(ID:333) assesment addes value sustainanbility

FSA (foundation for sustainable areas)
The FSA is a non-profit organization, based in the Netherlands, that performs sustainability assessments of remarkable and innovative area developments worldwide.

AddressIndustrieweg 41a, NL-1775 PW, Middenmeer, Netherlands
ContactLonneke van den Elshout, sustainability consultant/ urban designer, info@i-fsa.org
Line of industryOther, non-profit organization
Area of expertiseDesign; Sustainability
Size1-10 employees

Role of company/organisation

FSA uses a compact assessment tool. FSA has received a subsidy from the Dutch trust for Urban Development and Architecture for the development of this framework. Information is gathered by students and preliminary results will be discussed. The tool shows the best practices, the aims, possibilities for sustainability. FSA has performed such assessments for Amsterdam Zuidas, Malmö Vastra Hammen and is currently working on Antwerp Bluegate and Abu Dhabi Masdar City. Recently FSA performed a case-study for Vancouver Univercity. To compare sustainablity worldwide possible on building and area scale. The knowlegde of studies can be used to look at the area of Eindhoven.

Opportunities for collaboration

For each assessment, FSA sets up a case-study team consisting of representatives of the local authorities, students from (local) universities or research centers, and local businesses. All three parties have different interests, but what they all benefit from is the fact that by working together, they are able to see the sustainable environment aims and goals that they are part of.

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Foundation for Sustainable Area development adds: - Vision (sustainable city): ‘To compare sustainable area developments worldwide using one assessment method, will not only give us an enormous amount of knowledge, but will also encourage people to prioritize sustainability in their future projects’. - Researchgoal: ‘To show a causality between an area’s sustainability and its (financial) value’. The possibilities, aims, goals and visability for the area. -Coorperatiom between goverment, business and university to create more value and feasibility in sustainability. (transition of government) -Collaboration, network partners such as WGBC (sustainable network)

Illustrating fileflyer fsa web.pdf
Type of ideaservice
Category of ideadesign; work flow; financial
Enabling conditionsFSA works with students, professors, planing professionals and municipalties. This is how FSA stimulates and challenges cities and developers to prioritize sustainability

Stage of development

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

Substantiation stage of development

FSA has performed such assessments for Amsterdam Zuidas, Malmö Vastra Hammen and is currently working on Antwerp Bluegate and Abu Dhabi Masdar City. Recently FSA performed a case-study for Vancouver Univercity. London is planned for april 2014

Provability contribution to sustainability

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

Step in the right direction

The tool shows aims, goals and practical options for the area and its buildings on several themes as energy, what is possible, what are the options and how to make it feasible. The FSA-framework chapters cover the following issues, divided into several criteria: - Synergy - Resources - Spatial development - Socio-economics - Climate

Flexible idea

It is a procestool to keep the project flexible on sustainable aspects, it makes is it possible to reflex and reconsider the choices made for example in the designing or realisation phase.

Good investment

It's based on the people, planet and profit theory. The outcome of the tool is made possible to put in a MKBA to show the concequences of targets. FSA charges no costs for time spent on this program or for the use of its framework. For costs made during the event itself, such as providing workspace, excursions, lectures and publication, FSA seeks funding. These costs will not exceed $4.500, - in total and will be divided between participating organizations. The project- and symposiumresults will be published publically through the FSA network worldwide.


Sustainability starts with the decision to act sustainably. Decision makers need to have knowledge on this complex topic in order to envision their sustainable future. The Foundation for Sustainable area can provide knowledge and brings authorities, business and univercity together to make an integral sustainable outcome. We would love to add Eindhoven to our list of sustainable areas and help you through your yourney of sustainability.

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