Sustainable Buildings

Decrease the energy consumption of buildings by development of innovative optical materials and coatings

Within the Sustainable Buildings Program, Brightlands Materials Center and partners focus on the development of innovative materials and coatings. These can be used for application in building envelopes to reduce the energy consumption for heating and cooling of buildings.

  • Buildings are currently responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the CO2 emission in the EU.
  • To secure our future energy supply we need to reduce our energy consumption.
  • Our innovative materials for application in the building envelope can help reducing energy consumption, and even generating renewable energy on-site.

Glass Windows

The building envelope is the primary thermal barrier between interior and exterior. Innovative materials can play a key role in determining the level of comfort, indoor climate, natural lighting, ventilation, energy consumption for heating & cooling.

Brightlands Materials Center – Sustainable Buildings currently focuses on glass windows as an important part of building envelopes in relation to energy saving.

  • Energy loss through windows accounts for roughly 50% of energy consumption
  • 85% of glazed areas in buildings are still inefficient because of either single glazing or outdated double glazing (recently investigated by ‘Glass for Europe’)

Glass for Europe, the trade association for European manufacturers of building, automotive, and transport glass, on the importance of providing products that can generate energy savings, reduce CO2 emissions and create healthier buildings.

BMC Developments

SunSmart - Thermochromic Solar Control Coating

The first affordable, sustainable, energy-optimised window. High visible transparency combined with autonomously switch (thermochromic), from solar infrared transmissive to blocking state depending on the temperature, without visible color change, for efficient heat management in the built environment.

Functional polymer films and sheets

Polymeric films and sheets compromising tailored nano-pigments for smart solutions in laminated glass in architectural and automotive applications and/or laminated BIPV units.

Advanced BIPV

Coatings and functional encapsulants for improving the efficiency of photovoltaic modules: more electricity from the same PV panel. Colored coatings that improve the aesthetics of photovoltaic modules with minimum loss in efficiency.

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Application cases and project examples


Meet the team of our Sustainable Buildings program

Pascal Buskens

Principal scientist nanoparticles, functional coatings & nanocomposites

Eugéne Veerkamp

Eugene Veerkamp

Senior Business Developer

Aike Wypkema

Project Manager

Ralph Stevens

Senior Research Engineer

Daniel Mann


Zeger Vroon

Senior scientist / Lector New Energy

Roberto Habets

Roberto Habets


Ryan van Zandvoort

Ryan van Zandvoort

Research Engineer

Luc Leufkens

Luc Leufkens

Research Engineer

Cindy Yeung

Cindy Yeung

Research Engineer

Johan Tiesnitsch

Johan Tiesnitsch

Intellectual Property & Contracting

Lavinia Calvi

PhD Student

Interested in our activities?

You can contact Eugène Veerkamp via email of telephone.

Contact Eugène Veerkamp

Eugène Veerkamp
Senior Business Developer