags instead of plastic Start a compost pile or bin Purchase the right light bulb Choose cloth over paper Cut down on energy in your home Borrow instead of buying By combining existing techniques, ReGen Villages will help the environment recover instead of actively destroying it. The small community hosts various buildings that are dedicated to the cultivation of certain vegetables and crops, all grown in a favourable climate through the use of greenhouses. This leads to a quiet and rustic, yet cohesive neighbourhood that feeds its diverse population with organic food, that meets the equally diverse nutritional needs. Eco-Living: Off Grid Sustainable Neighbourhoods The villages will be positively off-grid, cleverly playing in to the ever increasing need of a place to unwind and settle down, in this increasingly noisier and busier time. They are comprised of power positive homes alone, while completely running on renewable energy, employing smart and sustainable water management, and using advanced waste-to-resource systems. All of these systems will continuously be subject to ongoing research to further improve and optimise its efficiency.   For these systems to work smoothly, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things play an important role. Such as for the infrastructure of the community, eventually leading to more energy, water and organic food being produced per household than that it actually uses. The surplus can be exchanged for reduced mortgage payments.   Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Eco Living: Why Should You Join The Waiting List? ReGen is just one of the many eco-village concepts that are popping up left, right and center. Although, as most of these projects are still in the stage of being built, you might not be able to move into one of these communities instantly. But if you are excited and passionate about the concept, you are welcome to join the waiting list for any of the planned communities in your desired country. Why, you ask? Well, for one, living in such a micro-city will ensure that the life of your family does not negatively impact the planet. Such eco villages combine smart living and the technology of smart cities with a higher quality of life and more of that unique community-feel. At the same time, they offer an open platform for more innovation initiatives, especially when it comes to solutions for renewable energy, smart agriculture, and water and waste management. And, even more importantly, a platform that can easily be duplicated.   All of these are arguments that you could use to convince your spouse or significant other to pack your bags, put the house on sale, and secure your spot in a true eco-community. Although they might be more tempted by the stunning house and lack of noisy neighbours that come with the deal. Before you go! Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Meet ReGen Villages. A concept for a smart community, based on eco-friendly living, as ideated by a Danish architectural firm. It is meant to actively combat  climate change and wasteful emissions, while living in a greener and more sustainable manner - through the philosophy of going ‘back to the basics’. Smart Communities: What Are Regen Villages? After all, not too long ago, the world was not as connected as it is today. In earlier times, trade was limited to the exchanging of goods between villagers ('I give you fresh meat, if you share your berries with me') or, at the most, between bordering villages. Just the thought of having tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas available to you in Western Europe in the dead of winter, would be nothing short of laughable in medieval times. What does eco living mean? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment (see References 1). This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. Community were built to be self-reliant, rather than reliant on external factors, excessive power demands, and complicated (inter)national trade relations. If something could not be produced or generated, it was simply not available. In essence, this sums up what ReGen Villages are hoping to achieve. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Essentially, ReGen villages aim to be a micro-city, which offer residents the luxury of living in a 'high-tech eco village'. So, back to basics, in a high-tech manner! To reach this unique goal, artificial intelligence is integrated with self-providing systems. As such, this entire community is self-reliant and minimises its waste and energy use. Even if this means converting trash into sources of energy to fuel other projects in the village. And no, this project is not the ambitious dream of a dreamer. Plans for implementing it are in an advanced stage, with the first pilot community planned to be built in the Almere area in the Netherlands at the end of this year. Plans for similar ReGen Villages in Northern Europe, the USA, and even in Asia are well underway as well. So if you are looking to play your part in making the world a better place and always wanted to live in a small-scale, self-sufficient village, this might just be your chance. What is the difference between eco friendly and environmentally friendly? Eco-friendly isn't quite so broad. It means that something doesn't harm the planet. Compared to 'green” and eco-friendly',sustainability has much higher standards. Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn't necessarily mean sustainable. Eco-Living Through Technology: ReGen Villages The Netherlands The Netherlands is set to have the World’s First Self-Sustaining Eco Village near Amsterdam. The world’s first self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: truly the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages.  