Where does the bank stand according to BAM?

ABN AMRO is committed to making buildings more sustainable. With its circular pavilion Circl, the bank is setting a good example.

As part of its Mission 2030, ABN AMRO is seeking to motivate clients to improve their environmental footprint. The bank wants to raise the energy efficiency of its entire real estate portfolio to an average energy label A by 2030. And the bank itself is setting a good example. When developing plans for a new pavilion outside its head office in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, it opted for circular construction. This means that all materials can be re-used if the pavilion is ever pulled down.

Examples of circular construction are recycling old jeans and incorporating them as insulation material, and re-using facades from a demolished building. Part of the pavilion is used by ABN AMRO; other areas are open to the public. Circl has a roof garden and rooftop terrace.

BAM was the project’s main building contractor. The contractor learned a lot from building Circl and hopes to be able to apply the lessons learned in future projects. As does ABN AMRO. The bank is keen to share the knowledge it has acquired with other parties in order to promote the implementation of circular economy models.

In this edition of ‘Where does the bank stand?’ Petran van Heel, Sector Banker for the construction industry, and Nick Jaring, project leader at BAM Bouw & Techniek, discuss the lessons both parties have learned from this project.