BREEAM is an internationally recognized certification method for measuring and assessing the sustainable character of the museum building and how it is managed and used. Other museums in the Netherlands have previously obtained the certificate for one or more categories of this certification method, but never such a high score in all categories. With this achievement the museum emphasizes its ambition to be the greenest museum in the Netherlands, with regards to the environment in which the Kröller-Müller is located.
BREEAM-NL in-Use assesses the building, management and usage on the basis of nine categories: management, health, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land usage and ecology and pollution. The museum achieved the maximum score in the category land usage and ecology. This demonstrates the museum’s concern for the immediate surroundings.
In recent years, the Kröller-Müller has replaced all the mechanical installations with sustainable and energy-efficient variants. This ensures an energy reduction of over 20%. In addition, the museum generates its own energy with solar panels. The use of drinking water decreases annually and all air travel has been offset as of 2019.
Since 2017, the museum has strived to reduce its CO2 footprint by at least 2% annually, which has been achieved every year so far. In the coming years, the museum will endeavour to reduce its waste traffic and further improve the museum’s environmental performance.