Wonderwoods is a smart green building, incorporating smart design and technology wherever possible. The building delivers comfort for users, at the lowest possible cost and with the lowest environmental impact. Total personal control and well-being is the goal. The building is automatically regulated but users are stimulated to minimize their environmental impact via information updates on smart, eco-friendly, displays. The smart design features include:
- Demand-driven installations (ventilation, heating, cooling and lighting);
- Efficient transportation of warmth and cooling internally, between the building’s various functions;
- Underground thermal energy storage
Rainwater is collected in a buffer system and re-used for irrigation. It also serves to cool the building by buffering on the multiple roofs and gardens. The use of ‘virgin’ materials will be minimalized, supporting circularity. The most striking measures are the recycling hub, material passport, innovative installation concept and waste separation during the use of the building.
Wonderwoods has a progressive mobility plan. The developer and municipality of Utrecht have formulated a joint ambition to reduce car use by maximizing the application of mobility solutions and public transport facilities. This includes the provision of an (electric) car sharing concept and extremely user-friendly bicycle parking (with e-bikes and e-scooters). Double use of the parking spaces in the parking garage is part of the innovative usage of mobility and space. All usage and traffic is worked out in a comprehensive mobility plan.