As early as during the design of the third phase of the new-build neighbourhood, Heijmans and construction company Van de Hulst decided to call in NL Greenlabel. Thanks to this collaboration, Heijmans can develop its plans in an even more sustainable manner. Residents benefit as well. Lodewijk: “We organise workshops for Hooghkamer home owners, during which we teach them to landscape their gardens in a conscious and responsible manner. This way Heijmans and NL Greenlabel try to intertwine the public and private outer space. “Our aim is to create a neighbourhood where the development of the community and nature go hand in hand and strengthen one another. With nature adding value to the neighbourhood.
For many years already, Lodewijk has been committed to making companies in the green sector, such as gardeners, growers and suppliers, more sustainable. He entices consumers to live a healthy lifestyle through his platform 247Green.nl and is ambassador of the Stichting Natuurwijs, Trees for All and De Vlinderstichting.
In 2012 he founded NL Greenlabel with his partner Nico Wissing. “NL Greenlabel is an integral certification which provides municipalities, housing corporations, as well as builders, insight into the level of sustainability of their plans for residential neighbourhoods, areas and gardening products.
By having NL Greenlabel assess new Heijmans projects, Heijmans aims to show clients and residents how they are creating futureproof areas. By taking measures in projects that enhance biodiversity, Heijmans is playing a part in creating a healthy residential and living environment. Through this collaboration, both parties are giving an extra boost to nature inclusive development.
Lodewijk: “We help by checking the level of sustainability of all materials that are applied in the infrastructure and public space of residential areas. As a result, clients and builders get a better insight into water resistance, climate adaption, heat stress reduction and in general: health.”
NL Greenlabel consists of a hard core of ten specialists and eight scientists, who, together with two hundred partners – ranging from growers to engineers – cover every ‘green’ aspect of area development. Steven: “Together with scientists and engineering agencies we came up with the sustainability passports and labels for areas, plants and related products.”
“We assess a plan or area development from a green perspective”, Lodewijk explains. Together with his team, he examines the whole chain: “Is this a native plant? How sustainable is the packaging? Which fertilisers and pesticides have been used? In what way has the public space been designed and landscaped and what is needed to maintain it? How does this building project affect the soil and water? NL Greenlabel identifies opportunities to take on a more sustainable approach and acts as a bridge between various stakeholders, such as builders, ecologists and public authorities. Our methodology serves as a green compass.”