ReGenVillages, how does this work exactly? This 60-acre village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed! The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighbouring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community centre and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village will take you there. Clever, huh? The construction company ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages and environmental and sustainability issues. This is definitely one way of doing it! ReGenVillages: How much will they cost? Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for around €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain the sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology. When is this new Regen Village coming to Almere? While 203 homes were approved by Almere in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more homes this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020! Click here for more information. What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments! {youtube}                                                       Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology                                                                                  Regen Villages   Eco-Living Through Technology: Agricultural Communes The inventors drew inspiration from the idea of small agriculture communes, that produce all the food that they need. And such initiatives could prove to be very valuable and much needed: one of the greatest threats to our earth is the excessive agriculture, serving to feed billions and billions of people. Resulting in deforestation, scarcity of water, higher CO2 emissions and excessive consumption water and fertiliser. Hence, a huge threat to the wellbeing of our future generations. How can I be eco friendly?  Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Eat less meat Use paper less and recycle more Use canvas bags instead of plastic Start a compost pile or bin Purchase the right light bulb Choose cloth over paper Cut down on energy in your home Borrow instead of buying By combining existing techniques, ReGen Villages will help the environment recover instead of actively destroying it. The small community hosts various buildings that are dedicated to the cultivation of certain vegetables and crops, all grown in a favourable climate through the use of greenhouses. This leads to a quiet and rustic, yet cohesive neighbourhood that feeds its diverse population with organic food, that meets the equally diverse nutritional needs. Eco-Living: Off Grid Sustainable Neighbourhoods The villages will be positively off-grid, cleverly playing in to the ever increasing need of a place to unwind and settle down, in this increasingly noisier and busier time. They are comprised of power positive homes alone, while completely running on renewable energy, employing smart and sustainable water management, and using advanced waste-to-resource systems. All of these systems will continuously be subject to ongoing research to further improve and optimise its efficiency.   For these systems to work smoothly, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things play an important role. Such as for the infrastructure of the community, eventually leading to more energy, water and organic food being produced per household than that it actually uses. The surplus can be exchanged for reduced mortgage payments.   Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Eco Living: Why Should You Join The Waiting List? ReGen is just one of the many eco-village concepts that are popping up left, right and center. Although, as most of these projects are still in the stage of being built, you might not be able to move into one of these communities instantly. But if you are excited and passionate about the concept, you are welcome to join the waiting list for any of the planned communities in your desired country. Why, you ask? Well, for one, living in such a micro-city will ensure that the life of your family does not negatively impact the planet. Such eco villages combine smart living and the technology of smart cities with a higher quality of life and more of that unique community-feel. At the same time, they offer an open platform for more innovation initiatives, especially when it comes to solutions for renewable energy, smart agriculture, and water and waste management. And, even more importantly, a platform that can easily be duplicated.   All of these are arguments that you could use to convince your spouse or significant other to pack your bags, put the house on sale, and secure your spot in a true eco-community. Although they might be more tempted by the stunning house and lack of noisy neighbours that come with the deal. Before you go! Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
Greenest Buildings In The World: Sustainable Highlights
