The green future
Dear reader, Spring is in the air! Outside, the world is becoming greener again. Keeping an eye on the future, it is of the utmost necessity that we too become greener. From 2050 onwards, the Netherlands wants to be a circular economy. That’s uncharted territory. Which is why this issue is fully focused on the future.
In this issue, we put three young minds with ideas about sustainability and circularity in the construction industry In the Spotlight. Their ideas range from a dating website for construction materials to houses made from demountable ‘Lego blocks’.
Lighting designer Erik de Wildt. Photography: Greetje Mulder / Film set: ‘Zee van Tijd (2021).
We want to think together with the client or the user of our products. How can you make sure you use the right lighting? We’ve got the knowledge and love to share it. Collaborating with the construction industry is a beautiful and necessary transition. Joining forces instead of top down development. Director of Sustainability Katrin Discher shares the latest developments in the world of lighting. And you’ll find an interview with Edwin van Noort of Dutch Green Building Council in this issue. He shares what’s necessary to set up a sustainable, BREEAM certified project and how he thinks about circular construction.
Lookbook: from factory building to modern office.
In the Lookbooks, you’ll find the city of Mechelen. This municipality is motivated to be a trailblazer when it comes to climate goals and transitioning to light as a service instead of a product. Service models are an important part of the circular transition. The city’s lighting has been replaced by sustainable and high-quality LED lights. Moreover, the manufacturer takes care of the service and maintenance costs. So it cuts multiple ways: Mechelen’s carbon footprint has been reduced, their energy bill shrunk and the city doesn’t have to worry about the upkeep of their lighting. Are you curious to see the effects of light with your own eyes? You are welcome at our Light Campus in Amersfoort. I wish you much reading pleasure! Willem Dammers Managing Director TRILUX Benelux