‘Without knowing it, we’re working towards a circularly built environment.’

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Bram Adema


In an interview with the Dutch Green Building Council, Bram Adema explains more about the role of CFP in making property more sustainable. How does CFP make sustainability scalable? Read the interview below.

Focus on existing buildings

For more than 15 years, Bram has been working hard with CFP Green Buildings to make existing property more sustainable. According to Adema, this is only logical. In his view, sustainable new development is no longer a challenge. In order to tackle the sustainability of property on a large scale, CFP started automating its consultancy in an online environment six years ago. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to make sustainability decisions without having to start an entire project. The tools work towards an integration of the EPC and the possibility of establishing a BREEAM score.”

Around the turn of the century, there was no interest in CO2 reduction in construction industry, that has really changed. Now there is the awareness a lot still needs to be done up to 2050. Especially if we want to work towards a circular economy. But without really knowing it, many parties are already working on this.

– Bram Adema, Founder of CFP Green Buildings

BREEAM supporter right from the start

For Adema, working with BREEAM is only natural. In addition to being the face of CFP, he is a member of the board of the Dutch Green Building Council and the Board of Experts. The fact that CFP has officially been a BREEAM supporter since 2019 seems a fairly natural consequence. Since 2012, together with DGBC, it has been organising events and the Van Gogh Museum’s certification in that year was internationally acclaimed in the press. “BREEAM is a valuable tool that contributes to making the built environment more sustainable.” At the same time, he acknowledges that there are also limitations to the current certification. Adema envisages a fully electronic version in the future, consisting of four levels: 1. a self-assessment without evidence, 2. a self-assessment with evidence, 3. a self-assessment with evidence and an auditor, and 4. a self-assessment with evidence, auditor, and certification. “So we can really scale up.”

Sustainability should not be used as a competitive advantage. The task is too big for that. That’s why we want to give everyone a chance to imitate what we do at CFP. We share our knowledge wherever possible. Our door is open to everyone.

– Bram Adema, Founder of CFP Green Buildings

Circularly built environment is possible

Every day, he sees that this increase in scale is vital. “In the run-up to 2050, we may not have moved beyond 1 to 2 percent.” He therefore considers a full circular economy to be unrealistic by that time. “It might work by 2100. But a circularly built environment in 2050, that’s something I really believe in.” He is pleased with the steps that are being taken. “Without really knowing, we’re already working towards it. Energy savings and CO2 reduction are applied on a very large scale in the built environment. We are reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and discovering ways to reuse materials or even find inexhaustible resources. I really find that encouraging.”

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