The Venco Campus, near Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands, is a unique concept where sustainability, innovation, flexibility and transparency are the basis for a high-tech, future-proof location for various companies in the poultry industry. Sustainability, flexibility and transparency were the key foundations to creating a smart building, using sustainable materials.
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Smart building for poultry knowledge-centre
Buildings of the future will have to be smarter and more energy efficient in order to ensure that businesses can keep developing and expanding, whilst at the same time minimising impact on the environment. The majority of the 30,000m2 Venco Campus facility is taken up with a logistics centre in which up to 12 cargo-trucks can be loaded and unloaded at any time. The rest of the building is divided into office spaces, auditorium and other mutual areas.
The purpose behind this egg-shaped campus building is to serve as an international knowledge, research and innovation centre for the poultry industry. As a result, any poultry-related company, from anywhere in the world is welcome to establish itself within the building. Through a process of cross-fertilisation and collaboration, the Venco Campus aims to ensure that the Dutch poultry sector maintains its leading position in the world. The campus has been awarded BREEAM-NL ‘Outstanding’ certification for its energy efficiency and sustainability. In 2013, the Venco Campus was the most sustainable and energy-saving industrial building in Europe.
Sustainable Urban Delta
The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.