Sustainable building for dynamic research institute

KWR: an internationally-oriented, excellent research institute in the water sector, strongly focused on cooperation, knowledge sharing and innovation. Such an institution is worthy of a sustainable, innovative and dynamic office building. The new sustainable building of KWR Watercycle Research Institute represents the identity of the knowledge institute. In short, a future-proof, flexible, energy efficient building integrated into the landscape (with preservation of flora and fauna).

Brenda Montanus, Facility Manager at KWR, says: “We have reduced energy consumption as much as possible and implemented the generation of cold, heat and electricity as sustainably as possible using energy storage, heat pumps and solar panels.”

Improvement points follow up
DWA was involved as the building services and subsidy consultant and remained involved with monitoring and advising on the maintenance of the building services, which was performed by an installation company. The Simaxx monitoring tool was implemented to monitor the building services and to identify incorrect functioning and optimisations. Our philosophy is that the intended sustainability is only achieved in practice if two conditions are met. Firstly, there must be insight into the functioning of the building services and potential improvement areas. Secondly, the improvements must actually be carried out in order to take things one step further.  KWR gave DWA total responsibility for the maintenance at the beginning of 2017.

Energy and water-saving measures

As many measures as possible were taken to reduce energy and water consumption – the use of LED lighting, the installation of solar panels and a solar-powered boiler, energy efficient equipment and the purchase of water-saving toilets, and the realisation of a UTES (Underground Thermal Energy Storage System). The process water for dishwashing machines and toilet flushing is recycled. The measures have resulted in an energy reduction of 60%, 25% savings on water and 60% less wastewater from KWR in the sewer.