The requirements of that period have lost none of their relevance. The building complex is mainly constructed of wood (support structure, floors, walls and part of the facade) with a view to the timber construction covenant of the municipality of Amsterdam (at least 65% wood/biobased in the support structure and FSC certified). Modular and factory-based construction is used, which shortens building time and reduces lots of construction-related nitrogen emissions by using mainly electricity. These are important benefits.
The building is in line with the objective of the municipality of Amsterdam to build 20% of new construction projects in wood from 2025. That year is fast approaching, so good examples are important for scaling up. Poppies already fulfills this exemplary function through its participation in ATELIER. Smart energy supply is an important element, therefore Poppies will install a smart grid. This can contribute to reduce the problem of overloading the electricity grid that is currently occurring in Amsterdam and in large parts of the country. In addition to the net supply of energy from the built environment in the use phase, attention is also paid to the environmental impact associated with the realization of the buildings and at the end of their lifespan. This ending is, incidentally, difficult to determine. Where buildings made of concrete and steel are often demolished, wooden buildings are better suited for the next life cycle and residual materials can still be reused. Via life cycle analysis (LCA), ATELIER is working on making the various environmental effects visible. Poppies will be a future-oriented building where everything is aimed at reducing the impact of the built environment on nature and the environment.
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