Boydens Engineering celebrates wins across various European awards
It has been a great year of success for BDNA member Boydens Engineering as it clinched multiple accolades in European building and construction awards. Its famous Tivoli Greencity neighbourhood in Laken, Belgium lauded for being possibly the most sustainable development by the BREEAM certification body, comprises 397 residential units, 770m² of commercial space and 10,000m² of public space.
This year, it clinched the title of best (semi-)public development at the Real Estate Awards organised by the Real Estate Society. This category recognises new developments that are initiated by or developed in partnership with the government with the aim of uplifting the community.
Of Tivoli’s 397 housing units, 271 are subsidised units by the City of Brussels and 126 are social housing units rented out by the Housing Corporation of the Brussels-Capital Region. And as recently as September, the City of Brussels inaugurated two new eco daycare centres in Tivoli Greencity that puts sustainability as its main focus from food to furniture, scoring another plus for the community.
At Construction21’s Green Solutions Awards 2019, Boydens also emerged as a three-time winner in Belgium and two-time winner in Luxembourg. Now in its seventh year, the awards showcase exemplary buildings, districts and infrastructure that incorporate sustainable solutions in the fight against climate change.
Tivoli Greencity won the Sustainable Construction Belgium 2019 Grand Prize and Green Building Belgium Building 2019 Award for its commitment to sustainability.
Boydens Luxembourg’s office, Weidert Estate, also won two prizes for its Avenir Residences in the Low Carbon category and Energy & Temperate Climate category.
Making it cool in Vietnam
On the other side of the world, the Vietnam office of Boydens Engineering has scored wins as well.
In a first for Vietnam, the introduction of geothermal energy – concrete core activation (radiant slab cooling) – in a research centre led to Boydens winning the Best Green Business Award in the Eurocham Business Awards 2019.
The five-floor research centre on the campus of the College of Urban Work Construction (CUWC) that is currently being constructed in Hanoi was commissioned by Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction. When completed, it will function as a centre for the application, transfer and training of green building technologies.
Other green technologies used include solar panels, a green facade and roof, rainwater recuperation and daylight sensors.
Boydens’ other work on cooling such as the reduction of cooling capacity by half at the Sao Thai Duong headquarters and designing a cooling district for the United Nations International School in Hanoi have also contributed to its nomination at the awards. (Read more about these projects here.)
Boydens also adds more gold stars to its portfolio with its work for its first five-star hotel, the Grand Mercure Van Mieu.
The hotel was upgrading from Mercure to Grand Mercure, its five-star brand, and Boydens worked towards higher energy efficiency and reduced electricity consumption by installing a water chiller for its HVAC system, despite challenges posed such as a limited floor height.