The University of Amsterdam(UvA) is one of the leading research universities in Europe. A modern university with a long, rich history (going back to 1632). In recent years, the university has combined teaching and research at four lively city campuses, including the University Quarter in the heart of Amsterdam’s city centre.

Sustainability is one of the central tenets of the development of open urban campuses, both during construction and later during the use of the buildings. UvA is developing and managing its campuses with respect for man and the environment through sustainable construction. This involves:

  • energy efficient construction;
  • a healthy indoor climate;
  • choice of materials;
  • preventing the exhaustion of raw materials;
  • responsible water consumption

The energy transition means the University of Amsterdam faces additional challenges. Specifically in the areas of energy supply and energy consumption, and in relation to the realisation of the University Quarter in particular. By taking part in the challenge, UvA wishes to make a contribution to the development of approaches and methods that can be applied in historic city centres – for example in the University Quarter.