Infinity is an example for builders, architects, engineering firms and contractors. We want to inspire, offer possibilities, be a living lab for new visions and no less than 10 different techniques.
Sustainable building starts with sustainable materials. When building our office, we deliberately selected sustainable options with regard to:
The drive to minimise environmental impact is reflected in our efficient transport solutions. For example, we have made various provisions which make active modes of transports more attractive and which promote the sustainable use of cars
At Infinity we do not use fossil fuels such as oil, gas or coal to generate energy. We wish to produce electricity in a sustainable way with the help of solar power, wind energy and combined bio-heat and power generation:
Infinity also has a few ideas for preventing and sorting waste as efficiently as possible.
We reduce both light and heat pollution with our applications, and save a lot on our electricity bill:
So to heat and cool the Infinity building, Encon, together with other partners developed a more efficient, more comfortable and healthier solution: combined bio-heat and power generation. With this new and innovative system we heat the building by means of ice buffering from ice bunkers. Ice bunkers are large concrete pits in the ground filled with water and fitted with a system of pipes. A heat pump extracts heat from the water which causes the water to slowly freeze. This energy is then used to heat the offices. The ice is subsequently used in summer to keep the offices cool. In this sense, ice buffering operates like a thermal battery.
These intelligent systems not only increase the comfort levels inside the building, but also the well-being of our employees. What’s more, we gain a better insight into the use of the office and are able to manage the entire consumption of energy.
With this project we focus on ensuring that the building fits as closely as possible into the water cycle of the surrounding environment:
By operating in an energy-efficient manner and by selecting sustainable materials, we minimise damage to the environment as far as possible. We use materials, energy, transport and space as deliberately as possible.
In addition, all the architectural and technical aspects of the building contribute to the comfort of its users:
Furthermore, the measures laid out in ‘The New Way of Working’ guarantee the health and well-being of our occupants.
We gain a better insight into the use of office buildings with the help of smart systems. These systems provide detailed data on which rooms are used and when. Where necessary, this enables us to selectively reduce the levels of light, heating or cooling or skip unnecessary cleaning rounds when nobody has been in the room.
By checking energy consumption, we can operate in an economical and cost-efficient way.
As we see the building as a living showroom of innovative techniques, Encon is aware of using different techniques for heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and power generation. In constructing the building, we have observed that we can easily replace technologies with more innovative, environmentally and energy-friendly alternatives when it appears to be necessary.