Breeam x Hotel Jansen

Hotel Jansen is designed to accommodate international young talent who come to Amsterdam for work or study, for a day, a month or 6 months. We have 200 fully equipped rooms, a restaurant and a laundry café.

We made our hotel as sustainable as possible

Our building is heated and cooled by a so called WKO system.  This heat and cold storage system is a sustainable method of storing energy in the form of heat or cold in the soil underneath the hotel. As a result, no gas is needed to heat the building.

We have 770 solar (PV) panels on the facade, roof and awning to generate electricity.

In all our rooms we have Energy-efficient LED lighting & presence detection.

We collect rainwater for at least 24 hours in case of heavy rainfall. After collecting, the rainwater is drained into the adjacent surface water gradually.

Our air treatment with heat recovery. We control CO2 in our rooms with varying occupation, such as the clubrooms and Café Jansen).

All wood is FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council). This is the first international quality mark with strict requirements for sustainable and social forest management, supported by governments, companies and environmental organizations.


BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a widely recognized and comprehensive sustainability assessment and certification program for buildings. It originated in the United Kingdom and is used internationally to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic performance of buildings throughout their lifecycle.

BREEAM assesses various aspects of a building’s design, construction, and operation, including energy efficiency, water usage, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, ecological impact, and management processes. The assessment results in a BREEAM rating or score, which indicates the level of sustainability achieved by the building. Ratings can range from “Pass” to “Outstanding,” with “Outstanding” being the highest level of sustainability achievement. The goal of BREEAM is to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable building practices, reduce the environmental impact of buildings, and create healthier and more efficient spaces for occupants. It provides a framework for making informed decisions during the design and construction phases to ensure that buildings are built and operated with consideration for the environment and the well-being of people.

Breeam Technical data

BREEAM Score:September ’23
Gross floor area in square meters:approximately 8,000 sqm GFA
Total site area in hectares:0.094 ha

Floor area by function and dimensions (NEN 2580):

Hotel rooms (lodging function):approximately 4,130 sqm NIA
Clubrooms (assembly function): approximately 180 sqm NIA
Restaurant, laundry & office spaces (assembly function):approximately 550 sqm NIA
Car & bicycle parking garage: approximately 700 sqm NIA

Circulation spaces in square meters:

Corridor areas on the floors: 930 sqm NIA

Storage spaces in square meters:

Storage areas: approximately 80 sqm NIA

Expected energy consumption:

Total energy consumption:  136,486 kWh/year
Specific energy consumption per square meter: 17.06 kWh/sqm/year
Expected fossil fuel energy consumption:none
Expected water consumption: 19.5 m3/person/year
Expected % of water consumption from rainwater or greywater:  0%

What steps did we take to reduce environmental impact


The construction site waste was separated into 8 different waste streams, with a remarkable 94% (calculated by weight percentage) of the waste being reused through responsible collection and recycling by a certified recycling company.


Before the construction activities, a recognized ecologist prepared a report about the existing plants and animals on the construction site. Supervision during construction is maintained to consider the presence of plant and animal species. Recommendations from the ecologist, such as provisions for swifts, peregrine falcons, and songbirds, have been followed to promote sustainable cohabitation with animals.


Heat loss measurements during the commissioning phase demonstrated that the building meets design specifications for airtightness, supporting the energy performance of the building.


Heat loss measurements during the commissioning phase indicated that thermal insulation has been correctly applied, without thermal irregularities.


Construction and finishing materials used contribute to a healthy indoor air quality due to low emission of harmful substances.


At least 80% of the materials used in the main building components have a responsible origin.


The wood used for the construction site is sustainably sourced and comes from a legal origin, certified by an approved certification system.


Energy usage on the construction site is monitored and reported to raise awareness during the execution of the construction project. Additionally, solar panels have been installed on the site office to generate sustainable energy.


The contractor achieved a score of 8 with Conscious Builders, indicating their attention to employees, safety, environment, and the surroundings. Construction sites are assessed based on criteria related to these aspects.


A dedicated communal area has been reserved for the storage of recyclable waste. This eliminates the need for additional space within the individual rooms to store recyclable waste. It offers a convenient and efficient solution to keep waste separated without compromising available room space.


To encourage bicycle usage, (electric) shared bicycles have been provided on-site. This provides a convenient and sustainable way to facilitate cycling and encourages people to use bicycles as a means of transportation.


A clear and user-friendly building guide has been created. This guide is specifically designed to support non-technically inclined users of the building, allowing them to understand and efficiently interact with the building. Providing this guide promotes trouble-free building use and enhances a pleasant experience for all users.


A communal kitchen and dining area have been established. This has several sustainable benefits:

  1. Efficient Space Use: Sharing a kitchen and dining area optimizes space utilization. Instead of individual kitchens and dining spaces for each user, a communal space can be shared by multiple people, reducing the overall space required.
  2. Reduction of Resource Consumption: A communal kitchen can lead to reduced consumption of resources like appliances and furniture. Instead of individuals purchasing their own cooking equipment and furniture, sharing these resources in the communal kitchen can result in less material usage and energy consumption
  3. Social Interaction Incentive: A communal kitchen and dining area encourage social interaction among residents or users. This fosters a sense of community and can lead to shared meals, idea exchange, and collaboration. This social aspect contributes to the well-being and sustainability of the community.
  4. Food Waste Reduction: In a communal kitchen, people can prepare shared meals and share leftovers, reducing the likelihood of food waste. By sharing ingredients and consciously managing food, a communal kitchen can contribute to more sustainable food usage.
  5. In summary, having a communal kitchen and dining area promotes efficient space usage, reduces resource consumption, encourages social interaction, and decreases food waste, all of which contribute to a more sustainable living environment.
By Sophia Clark
Very Enjoyable

I’ve been enjoying my stay at Hotel Jansen a lot so far! The staff are super lovely and everyone living here is very friendly. The kitchens are clean and the location is very accessible.

By Camille Vanhee
Such A Cool Place

Hotel Jansen is an amazing experience. I found so many friends here, I recommend it to everyone!

By Jeanne Gironde
A New Home

Hotel Jansen is not only a welcoming and well located place in Amsterdam, it is also a community of friends. With students and workers from all over the world, this international atmosphere makes everyone feel at home. I really enjoy being here and I recommend to all newcomers this great experience.

By Bert Van Kerkhoven
Great Place

Staying here now for 2 months and will definitely extend as long as possible. Great place full of amazing people. The location is perfect for walks in nature and not too far from the city centre. They also serve great food in the restaurant downstairs, I haven’t cooked once. Highly recommended.

By Nina Rauch

I’m staying here now for three months and so far I had a really good time! I made some amazing friends and the rooms are also really nice. The restaurant downstairs has really good food and coffee and the staff is super friendly. I really enjoy my stay here and can just recommend this place!