The Rijksmuseum is the first museum in the world to receive the highest possible sustainability score of five stars for the management of an existing building, the Amsterdam museum reports to NU.nl on Monday, 22 February.
The Rijksmuseum building, which dates from 1885, received the maximum score during certification for the BREEAM-NL In-Use sustainability label. BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method.
The international certification method for sustainability assesses, among other things, energy, water and waste. BREEAM is used in more than eighty countries, including the Netherlands.
“It is great that the Rijksmuseum has received this recognition, but it does not stop for us”, says director of the Amsterdam museum Taco Dibbits on the maximum score for the building designed by Pierre Cuypers. “We will continue to work in the coming years to contribute to a sustainable world.”
Rijksmuseum wants to be gas-free by 2030
The Rijksmuseum has announced that it wants to get rid of gas completely by 2030. In the coming years, the museum wants to reduce the use of energy by at least 2 percent annually.
Sustainability and museums
Sustainability is on the agenda of more and more museums and, like the Rijksmuseum, a number of them are BREEAM-NL In-Us certified. This month, a pilot was started on sustainability with national museums. Other museums can then also use the knowledge and skills that are acquired in this way.
There are four BREEAM quality marks: for existing buildings, new construction and renovation projects, demolition projects and for entire areas. The sustainability label for the realization of sustainable buildings with minimal environmental impact has been in use since 2009.