“Sustainable development intends to ensure that the needs of the present generation will be met without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their needs”
Westraven - Utrecht
Sustainability is ‘striving for sustainable development through a combination of sound, environmentally aware, functional and economically viable planning, design, construction and management’. Sustainable construction generally has four perspectives: flexibility, integrated chain management, energy saving/alternative sources and promoting quality.
WNF - Zeist
ABT advise their projects from the following vision on sustainability:
- Sustainability must be in design, construction and use phase of buildings as obvious as functionality, safety and cost efficiency.
- Sustainable buildings are the result of an integrated designprocess, where solutions are devised from different perspectives, an approach that fits ABT.
- Reuse and upgrading of existing buildings increase the sustainability of the built environment.
- As buildings become more and more energy-neutral or energy suppliers, the focus have to be stiffed to material savings and use of sustainable materials.
- Using advanced computational methods and smart design, material savings, lower construction costs and higher sustainability will result.
- Sustainable buildings generate long term returns by energy conservation or production, reuse, salvage value at the end of lifetime and a better quality of life.