New main building TU/e wins Oscar for sustainability
Atlas, the new main building of TU/e, has been selected as winner in the election for most sustainable educational building. The BREEAM awards, also known as the Oscars of sustainable buildings, enjoy a prominent international reputation. Director Veronique Marks of the Housing Department received the award on behalf of TU/e.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the international standard for measuring the sustainable performance of a building. The method has already been used worldwide for some 500,000 buildings in 78 different countries. In September 2016 the design to renovate Atlas was given the highest BREEAM score ever worldwide (93.86 points, “Outstanding”) in the education building category, which also put it in the top 3 sustainable buildings in the Netherlands. A jury of experts assessed all the submissions according to case studies, noting the BREEAM score, the applied innovations and the possibilities to scale up. At the awards ceremony in London, Atlas was praised for (quote jury)
TU/e Executive Board President Jan Mengelers is proud of the BREEAM award. As chair of the TU/e Sustainability steering board, he emphasizes the importance of being a role model. “In our education and research sustainability is a key theme. This way we prove that the modernization and redesign of a fifty year/old building like Atlas absolutely pays off."
More info about BREEAM
The BREEAM method checks the tender, the design, the construction and the operation according to benchmarks. Independent licensed assessors carry out the assessments. Buildings are then scored in the categories ‘Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding’. In addition to the BREEAM Awards, there is also a public award for which the public can vote in the category Your BREEAM.
More info about Atlas
The department of Industrial Design will move back to TU/e's main building in 2018. To read more on the sustainability of the Atlas building, click here.