Commercial real estate
Now more than ever, users expect high-quality offices, shops, restaurants and residential buildings. In successful commercial real estate everything has to be right; from daylighting and indoor climate to the right amenities and “look and feel”. The main focus in the coming years will be on making buildings more sustainable and the reuse of existing properties.
The technical challenge for commercial real estate is to achieve multifunctional buildings, existing or new, that consume as little energy as possible. This trend will make high demands on building structures and installations. But sustainability measures are often expensive. How can we make a building more sustainable and make sure it makes money? How do we make this measurable? ABT uses a specially developed tool to calculate this. It provides insight into the costs of the various BREEAM credits. Ventilation systems are becoming more complex as they are to achieve a pleasant indoor environment in homes, offices and shops.
A great example of a multifunctional building is the Fenix sheds in Rotterdam. As the structural and geotechnical consultant, ABT was involved in the renovation of this project. A program of housing, education, retail and a parking garage is planned on and under the 1920s-era sheds. ABT is also involved in the Jonas project in Amsterdam, a residential building with additional commercial functions including a cinema, hospitality and commercial spaces. ABT took an integrated approach to Jonas’ design and we are proud that the design was one of the first residential buildings in the Netherlands to receive the BREEAM-outstanding certificate.