SAFE-ICE Schiedam Workshop

On the 3rd and 4th of November the SAFE-ICE project organized a workshop series in Schiedam; the workshop took place at the DCMR the Environmental Protection Agency of local and regional authorities in the Rijnmond region, in The Netherlands.

3rd November – Workshop on Sustainable Business Park Management

Purpose: using BID and BIZ for sustainable business park management

BIZ and BID are forms of organising companies. The setting up of BIZ and BID gives opportunities to use earmarked tax-money for specific purposes supporting these companies. The BIZ in the Netherlands was set up to improve safety and environment. The Dutch ideas will now be used to in masterclasses in Belgium with industrial associations as an example to promote low-carbon economy. A Dutch expert from the Schiedam business association has been invited to share the ideas on BIZ with the Belgium business associations representatives.

The first part of the workshop has been dedicated to keynotes speaker who shared their knowledge on sustainable business parks and gave insights on the main implementation barriers for sustainable business parks.

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4th November – Using the DCBAΏ-method

Purpose: using the DCBA-Ώ method for sustainable property calculations: explanation, properties, use opportunities and evaluation of results

The DCBA-omega model (Schiedam Omega Model) is an instrument for calculating the property value, the sustainability level and the economic perspective of a company before and after low-carbon economy investments. This model is in development. It is only instrument we know that combines the possibility of comparing investment in sustainable or low-carbon materials with the value of the property after 30 years, using a total-cost of ownership-calculation tool. This is important because many business decide on the basis of investment potential (and return on investment), and not what it will have as economic effect for the business in the following 30 years. This specifically is very important when decisions are expected for investment in new buildings (with efficient resource use), renewable energy production and decisions on demolition/rebuilding vs renovation.

The model has been explained, used and assessed. The result of this workshop will lead to an improved version of the model. A test of the model is planned in Belgium and in England.