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WORLD PREMIERE: Brussels Tivoli district achieves highest BREEAM Communities score


The Tivoli district of Brussels (Laeken) is developing into a sustainable, lively neighbourhood. This transformation was commissioned by and developed by Parbam: an association consisting of the partners Pargesy and Immo BAM (now Kairos).

Parbam appointed Bopro as BREEAM-assessor in order to develop a very sustainable project and to obtain a BREEAM Communities certificate. Within this assignment, Bopro maximised the sustainability of the project by having a good knowledge of the BREEAM certification schemes and the necessary points of attention. Solving the client’s concerns was key. As sustainability director, Bopro provides methodologies to coordinate the complex workflows between the organisations and to integrate and communicate design decisions and execution implementation between the different parties and towards BRE.

The district has now been completed and BRE awarded the project an Outstanding certificate. This is the highest level that can be achieved within the certification scheme. What’s more, Tivoli achieved the best BREEAM Communities score worldwide with a score of 95%. The certificate is also the first, and for the time being the only, BREEAM Communities certificate in the BENELUX.

The Tivoli neighbourhood in Laeken includes several functions: 397 dwellings (mix of 271 affordable and 126 social housing units), 7 commercial spaces, 2 crèches, 1 space for the City of Brussels’ public cleanliness cell, 291 underground car parks and space for more than 650 bicycle parking spaces. All the functions are connected to the newly constructed streets, squares and courtyards, which also function as biodiversity laboratories.

In this way, Tivoli forms the redevelopment of an undeveloped site, and now creates the link between the industrial zone of the Port of Brussels and an existing, dense residential area in Laeken. It was a major challenge to weave the new district into the already existing densely populated and mixed urban environment. Citizen participation was central to this project: a sustainability charter was co-signed by the residents, thus establishing a number of objectives and agreements.

The Tivoli neighbourhood is also a model project in terms of building techniques and energy management. All the buildings on the site are passive and 30% of the homes meet the zero energy criteria. 5 waste sorting sites, 424 kW peak solar panels, one central boiler room, 10 vegetable gardens and various green roofs, 10 water infiltration basins, 5 rainwater and 10 greywater recovery tanks and a 90m² experimental greenhouse make Tivoli a smart and ecological district.

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