Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

AUAS to build Netherlands' most sustainable educational building

5 Jan 2015 17:18 | Communication

The design for the new educational building of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) at Rhijnspoorplein has been honoured with a four-star New Construction Design Certificate by BREEAM-NL. It is the first time that an educational building in the Netherlands has earned such a high score through the global sustainability assessment programme for buildings. The building will be located at Rhijnspoorplein in the Amsterdam Oost district and will be part of the Amstel Campus.

Never before has an educational building in the Netherlands received a four-star certificate for sustainability. The high score was achieved thanks to the great emphasis on sustainability since the design phase and the aim to comply with the Fresh Air in Schools (Frisse Scholen) guideline at the highest possible level . The BREEAM certificate for this educational building can be attributed to the hard work of the Rhijnspoor Building project team of the Amsterdam University for Applied Sciences (AUAS) and the architects’ alliance Team RSG (Powerhouse Company and Architecten Cie, in cooperation with Mark Koehler Architects), Royal Haskoning DHV, LBP Sight and ABT/BreedID. The evidence for the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) was verified and approved by consultancy and BREEAM assessor MAT25.

The Rhijnspoor building will be the final element of the Amstel Campus and will form the new premises of the School of Technology in particular (currently situated in the Leeuwenburg beside Amstel Station) from 2018. A characteristic feature of the Rhijnspoor Building is the atrium, which is connected to the adjacent Theo Thijssenhuis. This construction is an efficient design choice to create space while maximising the use of daylight. Construction is expected to commence at the end of 2015.


BREEAM-NL New Construction Excellent

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the most widespread method of determining and certifying the sustainability of buildings worldwide. Criteria include energy and water consumption as well as the impact on health, building and environmental management, waste, water, land use and ecology, transport, pollution and materials.


The AUAS gladly accepts its social responsibility and wants to ensure a healthy climate for students and staff while connecting with its environment and the city of Amsterdam. This includes the sustainable development of new and existing educational buildings. Many sustainable measures have already been implemented on the Amstel Campus, such as the renovation of existing buildings, installation of solar panels, LED lighting, solatubes, smart grid, thermal energy storage, green roofs, energy-efficient lifts and join-the-pipe water taps.