Sustainable design, construction and operation

People, Planet and Profit are central to our way of working. These are the core concepts of Corporate Responsibility. Pellikaan realises sustainable projects.

Sustainability Award
Pellikaan’s great experience with environmentally friendly measures in Europe has led to international recognition. For a project in Watford we won the International Green Apple Award. Pellikaan also have won the contract for Villa Flora in Venlo, which will be an extremely green office after its use as exhibition space for the prestigious Floriade 2012.

Sustainable design, build and operate

Pellikaan promotes careful consideration of social, environmental and economic interests; in the design, construction and operation of buildings.

Commercial Director Gert-Jan Peeters, "Reducing the use of natural resources like energy and water is one of the most effective ways to protect the environment and results in immediate cost savings. Not all environmental measures are expensive. Both during the design and the construction phases of a project many benefits are to be gained through working sustainably – both environmental and financial."

Design phase

To improve sustainability during the design phase, we consider:
- Orientation and shape of the building (solar gain / exposure)
- Layout and functionality
- Material (cradle-to-cradle)
- Insulation and ventilation
- Energy-saving engineering
- Possible use of renewable energy
- Future developments

As an example, optimising the efficiency of the layout can lead to lower construction as well as operating costs. By introducing multipurpose areas, a smaller building may be required.

It is important to use energy-saving equipment to prevent unnecessary use of gas, water and electricity. Based on our knowledge, we can indicate payback periods.

Sustainable technology
As we keep a close track of developments in four countries, we have been able to implement a wide variety of sustainable systems and new technologies. For example, we work with several international evaluation systems, including BREEAM and the Dutch DUBO lists.

The majority of our projects have systems for reusing heat and water, PIR lighting, CHP’s and the use of solar energy.

Other sustainability techniques used in our projects include:
- Ground source heat pumps
- Boiler systems that run on biogas, wood and wood pallets.
- Fine wire heat exchanger
- Heat recovery from steam
- Adiabatic cooling
- Ventilation based on CO2 measurement

Construction phase
During the construction phase, the main issues affecting the environment and sustainability are procurement, protection of the (local) environment, water and energy consumption and waste.

By purchasing from local companies and carefully planning supplies, we can reduce the impact of transportation. We use sustainable and fair trade products that are not harmful to humans or the environment.

Every construction project causes temporary or permanent changes to the natural habitat of animals, plants and trees. We optimise the protection of the ecosystem and ensure a safe environment during and after construction. Among others, we use CO2 reducing techniques and compensatory activities.

Energy and water saving
On our sites, we carry out measures to reduce energy consumption. For example, we apply natural ventilation, improve logistics, reduce construction time and plan work in a sequence that requires less heating and drying processes.

We reduce waste through better procurement. All waste is separated and reused or recycled where possible.

Operation Phase
The measures taken during design and construction will continue to contribute to lower energy costs and reduced effects on the environment once the building is in use.

General measures
Sustainability is the future. We include it in our policies and procedures.

We keep abreast of new developments and changing legislation and implement ISO-14001. Naturally, we also adopt environment-saving measures in our activities outside of our construction sites.