About the museum
The Hermitage Amsterdam is making its operations and buildings more sustainable. In recent years we have managed to substantially reduce our energy consumption. Museums always require air conditioning for the comfort of their visitors and to protect their art objects and that requires energy. However, by taking smart measures in terms of insulation and creating more efficient climate control systems, we have succeeded in reducing our energy consumption.
In addition, we have been sharing our heat and cold surpluses with the Hortus Botanicus since 2016 as part of the Tussen Kunst en Kas (Between Art and the Greenhouse) project. We are also planning to install solar panels on the roof and to replace the current glazing with restoration glass or energy-efficient glazing, which will ensure superior thermal insulation.
The Hermitage Amsterdam complies with the BREEAM-NL In-Use standards, which help museums take specific steps to become more sustainable.
The Tussen Kunst en Kas (Between Art and the Greenhouse) project
The Hermitage Amsterdam and Hortus Botanicus share energy.
Since 2016, as part of the Between Art and the Greenhouse project, the Hermitage Amsterdam and Hortus Botanicus have been sustainably connected by a system of pipes, each of which are 425 metres long. The Hermitage needs to keep its art cool, which means it has a heat surplus. This residual heat is now transported to Hortus Botanicus’s monumental Palm Greenhouse, where it is used to keep the plants warm. Conversely, Hortus Botanicus provides the Hermitage with cold water which it uses to keep its art cool.
Thanks to this smart exchange of heat and cold, we save 77,215 m3 of gas, 200,000 kWh of energy, 259,000 kilos of CO2, and 12,950 trees every year. This project has won several awards, including the Sustainable Heritage Award 2016.
If you would like to know more, please visit tussenkunstenkas.nl.