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Sustainability was an important aspect during the construction of Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam Zuidas, which included the BREEAM Outstanding certification. This certificate is the highest attainable sustainability certificate. The purpose was to build BREEAM Outstanding and we succeeded! In addition, our hotel was the first who achieve this classification. Which made us very proud.

The responsibilities in the field of BREEAM were shared by the cient, the architect, the main contractor, the main installer and the BREEAM expert. The client has expressed an opinion about sustainability and has focused this in the intended BREEAM score. The architect, main contractor and main conformed to this BREEAM score during the design and construction process. They had to demonstrate this with calculations, certificates with material specifications and other qualitative and quantitative evidence. The BREEAM expert acted as an advisor during the entire process and verified it with the BREEAM guideline.


  • We do whatever it takes
  • The highest rating on the Green Key
  • Exclusive use of LED lighting


The Building Research Establishment's Enviromental Assessment Method is the leading and most widey used assessment method to determine the sustainability performance of buildings. With this method, projects are assessed for integral sustainability. The use of this method contributes to the achievement of the following goals and objectives:
- Realizing sustainable buildings with minimal impact on the environment;
- Making it possible to distinguish buildings according to sustainability;
- Providing a credible quality mark;
- Stimulating the demand for sustainable buildings.

- Provide market recognition of buildings with low environmental impact;
- Ensuring that ''Best Practices'' are included in buildings;
- Setting standards and criteria that go beyond legal requirements and challange the market to deliver innovative solutions that optimize sustainability;
- Raising the awareness of owners, users, developers and managers of the benefits of building with a limited impact on the environment.

Innovative and environmentally design measures

We want our guests to have a unique experience in our hotel. Sustainability is an important aspect. The menu of our restaurant is organic with local products. We strive to select suppliers with an sustainable character. For example: the used paper will be FSC certified. We intend to partner with various local organizations on events or activities for the local community.

Hereby you will find the most important and innovative environmentally design measures for the building.

Floor area in m² (NEN 2580)
26.099 m2

Floor area of buidling-related outdoor spaces in m² (NEN 2580)
952 m2

Total site area in hectares

Floor surfaces according to function and their dimensions (NEN 2580)
Entrance 1.866 m2, parking 6.994 m2, restaurant 1.511 m2, conference rooms 1.659 m2, rooms 10.974 m2, wellness 187 m2. Total: 26.099m2

Parking areas in m² (NEN 2580)
Approx 1920m2: the corridors in the ward house and the through walkways to the conference restaurand and lobby are low

Storage areas in m² (NEN 2580)
Approx 660 m2 incl de linnenkamers en koel-en vriescellen

% surface area of land intended for use by the (local) communitiy (after adjusting the situation drawing)
11%, Approx 2873m2 for use in the lobby, brasserie, restaurants and sky bar.

% Surface of building used by the (local) community
10%: meeting rooms with 741,2 m2
(accommodation based on preliminary design, will be adjusted as soon as the final design is know)

Expected energy use in kWh/m² BVO
Approx. 86 kWh/m² BVO

Expected fossil fuel consumption in kWh/m² BVO
Approx 34 kWh/m² BVO

Expected consumption of renewable energy sources in kWh/m² BVO
Approx 45 kWh/m² BVO

Expected water consumption m3/person/day
Approx 0,2 m3/persoon/dag

Technische solutions
Energy generation
Source installation

  • Heating by heat pump technology, 35-45 degrees
  • Cooling by heat pump technology, 8-18 degrees

Tap water:

  • High temperature heat pump
  • Linking hot tap water to residual heat from cooling and freezing technology

Air treatment:

  • Hotel rooms: with HR cross-flow heat recovery
  • Meeting rooms: with heat recovery through absorption heat wheel with CO2 control
  • Restaurant/kitchen: Inlet with heat recovery from kitchen exhaust air, extraction via kitchen hoods

Heating/ cooling:

  • Hotel rooms: 4-pipe fan coil unties for cooling and heating controllable per room
  • Meeting rooms/restaurant:
    • Heating: convectors/ radiators/ fan convectors/ climate ceilings
    • Cooling: Fan coil units/ climate ceilings / air treatment
    • The lighting is carried out with energy-efficient lamps, with LED lighting as much as possible. All fluorescent lighting is equipped with high-frequency control gear.

Design measures

  • Low temperature heating and cooling (ATES)
  • Air treatment with heat recovery and CO2 control
  • Linking hot tap water to residual heat from cooling and freezing technology
  • Daylight and presence switches in lighting
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting and fluorescent lighting with high-frequency ballasts
  • Rainwater drainage from the building ends up in public water
  • PV panels
  • Application of FSC wood