On 28th July 2017, the WiN Emscher-Lippe GmbH in collaboration with EPEA invited to an excursion to the Venlo City Hall, which was carried out as part of the subproject "cirC2ess" and in the aftermath of the "circular economy" progress forum. The excursion was the start of a three-part series of events, supplemented by two further workshops in the building sector.
On the basis of the city hall, in which diverse Cradle to Cradle® elements have been considered during construction, the 40 participants were informed about the process of change that takes place in the entire building industry. During the guided tour, Michel Weijers (Municipality of Venlo) and Dr. Tanja Scheelhaase (EPEA) paid special attention to the use of environmentally friendly and recyclable building materials, whose usage will be strengthened and accelerated by new European legislation in the future. Requirements for buildings of the next generation, such as open spaces, a high interior air quality or the use of renewable energies, were illustrated during the excursion as well.
The Venlo City Hall is considered a "C2C icon with educational elements". The modern, light-flooded high rise was opened in mid-October 2016 after seven years of construction. Green facades as well as a greenhouse on the roof increase the air quality; rainwater and gray water are naturally filtered and used. The indoor climate is controlled by an underground car park, which serves as a heat sink, and a sophisticated heat circulation. Photovoltaics and geothermal energy ensure clean energy. The building also serves as a material bank, which means the used materials can be recycled flexibly.
For more information about the Venlo City Hall, please visit: http://www.c2c-centre.com/project/venlo-city-hall