Sustainable housing solutions in Amsterdam

Many Amsterdam businesses are pushing the envelope in the housing sector by developing new circular, sustainable, flexible and often modular ways of living. And there are numerous highly interesting developments happening in and around Amsterdam, too. Buiksloterham is one such example: a large scale future-proof redevelopment of a former industrial and port area. It is being transformed into a neighbourhood with homes, offices and creative studios, all according to circular principles and ideas. Construction and technology firms are working closely with architects and material experts to determine where the materials and components used for the buildings and roads will be reused later. In addition, biologists and biotechnologists are experimenting with natural methods for keeping surface water and ground clean.

Revolutionary self-sustaining living

No less than the village of the future – that’s what ReGen Villages is working on. The company is devising self-sustaining settlements that integrate organic food growing and are energy-positive. An infrastructure using the Internet of Things leads to surplus energy, food and water. ReGen Villages is presenting a pilot project in Almere in 2017. This town in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is also hosting the World Expo Floriade 2022, a horticultural exhibition entirely dedicated to green and sustainable living that takes the form of a green neighbourhood in the making. Visitors can witness the future neighbourhood as it is being built.

Flexible and modular

Amsterdam-based Finch Buildings develops and builds wooden modular buildings that are highly adaptable. According to individual functional and spatial requirements, the blocks can be combined to form any kind of building, from student accommodation through care homes to holiday apartments and hotels. Sustainability, circularity, health and flexibility are the principles at the basis of the business. Similarly, Sustainer Homes provides self-supporting and sustainable residences and holiday homes. But instead of building them from scratch, it converts old shipping containers and uses as much recycled material as possible. The resulting homes can be moved anywhere within two days, upholding the new ideals of flexibility and ease.