Park 20|20 in the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, near Amsterdam, is the world’s first fully operating Cradle to Cradle inspired working environment. It was developed by Delta Development Group, VolkerWessels and Reggeborgh Groep.
Park 20|20 is a business park consisting of approximately 88,000 m2 of offices and approximately 3,500 m2 of facilities. During development, one aspect is central: the well-being of people. This focus results in an inspiring, healthy and productive working environment. The park runs entirely on renewable energy, among others by applying hot and cold storage and photovoltaic cells. The water at the park is purified through helophyte filters.
Cradle to Cradle
Nature follows an ingenious cycle in which waste does not exist – waste is food. By taking into account the disassembly (circular design) when designing buildings, a similar approach can be applied to the working environment. So to at Park 20|20. The materials applied at the business park are biodegradable or reusable in another life as another product. Cradle to Cradle goes beyond material cycles: eco-friendliness is taken into account. With its partners, Park 20|20 contributes to the development of new Cradle to Cradle products through an innovation platform with members such as the Arizona State University, TU Delft, Dutch Green Building Council and the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute. For Park 20|20 the focus lies on the following aspects:
- Productivity and health - Research shows that buildings at Park 20|20 increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.
- Design for disassembly - It is important that buildings are made of re-usable materials. For example, buildings are not worthless after their life cycle, but rather a valuable asset.
- Materials passport - A materials passport is created for each individual building, indicating what and where certain materials are applied, how much has been used and how the building can be dismantled.
- Products as a service - Certain products are leased instead of purchased. This ensures a higher quality at lower costs for the building’s owner.
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.