NIOO has a main building with laboratories and offices. Behind this building are grounds with greenhouses, trial ponds and many other research facilities. This spot is a testing ground for eco-technology, such as an experimental green roof, innovative use of solar power and a different approach to waste water treatment.
Cradle to Cradle philosophy has been an important source of inspiration for the building. The ambition is to close as many different cycles (energy, water, nutrients) as possible. This can be done thanks to new – not yet fully developed – techniques in the areas of energy generation, sustainable energy use, water treatment technology, material selection and CO2 emissions. Maximizing biodiversity within the grounds was another important consideration. Together, these points make up what may be called ‘integrated sustainability’, going far beyond a focus on just one or two individual aspects.
The building has become an architectural eye-catcher that showcases the ecological research within its grounds. As one of the most sustainable buildings in the Netherlands, it is often held up as an example. NIOO is happy to share its experiences, in the form of ‘lessons learned’ during the construction progress, the information on this website and through personal exchanges.
All buildings on Wageningen Campus have a unique building number or letter. Signs with directions to the various locations of the numbered buildings are placed along all major access roads to Wageningen. A route description to the individual buildings is available near the location. The building number of NIOO is B.