From Sixties-style bank branch to ultimate sustainable showcase

ABN AMRO office at Bagijnenstraat 2 in Alkmaar

ABN AMRO’s branch at Bagijnenstraat 2 in Alkmaar used to be an average bank branch. Until we decided, with the Green Team of sustainability initiative Green Quest, to change it into a sustainable showcase.

The choice for this particular branch was an easy one, as it was ideal for a sustainable makeover. Big (some 5000 m2), conspicuous location, largely obsolete installations and plenty of room for solar panels on the roof.

Completely energy neutral

Using a range of sustainable technologies, ABN AMRO’s Alkmaar branch was made completely energy neutral. Unique in Alkmaar and the wider area. The changes are expected to fully pay for themselves within seven years.

Bank branch blueprint for further greening

One of the targets in the Energy Agreement between the Dutch Government, NGOs and the business community is to reduce the energy consumption of the total built environment to 62 petajoule between 2012 and 2020. If the lessons of Alkmaar are applied nationwide (both in and outside ABN AMRO), that would take us halfway there.

ABN AMRO is responsible for its own impact. Alkmaar is to be the blueprint for the greening of other ABN AMRO-branches. And other Dutch real estate owners have a right to copy: our relationship managers freely share all the relevant information with the market. ABN AMRO Real Estate is leveraging our knowledge to realise its 2017 targets: thirty per cent of the portfolio with energy label A, 300,000 square metres of unoccupied real estate sustainably renovated and financing for thirty Green Landmarks.

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