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First BREEAM-NL certifications awarded

Schiphol Real Estate’s TransPort office building and a new logistics park by developer WDP in Tilburg are the first buildings to receive certification under BREEAM-NL, the scheme operated by the Dutch Green Building Council under licence from BRE Global.

The certificates were presented by Jaap Gillis, chairman of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC), and Paul Gibbon, Director of Sustainability for BRE Global, at Building Holland, the leading exhibition for sustainable design and construction in the Netherlands. Paul Gibbon said: “These buildings have comprehensively demonstrated their environmental credentials, whilst also providing attractive and viable facilities. These are the first certifications by the Dutch Green Building Council as National Scheme Operator for the Netherlands and represent another notable landmark in BREEAM’s rapid international expansion.”

"We have chosen to use BREEAM in the Netherlands because of its robustness and also its adaptability to the needs of the Dutch market. We are experiencing increasing demand from real estate investors and developers who want a high degree of sustainability and a tool to benchmark and demonstrate their progress”, said Gillis. "These are the first BREEAM certificates to be issued by a National Scheme Operator (NSO) outside of the UK. DGBC were the first NSO to adopt BREEAM and have worked very hard over the last 18 months with BRE Global to develop a specifically tailored version for the Netherlands. We recently formally launched BREEAM-NL for retail, industrial, education and office buildings and are due to release a version of BREEAM-NL for residential buildings.”

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