Park 20|20 ̶ The world’s first Cradle to Cradle inspired work environment
Park 20|20 in the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer, near Amsterdam, is the world’s first fully operating Cradle to Cradle working environment, presently under development by Delta Development Group, VolkerWessels and Reggeborgh Groep.
Sustainable business park
Park 20|20 is a uniquely sustainable business park consisting of approximately 88,000 m2 of offices and approximately 3,500 m2 of facilities. In its development, one of the most important aspects focuses on the well-being of people which has resulted in an inspiring, healthy and productive work environment. The park runs entirely on renewable energy and other sustainable assets include heat- and cold storage, photovoltaic cells, together with a water purification system via helophyte filters.
Cradle to Cradle
Cradle to Cradle recognises that nature follows an ingenious cycle in which waste does not exist. By taking into account how a building could be disassembled (circular design) during the design phase, a circular approach can be applied to the work environment. This is what is happening at Park 20|20, where the materials used are biodegradable or can be reused for different products with another life. Through the Park 20|20 materials innovation programme, the development team has been better able to identify and target manufacturers and distributers of Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM materials early in the design and concept phases. This improves collaboration and the innovative application of their products to meet project needs.
Additionally, the programme engages companies with substantial circular potential to introduce the Cradle to Cradle Certification standard as a viable option, further improving their health and circularity. This enhances access to healthy, circular products for the greater European and global construction industry. Via this programme the Park 20|20 team has assembled the world’s largest collection of Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM materials and enabled many products to achieve Cradle to Cradle Certification.
For Park 20|20 the focus lies on the following aspects:
- Design for disassembly – It is important that buildings are made of reusable materials. For example, buildings are not worthless after their life cycle, but rather a valuable asset.
- Productivity and health – Research shows that buildings at Park 20|20 increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.
- 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.
- Lease products – The products are rented instead of purchased. This ensures lower acquisition costs for a building.