Further steps towards sustainability
In order to save water, the embassy uses only rainwater to water its gardens and clean the buildings.
Recycled materials were a priority during the selection of building materials for the new building. Much of the embassy’s façade is made from recyclable concrete and wood.
The building project also addressed the challenge of making workforce mobility more sustainable. The location of the new embassy was deliberately chosen because of its close proximity to two underground train stations. Now, the location makes it convenient for staff to commute by public transport. Also, the embassy’s new service vehicle is a hybrid.
In addition, all of the services offered by the embassy are now centralised. The fact that all embassy staff work under the same roof will boost efficiency. The embassy has a multi-room layout, which saves space and creates a more efficient workspace.
Thanks to this raft of sustainability measures, the new embassy satisfies all Minergie ECO label requirements. As well as meeting the well-known Minergie building standards, the building also takes into account the aspects of health and building ecology. Health-related aspects include the use of natural daylight, soundproofing and indoor air quality, while construction aspects cover factors such as embodied energy and sustainable design.