The battle against global warming must be fought on all fronts. Not only should we be looking at industry action and a radical shift in means of transportation, we also ought to take a good hard look at the way we go about our daily business. At the way our cities are currently organised to not only become ‘smarter’, but also more sustainable.   Under the growing pressure of urbanisation and sharply rising property prices, cities have to find ways of allowing more people to comfortably live in the same area - while decreasing their carbon footprint. A challenge that some are struggling with, while others are tackling it heads-on. One new trend is that of urban gardens and vertical farms, more and more of which are sprouting up in cities worldwide. Architects are quick to jump on this trend as well, and are coming up with increasingly ingenious solutions to make their buildings greener. At times, it looks as if they are locked in a fierce competition to come up with the most striking, the most sustainable, and the most eye-catching design that really makes a green statement.   Ready to get inspired? Then take a look at some of the most publicised or remarkable examples. The Crystal, London, United Kingdom Often hailed as ‘one of the greenest buildings ever built by mankind’, The Crystal is a stunning landmark that cleverly uses natural daylight to significantly cut back on lighting costs. The smart lighting system in place, powered by solar panels, further eliminates unnecessary lighting; integrating LED and fluorescent lights when needed. Serving as the headquarters of telecom-giant Siemens, The Crystal also recycles both rainwater and sewage to generate fresh drinking water.   Pixel Building, Melbourne, Australia The Pixel Building was the first building ever to obtain a perfect Green Star score, setting the benchmark for sustainable architecture in Australia. Not only is it completely carbon-free, in that the carbon generated by the building’s operations are offset by its generation of renewable energy. It is also proud of its carbon-neutral status, having offset the carbon in materials that were used to construct the building. The Change Initiative, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai As one of the world’s leading nations in mind-bending architecture and design, Dubai could not stay behind. After having built some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, The Change Initiative was the next prestige project - a commercial building that took over the Pixel Building’s status as most sustainable building in the world. Not only does it house various shops and restaurants promoting green living, it also frequently hosts exhibitions and events highlighting new sustainable innovations. Bullitt Center, Seattle, USA Upon its presentation, the Bullitt Center was introduced as a building with an ideal lifespan of 250 years. This really set the mark for making buildings part of a more ‘natural’ ecosystem, having an expiration date, so to speak. This brainchild of Bullitt Foundation president Denis Hayes is carbon and energy neutral, hosts a self-sufficient water and sewage processing system, and generates its energy using photovoltaic solar panels.   {youtube}                                                    Greenest Buildings In The World: Fighting Global Warming                                                  Coolest Most Environmentally Friendly Buildings in The World ACROS Fukuoka Foundation Building, Fukuoka, Japan Japan’s seventh largest city Fukuoka has spared little expense in promoting the ACROS Fukuoka Foundation Building as one of its main attractions. It is a poster child of the architectural concept of eco-architecture, blending in local greenery with sharp building designs. The heart of this building is made up of a massive atrium, flooding the insides with natural light. The water drainage system on the roof is also remarkable: it flows down like a mountain, watering the vegetation on its way down in a perfectly mimicked natural process. Phipps’ Center For Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh, USA For a building carrying this name, you would already expect something quite spectacular. Thankfully, the Phipps’ Center For Sustainable Landscapes does not disappoint. From its beautiful rooftop garden, where visitors can take a stroll over the green roof, to its plant-filled hallways and staircases. Extra pluses include its water recycling system and use of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal for its operations. Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, Sisaket, Thailand This modern Buddhist temple, located in the beautiful town of Khun Han, Sisaket, also goes by the name of The Million Bottle Temple. Refreshingly, this states exactly what it is made out of: a million empty beer bottles. Befittingly green Heineken bottles are mixed with the brown bottles of local beer brand Chang to create a stunning whole. Construction already started back in 1984, as in initiative of Buddhist monks, with the temple and its surrounding comfort rooms and crematorium now acting as a literal beacon of green innovation. Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama, Bahrain Standing tall at 50 floors, this twin tower complex celebrated its tenth birthday last year. As of now, the Bahrain World Trade Center, or BWTC, is still the only skyscraper in the world to have incorporated wind turbines as part of its blueprint. In an exceptional design feat, the two towers are interconnected using imposing sky bridges, which also act as the beams to which 225 kW wind turbines are attached. It looks good - and does well. