48 apartments ‘De Willem’ and ‘De Zwijger’

The Netherlands

In the southern Dutch town of Best BAM has delivered two very special and sustainable apartment blocks: the first five-storey ‘zero on the meter’ apartment buildings in the country. ‘De Willem’ and ‘De Zwijger’ (the names are a play on William of Orange, also known as William the Silent or ‘zwijger’ in Dutch) generate all the energy necessary for their 48 apartments. Solar panels on the roof as well as integrated photovoltaic cells in the specially designed façade cladding generate sufficient energy for heating, hot water and electricity for domestic use.