Van Marcke sells bathrooms and wellness, heating and cooling installations and kitchens. For years, they have been at the forefront of energy-friendly solutions for water and heating. Very aware of today’s challenges, they want to fight climate change by offering energy-efficient solutions and informing their consumers about them. In November 2009 they opened the ‘Big Blue’, a unique expertise and sales centre in Brussels.
How do you create a unique information and sales centre for energy friendly heating and energy and water solutions? How do you bring a concept like ‘The Big Blue’ to life?
Futureproofed played a major part in the realisation of this concept of this center.
- Advise. We advised Van Marcke on renovating a non-residential building up to passive house standards. A first in Belgium!
- Calculations. We measured and designed the top 10 places to intervene to reduce the carbon and energy impact in a household.
- Design. We helped translate technical insights into a more people-centric environment that would resonate with customers of all kinds.
Results and Resolutions
The Big Blue is the first non-residential building that is up to passive house standards. As information and sale centre Big Blue targets both professionals and consumers. Today it’s also a training ground for installers. That way, Van Marcke wishes to commit not only to rationalise water and energy use but also to reduce CO2 emissions.