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Central, Singapore You will not be surprised to find out that one of the greenest hospitals in the world can be found in the tiny Asian island nation of Singapore, a hotspot for modern architecture. In the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, an overwhelmingly green environment has been created to provide a healing environment for its patients - but also to take care of our planet’s health, through the use of a solar water heating system and renewable energy sources. Taipei Public Library, Beitou branch, Taiwan Lingering on the topic of public buildings in tiny Asian nations, the Taipei Public Library was largely designed around its huge windows that can be opened wide - allowing both light and fresh air to come in, reducing the need for artificial light and fans or airconditioning systems. Its roof catches rainwater, which is used to flush the toilets, and renewable energy sources are the norm. Toronto Tree Tower, Toronto, Canada A must-mention on any self-respecting list of green buildings, the Toronto Tree Tower is an ambitious project that proposes to build a residential block out of timber, complete with staggering walls overgrown with plants and trees rooting on large balconies. Watch this space. Yin & Yang House, Kassel, Germany One would not quickly associate Yin & Yang retreats with the German town on Kassel, although one only has to look at it to be convinced of its benefits. The house boasts gorgeous, relaxing gardens on its interlocking roof, while being fully self-sufficient. Architect Chris Precht has described his vision as “ ecological materials we want to touch. Integrated gardens we can smell and eat. And buildings we can hear because bees and birds nest in them .” Park Royal Hotel Pickering, Singapore High rise gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls and green walls. Need we say more? Recommended:  Sustainable Green Buildings, Innovative Architects: Globally ‘Off The Grid Office’, location undecided Another ambitious idea that has not yet been constructed but certainly deserves a mention. The ‘Off The Grid Office’ tries to mimic nature in its design and construction, in an attempt to bring us closer to nature: “ any kind of human environment should be integrated in the existing natural environment, because it already offers perks that we normally try to reproduce through artificial materials ,” according to architect Stefan Mantu. Shilda Winery, Kakheti, Georgia In the remote location of Kakheti, Georgia, one will have to look hard to find the Shilda Winery. The building is quite literally embedded in the surrounding vineyards and immerses itself in its natural environment. It effectively uses the thermal mass of the soil to optimise cooling inside the building - a must-have for any good winery - and has been designed to face north and therefore avoid direct solar gain. Now we really want to go out and visit all of those impressive buildings in person. Recommended:  Sustainable Circular Architecture, The Svart Hotel: Norway Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day.
The battle against global warming must be fought on all fronts. Not only should we be looking at industry action and a radical shift in means of transportation, we also ought to take a good hard look at the way we go about our daily business. At the way our cities are currently organised to not only become ‘smarter’, but also more sustainable.   Under the growing pressure of urbanisation and sharply rising property prices, cities have to find ways of allowing more people to comfortably live in the same area - while decreasing their carbon footprint. A challenge that some are struggling with, while others are tackling it heads-on. One new trend is that of urban gardens and vertical farms, more and more of which are sprouting up in cities worldwide. Architects are quick to jump on this trend as well, and are coming up with increasingly ingenious solutions to make their buildings greener. At times, it looks as if they are locked in a fierce competition to come up with the most striking, the most sustainable, and the most eye-catching design that really makes a green statement.   Ready to get inspired? Then take a look at some of the most publicised or remarkable examples. The Crystal, London, United Kingdom Often hailed as ‘one of the greenest buildings ever built by mankind’, The Crystal is a stunning landmark that cleverly uses natural daylight to significantly cut back on lighting costs. The smart lighting system in place, powered by solar panels, further eliminates unnecessary lighting; integrating LED and fluorescent lights when needed. Serving as the headquarters of telecom-giant Siemens, The Crystal also recycles both rainwater and sewage to generate fresh drinking water.   Pixel Building, Melbourne, Australia The Pixel Building was the first building ever to obtain a perfect Green Star score, setting the benchmark for sustainable architecture in Australia. Not only is it completely carbon-free, in that the carbon generated by the building’s operations are offset by its generation of renewable energy. It is also proud of its carbon-neutral status, having offset the carbon in materials that were used to construct the building. The Change Initiative, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai As one of the world’s leading nations in mind-bending architecture and design, Dubai could not stay behind. After having built some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, The Change Initiative was the next prestige project - a commercial building that took over the Pixel Building’s status as most sustainable building in the world. Not only does it house various shops and restaurants promoting green living, it also frequently hosts exhibitions and events highlighting new sustainable innovations. Bullitt Center, Seattle, USA Upon its presentation, the Bullitt Center was introduced as a building with an ideal lifespan of 250 years. This really set the mark for making buildings part of a more ‘natural’ ecosystem, having an expiration date, so to speak. This brainchild of Bullitt Foundation president Denis Hayes is carbon and energy neutral, hosts a self-sufficient water and sewage processing system, and generates its energy using photovoltaic solar panels.   {youtube}                                                    Greenest Buildings In The World: Fighting Global Warming                                                  Coolest Most Environmentally Friendly Buildings in The World ACROS Fukuoka Foundation Building, Fukuoka, Japan Japan’s seventh largest city Fukuoka has spared little expense in promoting the ACROS Fukuoka Foundation Building as one of its main attractions. It is a poster child of the architectural concept of eco-architecture, blending in local greenery with sharp building designs. The heart of this building is made up of a massive atrium, flooding the insides with natural light. The water drainage system on the roof is also remarkable: it flows down like a mountain, watering the vegetation on its way down in a perfectly mimicked natural process. Phipps’ Center For Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh, USA For a building carrying this name, you would already expect something quite spectacular. Thankfully, the Phipps’ Center For Sustainable Landscapes does not disappoint. From its beautiful rooftop garden, where visitors can take a stroll over the green roof, to its plant-filled hallways and staircases. Extra pluses include its water recycling system and use of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal for its operations. Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, Sisaket, Thailand This modern Buddhist temple, located in the beautiful town of Khun Han, Sisaket, also goes by the name of The Million Bottle Temple. Refreshingly, this states exactly what it is made out of: a million empty beer bottles. Befittingly green Heineken bottles are mixed with the brown bottles of local beer brand Chang to create a stunning whole. Construction already started back in 1984, as in initiative of Buddhist monks, with the temple and its surrounding comfort rooms and crematorium now acting as a literal beacon of green innovation. Bahrain World Trade Center, Manama, Bahrain Standing tall at 50 floors, this twin tower complex celebrated its tenth birthday last year. As of now, the Bahrain World Trade Center, or BWTC, is still the only skyscraper in the world to have incorporated wind turbines as part of its blueprint. In an exceptional design feat, the two towers are interconnected using imposing sky bridges, which also act as the beams to which 225 kW wind turbines are attached. It looks good - and does well. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Yishun Central, Singapore You will not be surprised to find out that one of the greenest hospitals in the world can be found in the tiny Asian island nation of Singapore, a hotspot for modern architecture. In the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, an overwhelmingly green environment has been created to provide a healing environment for its patients - but also to take care of our planet’s health, through the use of a solar water heating system and renewable energy sources. Taipei Public Library, Beitou branch, Taiwan Lingering on the topic of public buildings in tiny Asian nations, the Taipei Public Library was largely designed around its huge windows that can be opened wide - allowing both light and fresh air to come in, reducing the need for artificial light and fans or airconditioning systems. Its roof catches rainwater, which is used to flush the toilets, and renewable energy sources are the norm. Toronto Tree Tower, Toronto, Canada A must-mention on any self-respecting list of green buildings, the Toronto Tree Tower is an ambitious project that proposes to build a residential block out of timber, complete with staggering walls overgrown with plants and trees rooting on large balconies. Watch this space. Yin & Yang House, Kassel, Germany One would not quickly associate Yin & Yang retreats with the German town on Kassel, although one only has to look at it to be convinced of its benefits. The house boasts gorgeous, relaxing gardens on its interlocking roof, while being fully self-sufficient. Architect Chris Precht has described his vision as “ ecological materials we want to touch. Integrated gardens we can smell and eat. And buildings we can hear because bees and birds nest in them .” Park Royal Hotel Pickering, Singapore High rise gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls and green walls. Need we say more? Recommended:  Sustainable Green Buildings, Innovative Architects: Globally ‘Off The Grid Office’, location undecided Another ambitious idea that has not yet been constructed but certainly deserves a mention. The ‘Off The Grid Office’ tries to mimic nature in its design and construction, in an attempt to bring us closer to nature: “ any kind of human environment should be integrated in the existing natural environment, because it already offers perks that we normally try to reproduce through artificial materials ,” according to architect Stefan Mantu. Shilda Winery, Kakheti, Georgia In the remote location of Kakheti, Georgia, one will have to look hard to find the Shilda Winery. The building is quite literally embedded in the surrounding vineyards and immerses itself in its natural environment. It effectively uses the thermal mass of the soil to optimise cooling inside the building - a must-have for any good winery - and has been designed to face north and therefore avoid direct solar gain. Now we really want to go out and visit all of those impressive buildings in person. Recommended:  Sustainable Circular Architecture, The Svart Hotel: Norway Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day.
