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Sustainability

Sustainability

Our garden centers are highly innovative buildings with a minimum ecological footprint. Both in terms of material use and construction process, greenhouses are tremendously ‘green’. There is virtually no waste during the production and building process.

After a long time, the buildings can be flexibly adapted, relocated and are even recyclable. In addition, greenhouses can produce energy, even more than what they use. An application that we often encounter is the use of geothermal energy as an alternative source. Hot water is stored underground and reused for heating, cooling or other installations.

A garden center that prioritizes saving energy

Saving energy is always an integral part of our design. Given that energy prices will only rise, it is wise to take this into account right from the start.

We interpret this into various solutions, from energy-efficient forms of heating and cooling using geothermal heat, to re-using energyefficient materials in accordance with Cradle to Cradle principles. Sustainability is not only a requirement of society but also an opportunity to give your garden center a recognizable green signature.

Examples in practice

At many garden centers we generate energy ourselves using solar panels on the roof, daylight-controlled LED lighting and fully computer-controlled ventilation and screen installations.

Rainwater from the roof is collected and reused. The catchment of rainwater in the parking area is returned to the soil in doses. Abundant rainwater is collected in a swale, which is a buffer and infiltration facility that is temporarily filled with rainwater.

At Bents Garden & Home (United Kingdom) rainwater is collected from the roof and recycled for toilets and for watering all the plants. There are thermal solar panels on the roof to capture heat radiated by the sun. Geothermal pipes absorb heat from the ground and this is reused for underfloor heating.

Intratuin Zevenhuizen (the Netherlands) is one of the most modern garden centers in the Netherlands where it concerns Corporate Social Responsibility. The plastic roof consists of nine different layers. Extra-thick insulating glass is used for the façades, the gutters are insulated and use is made of a thermal energy storage plant to heat and cool the store, warehouse and greenhouses efficiently. The lighting in the entire building is energy-efficient without compromising on quality. Rainwater is also collected for watering indoor and outdoor plants. And there is even a charging point for electric bicycles.

With a surface area of 9,200 m², Plantorama Egå (Denmark) is Jutland’s largest and greenest garden center in Denmark. Plantorama Egå was built with care for the environment. The garden center has installed 650 m² of solar panels on the roof that converts sunlight into 100,000 kWh of electricity, resulting in an annual CO2 saving of 66,650 kg.

In addition, modern LED lighting has been installed across the middle section and open skylights and curtains have been installed to ensure ideal conditions for plants by consistently tempering the air. The garden center is equipped with a large water tank.

Thanks to this tank, rainwater from the roof can be collected and reused for watering plants, which reduces the garden center’s total water consumption.

Ecological footprint

We develop garden centers that impose the least ecological burden on different levels:

Energy:

  • solutions for efficient energy consumption;
  • limiting energy loss by using transparent, properly insulating materials;
  • always look for possibilities to generate energy sustainably in the garden center by: using a combined heat and power system (CHP) to return energy to the grid, thermal energy storage in the ground, solar panels, heat pumps, heater storage tanks, efficient daylight-dependent LED lighting, condensing boilers, etc.

Materials:

  • use durable and preferably local materials;
  • renewable materials;
  • full use of virtually all materials;
  • using prefabricated elements to limit the waste flow.

Construction:

  • in contrast to traditional construction methods, a greenhouse can be adapted in size. Moreover, a greenhouse can be rebuilt at another location;
  • both the greenhouse and the construction process are as good as ‘waste-free’, everything is processed;
  • construction is fast and there is little transportation which is efficient.
         
     

Smart building and IFD

To guarantee that our garden centers can withstand changes through time, we work according to the principles of Smart Building and IFD (Industrial, Flexible and Demountable building).

This means that Garden Center Advice integrates its approach to design and construction, divided into four parts: rough work, shell, installations and fittingout. We also keep account of possible changes in a building by building it using as many industrially manufactured building components as possible.

Attention is paid to installation technology both in the process and in the building. This results in a flexible building as well as a more efficient and economic construction process.

A flexible building that always ties in with your preferences!