(ID:189) Green, city…atmosphere...stimulate fauna

Tauw Group
Tauw is an independent European consulting and engineering company specialised in the design, improvement and management of the natural environment, built-up environment and infrastructure.

AddressHandelskade 11, 7417 DE, Deventer, The Netherlands
URLhttp://www.tauw.com/
ContactNaomi Keijser, Project Leader, naomi.keijser@tauw.nl
Line of industryConsulting and Design services; Financial services; Research
Area of expertiseDesign; Construction; Sustainability; Power generation and conversion; Installations
Sizemore than 1000 employees

Role of company/organisation

Tauw is an expert and leading company in the field of environmental consultancy, spatial development, civil engineering and the monitoring of environmental quality. In these fields a prominent reputation has been acquired in studies and design. We are used to working in multidisciplinary teams on projects for a broad range of clients: public authorities, private companies and non-governmental organisations. State of the art expertise on content and understanding of the local context are the pillars of our consultancy. Tauw’s vision is that the best solutions come from passionate cooperation at an early stage of the planning process.

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Green and the city The heavily urbanized downtown area of the Municipality of Eindhoven looks gray: there are many buildings and little to no green. The tall buildings, paved roads and square reflect and absorb sunlight. This process is known as the urban heat island effect: it causes significantly higher temperatures than its surrounding areas on summer days Tauw has developed a model to make this effect visible. Insight in heat island locations can help to take effective measures to increase the quality of life in the city. Included in the annex is the map Tauw produced of the “Heat Stress” in Eindhoven. This problem can easily be solved by taking the following measures: - Changing the Stadhuisplein into a park will create a cool oasis in the city center in the vicinity of the shopping area. The park will be landscaped with many different types of greenery and a variety of Dutch trees such as willow, oak and beech. As a shrub layer is also important for the green character of the park, both a herb layer and a shrub layer will be realized. - Creating differences in height in the park will result in an attractive place to relax. A children’s playground will be constructed from natural materials only. Specially designed fences will separate the park from the road which will provide more security for the children. - The buildings in the center of Eindhoven consist mainly of concrete. By implementing ecological measures in the renovation plans of the buildings, the urban ecology will also be stimulated. By realizing green walls and roofs, the buildings will also get a sustainable image. The green atmosphere in the city center provides a relaxing and positive image to the people and will provide shadow and coolness. Measures to stimulate fauna in the area are also implemented. The facades of buildings are suitable for nesting boxes and abodes for bats. The neighboring area will be landscaped so as to make sure the nesting boxes and abodes will be occupied. Consider some rows of trees, berry-bearing shrubs, flight route, food and shelter. The ecological measures contribute to a green image of the City of Eindhoven and provide added value for tenants, buyers or investors of municipal buildings.

Illustrating fileTauw-Green and the city.pdf
Type of ideacombination of product and service
Category of ideadesign
Enabling conditionsTauw must be involved in the development of the plans in an early stage.

Stage of development

Proven innovation: it has been used in practice on a small scale.

Substantiation stage of development

From 2010 onwards Tauw is being asked as a specialist to prepare plans for different ecological measurements for flora and fauna for the purpose of BREEAM-NL certification in urban areas. Dozens of these plans are have already been implemented.

Provability contribution to sustainability

Proven contribution to sustainability; this has been shown in practice.

Step in the right direction

The green atmosphere in the city center provides a relaxing and positive image to the people and will provide shadow and coolness. The ecological measures will stimulate urban ecology.

Flexible idea

This idea is flexible because the appropriate measures will be determined in consultation with the principal, the developer and the contractor. The ecological measures do not have an irreversible impact on the environment.

Good investment

The ecological measures contribute to a green image of the city of Eindhoven and provides added value for tenants, buyers or investors of municipal buildings. The green atmosphere in the city center provides a relaxing and positive image to the people and will provide shadow and coolness.

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