Greenest Buildings In The World: Sustainable Highlights
Greenest Buildings In The World: Sustainable Highlights
Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels
There are various problems concerning housing construction in countries as Lebanon: problems of waste management and construction pressure, for example. A solution could be Lifehaus, a new housing prototype for homes that regain building techniques from the ancestor and that use natural and recycled materials to create home-free emissions. The designers are aiming for a sustainable and inexpensive alternative that helps alleviate the problem of access to housing in developing countries. Self-reliance and a low carbon footprint The idea for Lifehaus emerged from the hand of Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad and Australian journalist Nadine Mazloum. The concept revolves around affordability, self-reliance and a low carbon footprint. The design corresponds to a house of 160 square meters: this surface consists of a study with living room, mezzanine, terrace, greenhouse and a technical room. The first experimental test was held in Baskinta, Lebanon. The construction process Lifehaus: comfortable, made with natural materials and low cost. It all sounds like a dream, but how does the design of Lifehaus actually work? In this video you will get to know in depth the construction process and the characteristics of this house, which is offered in three categories: economic, standard and luxury. It combines comfort with the application of traditional methods of construction and the use of natural materials available in the environment, to which parts and recycled products are added. Reused materials and photovoltaic panels The construction is shaped by different types of material. In particular, a fundamental part is based on local materials of low energy consumption such as limestone, clay, hemp or rock. Also, materials like reused glass bottles, tires and aluminium cans are discussed. Because there is no availability of wood or bamboo in the area, cement is chosen for the roofs. The area around the house has been of great important in the design of Lifehaus. Created in a way that allows to retain heat and humidity, as well as to protect the interior of the external climatological conditions, this house is designed to operate outside the network and thus give a response to those who live in areas without access to electricity. Therefore, the design incorporates photovoltaic panels, as well as wind and hydraulic turbines to ensure the supply of the home. The scarcity of water has also been included in the design. The house is equipped with a system for collecting rainwater, in addition to using recycled water for irrigation. And this model also seeks to alleviate the lack of food that effects millions of people in the world, which is why these houses also include  a greenhouse and a hydroponic cultivation system. A low-cost option With Lifehaus, the creators want to facilitate access to housing by offering a low-cost option. Specifically, the price per square meter would be reduced by half compared to a house built by oneself. The reduced dependence on fuel and electricity would also mean significant savings for those who choose this type of house. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/green-architecture
There are various problems concerning housing construction in countries as Lebanon: problems of waste management and construction pressure, for example. A solution could be Lifehaus, a new housing prototype for homes that regain building techniques from the ancestor and that use natural and recycled materials to create home-free emissions. The designers are aiming for a sustainable and inexpensive alternative that helps alleviate the problem of access to housing in developing countries. Self-reliance and a low carbon footprint The idea for Lifehaus emerged from the hand of Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad and Australian journalist Nadine Mazloum. The concept revolves around affordability, self-reliance and a low carbon footprint. The design corresponds to a house of 160 square meters: this surface consists of a study with living room, mezzanine, terrace, greenhouse and a technical room. The first experimental test was held in Baskinta, Lebanon. The construction process Lifehaus: comfortable, made with natural materials and low cost. It all sounds like a dream, but how does the design of Lifehaus actually work? In this video you will get to know in depth the construction process and the characteristics of this house, which is offered in three categories: economic, standard and luxury. It combines comfort with the application of traditional methods of construction and the use of natural materials available in the environment, to which parts and recycled products are added. Reused materials and photovoltaic panels The construction is shaped by different types of material. In particular, a fundamental part is based on local materials of low energy consumption such as limestone, clay, hemp or rock. Also, materials like reused glass bottles, tires and aluminium cans are discussed. Because there is no availability of wood or bamboo in the area, cement is chosen for the roofs. The area around the house has been of great important in the design of Lifehaus. Created in a way that allows to retain heat and humidity, as well as to protect the interior of the external climatological conditions, this house is designed to operate outside the network and thus give a response to