VenhoevenCS has developed a unique management system that is geared towards making use of interdisciplinary creativity within the office in order to make the best possible integrated designs. Our quality system safeguards the quality and added social value of the projects within the agreed-upon requirements of time and budget. This management system is conform the standard NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2008 since 2014 and conform NEN-EN-ISO 9001:2015 since 2017.
In 2016, VenhoevenCS decided to set up a new quality management system: this gave us the opportunity to redevelop our vision on sustainability and integrate it into the new policies and procedures. We created a more holistic sustainability vision and translated that vision into clear goals and policy (Milieu Management Plan). This was rewarded with the NEN-EN-ISO 14001:2015 certification in 2017.
CO2 Performance Ladder
VenhoevenCS started to calculate its CO2 footprint in 2009 with the tools provided by the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. In 2015 we set up and implemented the Algemeen Energie Management Actieplan (a ‘General Energy Management Action Plan’) with SMART goals for reducing our CO2 footprint. As one of the very few architecture and urbanism offices in The Netherlands, we have a level 5 certification of the CO2 Performance Ladder.
Without doubt, architecture and urban planning have a big impact on people’s lives. A good school can have a positive influence on the development of a child. A badly designed hospital can have a negative effect on the healing process. And the way a city is designed can determine whether you take the car, the metro or the bicycle to work. That’s why the term ‘responsibility’ weighs heavier in our profession than in many others. VenhoevenCS is an active member of the BNA (the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects) and endorses its Code of Conduct for Responsibility, Integrity and Professionalism.
VenhoevenCS is an active partner of the Dutch Green Building Council. We often participate in the initiatives of the DGBC (such as signing the Declaration for Nitrogen Emission reduction in 2019) and Ton Venhoeven is a regular speaker at its conferences.
We also have three certified in-house BREEAM-NL experts on New Construction and Renovation.
VenhoevenCS is a member of the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO).