The Flemish project developer Steen Vastgoed has created a new-build property, consisting of 10 apartments and their new office, in the Belgian town of Kapellen. The project developer has been realising residential projects with a sustainable approach for years already. With this property they also wanted to show their green values. The new build has become a sustainable business card, among other things with the application of various Outdoor and Indoor SemperGreenwalls.
Living plant walls for a green appearance
On the facades of the office building, 8 different SemperGreenwalls have been installed. Additionally, the office interior features a living wall, which creates a natural transition from the outdoors into the workspace. Steen Vastgoed: “The living walls are a perfect match with the green values that Steen Vastgoed stands for.”
In addition to the green walls, solar panels are covering a large part of the roof. The building also serves as a pilot project for the application of green walls at future projects of the developer. The Cradle to Cradle certified living walls installed on this building make a positive contribution to the energy efficiency of this property. Because the over 3700 plants in the living walls absorb and reflect sunlight, the interior stays cooler, which creates a more comfortable work- and living experience on hot summer days. Furthermore, the vertical gardens have a positive impact on biodiversity.
Over the last years, Steen Vastgoed has made an effort to build according to the so-called ‘BENG’ principle: building in an almost energy neutral way. The company has therefore been awarded with the title of ‘Energy conscious contractor’ by Bouwunie, a Belgian organisation. According to Steen Vastgoed, sustainability forms the basis of every new project, with the goal of realising a positive influence on the environment and society. Green walls and green roofs are a great fit within this concept.
Photo credits: Steen Vastgoed, Arne Jennard, Sempergreen