those who live in areas without access to electricity. Therefore, the design incorporates photovoltaic panels, as well as wind and hydraulic turbines to ensure the supply of the home. The scarcity of water has also been included in the design. The house is equipped with a system for collecting rainwater, in addition to using recycled water for irrigation. And this model also seeks to alleviate the lack of food that effects millions of people in the world, which is why these houses also include  a greenhouse and a hydroponic cultivation system. A low-cost option With Lifehaus, the creators want to facilitate access to housing by offering a low-cost option. Specifically, the price per square meter would be reduced by half compared to a house built by oneself. The reduced dependence on fuel and electricity would also mean significant savings for those who choose this type of house. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/green-architecture
Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels
Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels
Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels
In the hotel of the future, sustainability is the standard. Hotel concept QO makes this standard visible, or actually, invisible: and it’s precisely the intention. Sustainable luxury is reflected in the choice of materials, the restaurant menu and installations. This hotel does not place the responsibility with the guest, but takes it. A patchwork of sliding panels and large windows characterizes the façade of the hotel. Above the glass revolving door of the 'Dutch eatery' that is located on the ground floor, you can read the name Persijn – a very conscious choice. The name refers to the thirteenth-century Amsterdam landowner Jan Persijn van Velsen. Connection is most important to the QO: between hotel visitors and local residents, between building and district and between neighbourhood and city. Forming a sustainable vision; everybody needs to belong "An universal need of people is to belong to a community, whether it's in a shed in Guatemala or in a penthouse in Manhattan," says Xander Bueno de Mesquita. With his innovative vision, the project started about ten years ago. When he returned to the Netherlands after a long-term trip, he decided that he wanted to translate this universal need to belong into a sustainable hotel concept. "I wanted to develop the Tesla among the hotels." A sustainability vision was formed to determine an appropriate sustainability label. Bueno de Mesquita did not want to start his project with the certification, to prevent just finishing a sustainability checklist. LEED Platinum proved to be the best fit: in order to achieve this status, sustainability had to be fully integrated. Do not feed waste! A tight schedule reduced the transport movements from, to and at the construction site. In addition, prefabrication resulted in less waste during construction. Ready-made work packages were delivered and assembled according to a just-in-time principle, 95 percent of the waste that still originated was separated on site. Waste recycling and reduction were also included in the contracts with subcontractors, with the motto: "do not feed waste". In the choice of materials, reuse and distance have also been taken into account. For example, the façade of the former Amsterdam Shell tower was ground into granules and processed into the concrete construction of the QO. At least fifty percent of all material used during construction originates from locations within a radius of 800 kilometres. Waste is one of the cycles that the hotel focuses on. The others are water, energy and food. Shower water once again receives value as flushing water for the toilet and vegetables, herbs and fish are grown in a closed system in the greenhouse. The sustainable vision is also reflected in the hotel menu. It’s 'Dutch cuisine', which emphasizes the use of local products. Seeking the connection The hotel actively seeks the connection with the city and the surrounding area. According to Bueno de Mesquita, this is necessary for a sustainable building: "It's about co-creation with unexpected parties, not only with architects, but also with the neighbourhood." The greenhouse on the roof, for example, can serve as an educational location for the local school. The location of the sustainable hotel is no accident. It fits in with the urban plan of the city of Amsterdam to redevelop the Amstelkwartier district in a sustainable way. A sustainable hotel therefore fits in seamlessly. Nevertheless, sustainability and a hotel environment do not automatically match, says general manager Inge van Weert: "In general, a hotel is a very wasteful environment ."   The management of QO deviates from that standard with its zero waste ambition. To achieve this, the QO makes agreements with partners and suppliers. For example, farmers supply fruit and vegetables in crates that the QO provided. In the rooms the care products are in bags, boxes or large refill containers. With each partner, agreements have been made about what happens when products no longer last. "In about a year or two plant pots can be made from the uniforms." Sustainability should be standard Sustainability is the standard in QO, but not yet in the Netherlands. The hotel demonstrates: sustainability can become the standard with a sustainable vision, perseverance and co-creation with unexpected parties. Without the guest having to notice anything, sustainability comes back everywhere: from the construction drawing to the board. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
