Europe’s most sustainable office building breaks ground in Bilzen
Encon has broken ground on its new headquarters in Limburg, which will be one of Europe’s most sustainable buildings, creating more energy than it consumes
‘On the world map’
Encon is equipping its new headquarters with a photo-voltaic installation, solar panels and its own wind turbine, which will allow it to produce much more energy than it will consume. The Flemish company, with headquarters already in Bilzen, is a specialist in energy applications.
Once complete, the building – dubbed Infinity – will be home to not only Encon but to a number of start-ups working in the energy and sustainability sectors. The building will also provide space for an international energy training centre, turning it into what the company called “a living laboratory where new techniques can be explored and exhibited”.
“Company headquarters and office buildings are leading the way in the field of energy applications,” said Tommelein (pictured). “Encon is showing with Infinity what is possible, while at the same time acting as a knowledge centre and laboratory. Encon is putting Flanders on the world map for energy applications.”
Photo courtesy Encon
new wind turbines created in Flanders in 2013
million kilowattage of green energy in 2012
percentage of green energy used in Flanders in 2012