Zecc Architecten and the Oneplanetarchitecture institute (OPAi) of Thomas Rau not only renovated a monumental villa in Driebergen but also turned it into the first energy-neutral monument in the Netherlands. Zecc has now won the North-West/Central regional prize for the BNA Building of the Year. Architectural studio RAU was commissioned by OPAi to develop the energy concept for this energy-neutral monument.
In a true team effort, OPAi works on the realisation of new national Panda Houses for the WWF. The first pilot project are in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). The Panda Houses are a manifestation of One Planet thinking and a gift for the world celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World Wild Fund for Nature.
As part of the concept to turn an existing restaurant into an energy neutral one, OPAi, RAU and Boon Edam have developed the world’s first energy producing revolving door. When you enter the La Porte restaurant at Driebergen railway station (NL), you produce energy yourself.
For the Dutch Government Buildings Agency (Rijksgebouwendienst), OPAi is working on an integrated analysis of various objects in their portfolio. We investigate whether the ‘oneplanetarchitecture perspective’ can improve the Agency’s maintenance programs.
See also Rijksgebouwendienst
Oxy-Hydrogen gas is one of the main fuels of the future. Basically, it is water turned into a gas by the use of electricity. The process and the resulting flame are CO2-free. OPAi works on an installation that generates heat and electricity in buildings and has filed for patent.