In the hotel of the future, sustainability is the standard. Hotel concept QO makes this standard visible, or actually, invisible: and it’s precisely the intention. Sustainable luxury is reflected in the choice of materials, the restaurant menu and installations. This hotel does not place the responsibility with the guest, but takes it. A patchwork of sliding panels and large windows characterizes the façade of the hotel. Above the glass revolving door of the 'Dutch eatery' that is located on the ground floor, you can read the name Persijn – a very conscious choice. The name refers to the thirteenth-century Amsterdam landowner Jan Persijn van Velsen. Connection is most important to the QO: between hotel visitors and local residents, between building and district and between neighbourhood and city. Forming a sustainable vision; everybody needs to belong "An universal need of people is to belong to a community, whether it's in a shed in Guatemala or in a penthouse in Manhattan," says Xander Bueno de Mesquita. With his innovative vision, the project started about ten years ago. When he returned to the Netherlands after a long-term trip, he decided that he wanted to translate this universal need to belong into a sustainable hotel concept. "I wanted to develop the Tesla among the hotels." A sustainability vision was formed to determine an appropriate sustainability label. Bueno de Mesquita did not want to start his project with the certification, to prevent just finishing a sustainability checklist. LEED Platinum proved to be the best fit: in order to achieve this status, sustainability had to be fully integrated. Do not feed waste! A tight schedule reduced the transport movements from, to and at the construction site. In addition, prefabrication resulted in less waste during construction. Ready-made work packages were delivered and assembled according to a just-in-time principle, 95 percent of the waste that still originated was separated on site. Waste recycling and reduction were also included in the contracts with subcontractors, with the motto: "do not feed waste". In the choice of materials, reuse and distance have also been taken into account. For example, the façade of the former Amsterdam Shell tower was ground into granules and processed into the concrete construction of the QO. At least fifty percent of all material used during construction originates from locations within a radius of 800 kilometres. Waste is one of the cycles that the hotel focuses on. The others are water, energy and food. Shower water once again receives value as flushing water for the toilet and vegetables, herbs and fish are grown in a closed system in the greenhouse. The sustainable vision is also reflected in the hotel menu. It’s 'Dutch cuisine', which emphasizes the use of local products. Seeking the connection The hotel actively seeks the connection with the city and the surrounding area. According to Bueno de Mesquita, this is necessary for a sustainable building: "It's about co-creation with unexpected parties, not only with architects, but also with the neighbourhood." The greenhouse on the roof, for example, can serve as an educational location for the local school. The location of the sustainable hotel is no accident. It fits in with the urban plan of the city of Amsterdam to redevelop the Amstelkwartier district in a sustainable way. A sustainable hotel therefore fits in seamlessly. Nevertheless, sustainability and a hotel environment do not automatically match, says general manager Inge van Weert: "In general, a hotel is a very wasteful environment ."   The management of QO deviates from that standard with its zero waste ambition. To achieve this, the QO makes agreements with partners and suppliers. For example, farmers supply fruit and vegetables in crates that the QO provided. In the rooms the care products are in bags, boxes or large refill containers. With each partner, agreements have been made about what happens when products no longer last. "In about a year or two plant pots can be made from the uniforms." Sustainability should be standard Sustainability is the standard in QO, but not yet in the Netherlands. The hotel demonstrates: sustainability can become the standard with a sustainable vision, perseverance and co-creation with unexpected parties. Without the guest having to notice anything, sustainability comes back everywhere: from the construction drawing to the board. https://www.whatsorb.com/category/architecture
Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels
Sustainable Luxury: QO Is The Tesla Among Green Hotels
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A community is you and me. A network of social, economic, ecological and many other relationships. We all work together and live in urban, suburban and rural areas. Social sustainability is becoming increasingly important on our small planet. We define: support, quality of life, development, adaptation, rights and labour.

We belong to a group of individuals - our society - in which we belong geographically. Certain environmental issues play an important role in our society. Here, sustainable solutions are sought, developed and implemented. This may differ from societies in other countries, but because of our global environmental issues and dependence, we must learn to work more together so that we can all benefit from sharing sustainable knowledge to tackle, for example, climate change.

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