Except Integrated sustainability.
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Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Urban Green Scan

Service > Mapping the opportunities for beneficial green in your city

We hear a lot about it: the integration of green spaces could change our cities from dead concrete caverns to lush green paradises, with reduced pollution, local food production, and many social and health benefits. But how to achieve this in specific cities is less clear: where exactly do these opportunities lie, what is possible, how do we communicate it, and where do we start?

This service answers exactly those questions and provides guidelines for your city for establish a greener, cost effective environment.


Sustainable Office Interior

Except's sustainable work space

To demonstrate that a sustainable office interior can be exciting, affordable, and very practical we decided to make our own work space an example of just that.

The Except office in Rotterdam is located in a restored office building, which had previously stood empty for over a decade. Our renovation process brought together new ideas about collaboration, innovative material use, and exciting design.

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RGB Gebouwenportfolio Scan

Kansen voor duurzame herontwikkeling

De RGD beheert al het vastgoed van de Nederlandse overheid. Een gebouwen portfolio van die omvang bevat een groot aantal objecten die goed kunnen worden herontwikkeld tot gebouwen die positief bijdragen aan de omgeving, functie en de Overheid zelf. Samen met OnePlanetArchitecture ontwikkelden we een scan om een object snel te inventariseren, analyseren, kansen te vinden en een ontwikkelingsplan te maken.

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Wesleyan University Teaching Museum

Sustainability through flexibility

Except designed a new type of museum used for teaching with four distinct collections of artefacts, musical instuments, and prints, located in the center of the Wesleyan University Campus.

The museum has been designed for longevity, with a possible life span of over hundreds of years. Its main quality is its ability to change function over time while remaining a high quality environment for a variety of purposes. It’s flexible, exciting and features solid passive energy systems that continue to work through the ages.

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Maasterras Duurzaamheidsscan

De kansen in kaart voor een rivierstad

Dit project presenteert een structureel onderzoek naar de kansen voor duurzame innovatie voor het Maasterras voor beleid, planning, stedenbouw en architectuur als integraal gebied.

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Boston Fort Point Masterplan

Sustainable urban redevelopment

This urban redevelopment project of the Fort Point district in Boston, MA proposes a unique strategy to reduce city-wide traffic congestion, increase livability and property values and contributes significantly to the resilience of the city as a whole.

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Mooi en Duurzaam Schiebroek-Zuid

Na-oorlogse sociale woningbouw herontwikkeling

Except ontwikkelde deze visie en flexibel plan van aanpak voor het opwaarderen van de naoorlogse sociale woningbouwwijk Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam.  De integrale visie transformeert de wijk gedurende 30 jaar naar een zelfvoorzienend en duurzaam woongebied. Het past een breed scala toe van innovatieve energiesystemen, stadslandbouw, sociaal en economisch programma, en renovatietechnieken.

“Mooi en Duurzaam Schiebroek-Zuid” is ontwikkeld in opdracht van woningbouwcorporatie Vestia en het InnovatieNetwerk.

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Merredin Health Industries Spirulina Plant

Algen fabriek voor landelijke herontwikkeling

The Merredin Spirulina plant, developed in the year 2000, is one of the first projects in which we applied systems thinking and our holistic, systemic approach to innovation, using ecology as a main component.

The result is a highly unusual but stunningly effective business case for a sustainable, ecological industry to revive a desert town in Australia. 

This project is a testament to the strength of holistic, systemic approaches. For this reason, we documented the project extensively on this page, indluing the conception process, business case and design of the plant. For more detail, feel free to contact us.


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Roadmap to the BGI Manual

Bridging the knowledge gap in the field of Blue Green Infrastructures

Blue Green Infrastructures (BGI) increase the resilience of urban and rural landscapes, integrating their core functions with natural features and processes. Hurdles exist in the process of translating BGI-related knowledge and data from science to practice, and a tool that facilitates this transfer is still missing. We conducted a research in collaboration with a team of partner organizations (JNCC, IFLA Europe, BiodivERsA, and NRW), to pinpoint key preliminary knowledge to design such a tool, and collected our key findings in a report downloadable on this page.

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Except Integrated Sustainability

Tom Bosschaert

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“Except heeft uitstekende kennis, middelen en een goede werkhouding. Ze leveren realistische oplossingen voor significante verduurzaming van onze regio met innovatieve oplossingen. Het had niet beter gekund.”
-- Greg Powell
CEO Shire of Merredin, Western Australia
“Resultaten waren boven verwachting, met praktische ideeën voor onmiddellijke follow-up.”
-- Charles Hartman
Real Estate Developer, Schiphol RE