Every day, as a matter of course, we make use of the infrastructure and buildings built by the construction and engineering sectors. Construction makes a crucial contribution to our society. The quality and effectiveness of the building & construction sector determines the strength of our economy and the vitality of the environment in which we live.
Energy in the built environment
The built environment in our country must be energy-neutral by 2050. Building & construction will contribute to making our society more sustainable by 2050 through:
- the building of new, energy-neutral or even energy-producing houses
- sustainable renovation of existing housing and offices
- the creation of the necessary networks and local energy infrastructure for this purpose
- making the residential and office building sectors fully circular.
Read more about energy in the built environment.
The existing infrastructure is becoming obsolete. Through innovation and research TNO contributes to the maintenance, repair and renovation of the existing infrastructure. TNO thus contributes to future-proof roads, locks, bridges and tunnels.
Read more about infrastructure.
Building quality, innovation and field labs
Many innovative ideas are generated in the building & construction industry. By sharing knowledge and providing advice, TNO helps to make these ideas a reality. We work together with our partners and customers in field labs. Good examples of this are:
- Monitoring systems on the Brienenoord Bridge and Bridge 705 in Amsterdam to determine the remaining lifespan of bridges.
- BuildinG in Groningen, where work is being done with Hanze University of Applied Sciences on the development of reinforcement techniques for earthquake-resistant construction.
- Nero Zero house in Heerhugowaard, where innovative ventilation and climate systems are demonstrated for affordable energy-neutral housing.
Read more about building innovation.
The Dutch greenhouse sector is at the forefront of the construction of high-tech horticultural greenhouses for fresh vegetables and flowers. High-tech greenhouses are in themselves becoming an important export product, in addition to the vegetables and flowers that grow in them. TNO supports the greenhouse construction sector with knowledge and innovations to strengthen its leading position in the world.
Read more about greenhouse horticulture.
Sensors developed by TNO to listen to crack propagation
Infrastructure in the Netherlands
The Dutch infrastructure consists of (rail) roads and structures, such as locks, bridges and tunnels. This infrastructure carries our society and economy. While the existing infrastructure is obsolete,...
Sustainable buildings: towards an energy producing built environment
Energy consumption in Europe is increasing and fossil fuels are running out. Approximately 40% of the energy consumption occurs within the built environment. This must be completely energy-neutral in...
Innovation in building & construction through knowledge sharing and advice
Innovative ideas are constantly being generated in the building & construction industry. By developing knowledge and providing advice, TNO helps building & construction companies, suppliers and...
Greenhouse horticulture: making it more sustainable with data- driven business operations
Greenhouse horticulture is an important engine of the Dutch economy. The glass greenhouse with its technical installations has become an important export product. Each year Dutch suppliers export 2.5...
Digitisation in construction
Accelerating existing digital developments and starting up new digital developments. These are just some of the ambitions of TNO’s Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime business unit. To this end, TNO...
License agreement on innovative cool bricks in Malawi