How green building materials contribute to getting green building labels
In a world of increasing environmental awareness, we are slowly reaching the point where all buildings will be fully constructed with sustainable building materials. Buildings like these can earn certifications — or green building labels — for their level of sustainability. Around the globe, there are many certification systems in use that serve to recognize sustainable building projects. In this blog, we describe one of the most important certification systems in Europe — and how to get certified.
Sand-coloured ceramic façade enriches The Hague skyline
Architectural firm Geurst & Schulze has transformed a dull ministerial office complex in The Hague into a warm, metropolitan building. The Wijnhavenkwartier complex now accommodates apartments, restaurants, shops, and an annex of Leiden University. The most striking aspect of the building is the sand-coloured façade that has been finished with custom-made tiles from Mosa, with which the architect makes a reference to ‘the beautiful city behind the dunes’.
Tiled floors as a form of traffic system
‘Floors in a foyer are like business cards. They set the tone and ensure visitors can find their way in large buildings; you know where you are so you feel more comfortable and at ease. You can notice this in the new Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) building,’ says architect Luc Nooijen, who works for Architecten aan de Maas in Maastricht.