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The new EMA building has been built in a sustainable manner. Peter-Willem van Calis, advisor on sustainability and comfort at the Central Government Real Estate Agency, explains: "This means that specific sustainability themes have already been taken into account in the design phase of the building.”

Peter-Willem van Calis, advisor on sustainability and comfort and Bianca Derkzen, technical manager at the Central Government Real Estate Agency

“In addition to the building being energy efficient, it has sustainable manners to deal with  water, waste, the use of materials, ecology and transport."

Giving hands and feet to sustainability
In January 2019, the new EMA building obtained a BREEAM 'excellent design certificate'.

"The BREEAM label is a kind of yardstick for measuring sustainability and for comparing buildings," says Bianca Derkzen, technical manager at the Central Government Real Estate Agency. This also allows you to set ambitions and ensure that, in this case, the EMA building has a high standard in terms of sustainability."

"BREEAM was originally a British and internationally acknowledged assessment method to give hands and feet to the concept of sustainability,” adds Peter-Willem. "The municipality of Amsterdam considers BREEAM to be important for this location, but also EMA sees the importance of it.”

Read the sequel to the interview with Peter-Willem van Calis and Bianca Derkzen.