In this day and age, excellent performance in the area of sustainability (energy conservation, reduction of CO2 emissions, effective water and waste management) are preconditions for healthy, conscious and successful business operations. The design and construction of NoMA House is based on the BREEAM Outstanding standard.

BREEAM assesses a building’s sustainability based on a wide range of aspects and factors relating to its physical structure, management and use. Amongst other aspects, this includes the building’s effective and efficient use of resources such as water and energy.




NoMA House will not only be actively controlled as a sustainable building during the design and realisation phases, but also in the operational phase. Measures have been taken at the construction site to minimise the environmental impact of the site as much as possible. After commissioning, the performance of the building-related systems and the quality of the indoor climate is continuously monitored and optimised. A screen has been placed in the entrance hall, and an explanation of the sustainable measures is displayed. Public transport information is also displayed on these screens.




NoMA House makes maximum use of natural light and the fresh air supplied to the building. This will make NoMA House a healthy building with a very high level of comfort (climate class A). The emission of harmful substances will be actively prevented through the correct use of materials inside and outside the building.




NoMA House will be continuously heated by the district heating network of Amsterdam. 100% of the heat required, will be supplied by the district heating network, which means that no fossil fuels will be used. The roofs will make maximum use of PV cells for the generation of renewable electricity. LED lighting, presence detection and daylight control will help to reduce the energy consumption even further.




Located right next to the Amsterdam Zuid Railway Station, NoMa House will be easily accessible by public transport. Ample facilities for cyclists will also be provided on-site, and there will be indoor charging points for electric vehicles too.




Water consumption will be minimised through the use of flow limiters on all taps.


Building materials


The building materials used in the construction of the NoMA House will all originate from sustainable sources. For example, the timber used will carry the FSC label. For all the materials, the environmental impact and the corresponding shadow prices are examined within the BREEAM framework.




During construction, waste flows have been separated and materials will be recycled as much as possible. The selective waste sorting and removal system will remain in place after commissioning.




The emission of pollutants from the building will be restricted as much as possible. The level of noise emitted from the building will meet the stringent requirements of BREEAM.






Aim of the innovation


Promoting healthy and good indoor air quality and reducing it energy consumption for ventilation through the application of ionisation.




The process by which oxygen atoms temporarily lose an electron a result of which there are positive and negative oxygen ions are created, or bi-polar oxygen ions. In the natural outside air will find this ionization process, rather than continuous through which outside air is purified. By artificial ionization and controlled to generate in the indoor environment can be purified indoor air of odors, mold, bacteria, volatile organic compounds and static electricity.


Aim of the innovation


Encouraging improved comfort, energy saving and CO2 reduction through the use of efficient heating and cooling by means of an infrared temperature measurement comfort in all rooms in the building are taking place.




Site area (cf. NEN 2580) 2.700 m2 GFA
Project scope (cf. NEN 2580) 18.574 m2 GFA



Office space 13.418 m2 FA
Commercial space 612 m2 FA
Parking 2477 m2 FA
Traffic area 1.618 m2 FA
Storage space 423 m2 FA



Expected energy demand 45 kWh/m2 GFA
Expected consumption of fossil fuels 0 (district heating)
Expected consumption of renewable energy sources 45 kWh/m2 GFA



Expected energy demand 40 kWh/m2 GFA
Expected consumption of fossil fuels 0 (cooling network)
Expected consumption of renewable energy sources 40 kWh/m2 GFA
Expected electricity consumption (building-related: ventilation/lighting) 23 kWh/m2 GFA
Expected consumption of renewable energy sources (PV) 1 kWh/m2 GFA
Expected water consumption 4,5 m3/person/year


Realisation 2015 – 2017
Programm circa 13.700 m2 LFA
office, conference, hospitality and retail space, as well as underground parking


Architect Dam & Partners
Sustainability consultant DWA