KWS completes Schiphol Trade Park as world’s first business park with a Madaster material passport

  1 September 2020  |    News

Schiphol Trade Park in Hoofddorp, an SADC development project, is the first business park in the world to have been completed with a Madastar material passport. Contractor KWS was responsible for the construction of the business park’s infrastructure, as well as its registration with Madaster. Madaster director Martijn Oostenrijk and Frank Groot, director of KWS Infra Amsterdam-Utrecht, symbolically handed over the material passport to Rob de Wit of SADC on 31 August 2020.

By providing Schiphol Trade Park with a Madaster material passport, KWS is helping to maintain the value of the business park by recording all key information for the future. The Madaster material passport is a database that stores information about the identity of a building, object or work of art and their underlying materials, with the aim of stimulating the careful use of resources so that waste and wastage is reduced.

Circular examples
Examples of the types of circular products recorded in the material passport include the biobased paving materials that contain miscanthus (elephant grass) and the 100% recycled asphalt that is produced by KWS’ HERA System. In this way, KWS is ensuring that the business park is and will remain circular, not only today but in the future. It is an excellent contribution to the sustainable ambitions of both KWS and SADC, who have aimed to make Schiphol Trade Park the most sustainable and innovative business park in Europe.

“Together with KWS and SADC, Madaster shows that it’s possible to create a material passport for an entire business park. It’s a great result in which the client, SADC, and sustainable builder KWS are securing the materials used in Schiphol Trade Park for future use. In addition to providing passports for buildings, this is a first step for Madaster to also do the same for infrastructural construction projects. This beautiful project deserves a follow-up with yet broader application,” says Madaster’s director Martijn Oostenrijk.

Madaster material passport
Besides stimulating the (re)use of resources and reducing waste and wastage, the Madaster material passport also provides insight into the way in which materials have been processed, can be disassembled, their market value and future salvage value, and the level of circularity. This information better facilitates the high-quality reuse of materials at the end of the lifespan of a building, object or work of art, and the products they are comprised of.

Madaster, including the material passport, is a public platform for the entire real estate sector. This gives everyone the opportunity to utilise the platform so that materials can be reused in a high-quality manner and are easy to maintain. KWS and SADC see Madaster as a valuable link in working towards a future-proof and circular society. Many other KWS projects also already work with the Madaster material passport.