GDF Suez is one of the largest energy companies in Europe, that both produces and supplies energy. Combating climate change is high on their priority list, and building their new headquarters in a sustainable way is right op their alley.
The new GDF Suez headquarters is going to be located close to Gare du Nord in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. It has a total office area of 75 000 m² which is going to to bring together more than 3,100 people now working at various sites.
Some of the innovative concepts applied in this project (from tractebel-engineering-gdfsuez.com):
- Optimized geothermics: geothermal heating and cooling (189 wells, each 82m deep. Through this concept about 50% of the heating and cooling demands are met)
- Harnessed energy: solar power (120 kWc installed capacity), efficient lighting (presence detectors, dimmers), a smart lift system and centralized technical management
- Ultra-modern climate control: flexible air treatment, high-output coolers, free-chilling techniques on cold water circuits and condensation boilers with low levels of NOx
- Economic water management: recovery and management of rainwater, waste-water treatment, and low-consumption sanitary installations
- Sustainable waste management