Sixteen buildings 'fossil fuel free' by 2040
'Trias Energetica' sustainable design principle
Energy transition in The Hague
In order to implement the energy transition in the city centre of The Hague, the municipal authority and the Central Government Real Estate Agency have commissioned a consortium consisting of Witteveen+Bos, Rebel Group and DWA to develop an approach for making sixteen buildings completely ‘fossilfuel free’ by 2040.
The study examined various combinations of energy-saving measures, local generation of sustainable energy, and the costs and benefits of the different options. This resulted in the following plan:
- Reducing energy consumption and generating energy within individual buildings
- Energy storage and exchange between the buildings included in the ‘The Hague energy transition’ programme via a Thermal Energy Storage network
- Connecting these buildings to a sustainable district heating network; and finally purchasing green energy.
This project is a great example of the successful application of the ‘Trias Energetica’ sustainable design principle.