Rijnstraat 8 The Hague, Government office

Emmely de Kruijff, sustainability expert Central Government Real Estate Agency, tells about the redeveloped Government Office Rijnstraat 8 in The Hague. The design helps the government ensure a sustainable, built environment.

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(On-screen title: Rijnstraat 8, Government office. Emmely de Kruijff:sustainability expert)

(This is it: the redeveloped Rijnstraat 8, Government Office. The design helps the government ensure a sustainable, built environment. A key factor during demolition too. Almost everything was reused. The glass was recycled and returned. Follow me.)

(Emmely heads for the building's entrance. In the lobby she scans her badge to enable her to enter via the revolving glass door. She then goes up the yellow escalator.)

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(You can work here with colleagues from all government organisations.)

(On-screen text: 6,000 FTEs, 4,400 workplaces.)

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(Designed for flexitime working, a change of use would be easy too.)

(Emmely goes up the yellow escalator. The floor is a large, open space.)

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(Various innovative systems were installed so we can work in comfort. For example, a lighting plan using smart LED lighting. If no one is present or it is a clear day, the lighting adjusts automatically. Very energy efficient.)

(The ceiling lighting.)

(The system is integrated in the climate ceiling. Such extensive use of LED lighting is a first. We are now in the building's heating system. Heat is 'harvested' in these conservatory spaces.)

(The sun heats the conservatory space. An extraction system means the heat can be used in other places. The greenhouse effect is therefore put to good use.)

(She walks off. The high glass roof.)

(The roof skylights can open for natural ventilation. So the environment inside is pleasant all year round.)

(Emmely is standing by the bins.)

(We also use biogas to generate heat. Our sources of biogas include kitchen and garden waste.)

(She throws an apple core away.)

(We also have innovative toilet systems.)

(She heads for the ladies toilets. Once inside she goes straight over to the washbasins.)

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(Instead of traditional flush toilets, this building has vacuum toilets. They use substantially less water. Faecal matter is collected in a tank and used to produce biogas. Impressive technology.)

(Emmely walks up some stairs.)

(Are you coming up?)

(She carries on up the stairs, which lead to an open space with several plants. She walks on and is then standing on the roof.)

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(More energy.)

(She indicates the solar panels.)

(Experience gained here will be used at all government offices. We set an example and we can switch to sustainable solutions together. To find out more visit the Central Government Real Estate Agency's website.)

(The Dutch coat of arms, next to: Central Government Real Estate Agency. Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. On-screen text: rijksvastgoedbedrijf.nl and english.rijksvastgoedbedrijf.nl.)

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