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ING’s new office receives highest sustainability rating

Solar panels on Cedar’s roof.
Solar panels on Cedar’s roof.

The ‘outstanding’ rating by renowned sustainability rater BREEAM-NL is based on scores over nine categories: management, health, energy, transportation, water, materials, waste, use of land and ecology, and pollution. The building received a score of 100% in the categories energy, transportation and waste, leading to an overall score of 93.7%.

The perfect score in energy makes the office, called Cedar, a ‘nearly zero-energy building’. ING has plans to go full energy-neutral with Cedar, as we team up with European energy company Vattenfall to build a solar panel park nearby. The energy produced by the 3,600 solar panels there will be completely for ING, adding to the 2,150 solar panels on Cedar’s roof.

The building is also equipped with triple glazing and insulated window frames help to save energy. Various sustainable measures save up to 12 million litres of water per year. Plus, single-use plastic is banished from the restaurants and coffee bars.

More sustainable buildings

ING’s Corporate Real Estate and Facility Services in the Netherlands has been taking steps to improve the sustainability of our branch offices. The goal is for over half of our current new format branches to receive a BREEAM-NL rating of ‘Very good’ or higher by the end of the year. Especially noteworthy is ING’s building on the Herengracht in Amsterdam’s historical centre. The monumental building dates from 1686 and is one of the first of its kind to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating.

The efforts to make our buildings more sustainable come as part of ING’s Environmental Programme. This guides our own transition to become a more resource-efficient and climate-resilient company. Targets include reducing CO2e emissions from buildings and data centres by 80% by year-end 2022 from 2014 and reducing energy consumption by 65% by year-end 2030 from 2014.

Cedar offers workspace for 2,800 employees spread over 39,000 m2 and opened in January 2020 after two and a half years of construction. It’s one of five buildings that form Cumulus Park, the new innovation district in the southeast area of Amsterdam.

Cedar was developed by EDGE and G&S Vastgoed and constructed by G&S Bouw. It was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, while the interior design and the atrium platforms were developed by HofmanDujardin. The landscape architecture was done by Karres en Brands.

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