Climate & water

Connecting water, nature and people

Ecology is a concept that is deeply embedded in our DNA and connects the different domains. For us, it is an interaction between fauna, flora, people and the environment. Our goal is to bring those elements closer together. In every project. One way we do this is by creating green-blue networks. We also focus on biodiversity and climate adaptation from the early stages of design. This is how we help build the environment of tomorrow that is future-proof.

Our approach is based on arcology, where architecture and ecology go hand in hand. This gives assignments – which may seem purely infrastructural in nature – a distinctive added value at all scale levels. We offer integrated solutions with attention to the social context, economy and ecology at every stage of the development process.

Ecological tools, legal know-how

By using our expertise and cooperation, we maximise spatial quality for each project within its environment. This can be achieved by constructing separate sewage systems. This reduces the burden on wastewater treatment plants and minimises the risk of flooding. It also saves energy. With the construction of green (roofs) or ecological buffer basins, we achieve a positive balance in the BAF+ indicator. In this way, we also create biological added value for an area while providing infiltration and buffering. For each assignment, we always conduct a thorough analysis to find the best solution for a specific area. This is all handled with respect for the stated objectives, the resilience of the landscape and the needs of all users.

Besides our technical design knowledge, we also deploy our legal know-how of the policy framework. Moreover, we team up with partners such as the Agency for Nature and Forests. Our environmental experts, spatial planners and landscape architects are engaged in various projects regarding nature inventories and analyses.

Sustainable Development Goals

The starting point for every project is adding value to society. We do this by screening each project according to the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. To this end, we have an internal team that examines not only the added value of a project itself, but also its sustainability. At the end of each project, we perform a screening on six parameters: circularity and materials (CM), participation and accessibility (PT), biodiversity and environment (BM), multifunctionality and adaptability (MA), safety and health (VG), energy and climate adaptation (EK). This is how we draw important conclusions for future assignments which adds significant value to the entire process, from analysis and draft design over detailed materials to techniques during procurement and more.