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A Dutch Architecture Firm Claims To Have Created The World’s First “Bio Façade”

The small building is clad with panels made from hemp and bio resin.

Studio Marco Vermeulen, who designed the new gas receiving station located at a food industrial park in New Prinsenland, The Netherlands, says the development of plant-based materials is important for the construction industry because oil-based materials will become scarce.

The firm believes the building signals the start of a transition to a “biobased economy”.

“The green materials will largely be based on organic residues from agriculture and horti­cul­ture.

The station, completed last year, is clad with panels made of “Nabasco”, a composite of bio resin and hemp fibre produced by NPSP Composites in Haarlem.

As an added detail the panels display the Periodic Table symbols for the elements making up natural gas, in the correct ratio: hydrogen (H), carbon (C) and nitrogen (N).

The Agro & Food Cluster in New Prinsenland is a 600-hectare development site for horticulture and agri-business in Dinteloord, 30 minutes’ drive south of Rotterdam.

Sugar Union is frontrunner when it comes to processing and reusing green waste: sugar already regains value as raw material for plastics and medicines.

The first gardeners are currently establishing in the area. Based on a design by Studio Marco Vermeulen at the edges of the AFC irrigation water basins are being constructed with beet soil remaining in the production of sugar. Ultimately, the total area will be bordered by a green sculptural cuff of water basins. A biogas installation is realized that converts vegetable waste and beet pulp into biogas which is upgraded to green gas. This green gas is being supplied to 5000 households in Dinteloord. In the near future the green gas will also be supplied to the greenhouses, where it will be converted into heat, electricity and C02. 

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