The Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to contribute to a sustainable society. Sustainability plays an important role in the campus development. In order to measure the sustainability of projects the university has chosen to use the BREEAM-NL methodology. BREEAM-NL is the instrument to measure and assess the sustainability of newly built and existing building, area development and also the sustainability of demolition projects. The university has the ambition to acquire an official certification according to BREEAM-NL for the renovation of the Tinbergen building.

For the future demolition of buildings the EUR will investigate if it is possible to follow the guidelines of the BREEAM-NL Demolition and Disassembly method.  The Erasmus University Rotterdam would like to distinguish itself by making a tangible contribution to the circular economy by a sustainable demolition process.

BREEAM-NL is an assessment tool to determine the sustainability performance of buildings. BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. There are 5 rating levels expressed as stars: Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

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Tinbergen building: BREEAM-NL Excellent

For the large scale renovation of the Tinbergen building the university has chosen to aim at a BREEAM-NL certificate rating of Excellent. During the design phase the intention is to be awarded with a Design Interim Certificate. On finalising the project a Post Construction certificate will be acquired. More information can be found in the project document (in Dutch).

ELENA subsidy

As first university in Europe the Erasmus University Rotterdam has been granted a European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) subsidy. In the period 2016-2018 the Erasmus University will receive a maximum amount of 2.7 million Euro from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help realise the ambition of realising a sustainable campus. The ELENA programme provides financial support for the successful executing of large projects on energy efficiency and sustainability. With the support technical assistance, advice and managerial capacity can be employed.


To reach this goal six buildings, among which the iconic Tinbergen building, will be made as energy efficient as possible.


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