Geelen Counterflow in Haelen, the Netherlands has received a Five Star “outstanding” BREEAM-NL certificate for the design of their new office.
BREEAM is the biggest certifying system for sustainability for buildings worldwide. Since the introduction in 1990, more than 250.000 buildings have been certified. In the Netherlands the system is managed by the Dutch Green Building Council. The design team from Geelen earned a score of 94.19 %, the highest score ever achieved in the Netherlands.
The new office for 50 employees will be fully constructed with prefabricated walls and floors of 100% unglued and non-chemically treated wood, grown in sustainably managed forests in the Black Forest region of Germany. Where possible “Cradle To Cradle” certified building materials will be applied.
By building according to the “Passive House” guidelines and thanks to the 330 solar panels on the roof, the office will produce 50% more renewable energy than the total energy consumption for heating/cooling, ventilation, lighting, copiers/printers, servers and PCs.
Completion is scheduled for December 2014.
About Geelen Counterflow
Geelen Counterflow produces counterflow dryers and coolers for the food and feed industry. All the required technology is manufactured in house at the plant in Haelen. Over 80% of the sales is exported outside of Europe.