Except Integrated Sustainability
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Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Sustainable Estates

Service > Bringing your home and estate to life

The world around our homes is changing rapidly. From concerns about energy and water shortage, air pollution, health and safety, to revolutionary developments such as renewable energy and robotics. How prepared is your estate for the future, protecting the health and wellness of your family? How can you realize this in an inspiring and comfortable home?

With the Sustainable Estates program we transform homes and estates into secure and efficiently inspiring places to live, work, play, and relax. This program protects and enhances the health and wellness of your family with a self reliant, exciting and sustainable home. Enhance the performance and long-term value of your property. Build a secure home for those you care most about, for a long time to come.

How do we make future-proof homes?

With the Sustainable Estates program, we realize true sustainable housing for you and your family. The service starts with a comprehensive intake session where we explore your wishes, requirements, and the location. We perform an in-depth scan of the estate using our sustainable development framework Symbiosis in Development (SiD). From this we design a bespoke development plan with the highest standard of sustainability and design.

The development plan gives you various options for upgrading: from light interventions to increased efficiency to complete living autonomy. Homes and estates can be outfitted with self-learning technologies that include domestic robotics or ecologically powered systems such as those embedded in nature. We guide you through the design every step of the way.

Five Step process

  1. Intake session
  2. Opportunities and Challenges Scan
  3. Development plan & strategy selection 
  4. Design & engineering 
  5. Execution

Download Brochure

For more information about the Sustainable Estates program, download the brochure here.


San Francisco Transbay / Salesforce Park

World's largest ecological rooftop park

The San Francisco Transbay Center redevelopment project realizes the world’s largest rooftop park in the center of one of the world’s most exciting cities: Salesforce Park. The concept, developed by Except together with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, restructures an existing transport hub into a beacon of beauty, biodiversity, and health.  The project started in 2007 and the park opened in 2019.

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Crystal Forest Office

Zero-Energy Warehouse Retrofit

This exciting office-jungle in a glass cocoon is an energy-neutral plug-in retrofit for empty industrial real-estate. It integrates all facilities and luxuries an exciting co-operative office environment can wish for today.

The Crystal Forest is a modular system that can be built and removed quickly on virtually any location, is entirely self-contained, and offers a feasible business case for a wide variety of real estate challenges, including adaptive re-use of industrial hertiage.

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Elst forest villa renovation

Energy and water neutral circular house renovation

For the Beije family we developed a high performance energy and water neutral villa renovation concept. It sits at the edge of the forest in Elst, part of the Veluwe national park area. The 400m2 villa is mostly reconstructed by the hands of the family themselves, utilizing natural and local materials, among which a straw roof. The villa's design makes optimal use of the existing structure and surroundings. It results in a sleek and subtle, comfortable and high-performance modern living experience in a superb setting, and a future-proof long term investment for the family.

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Arkna Eco-Park Masterplan

Self sustaining tourism community in Estonia

In Rakvere, Estonia, we developed the masterplan for the 671 Ha self-reliant Arkna Eco-Park. The park is built on a historical site tracing back to 1527, and becomes a primary tourist destination in the country, including a Polydome sustainable agriculture system.  

We worked with  Arkna Eco-Park to build a complete masterplan template for years to come, including its marketing strategy, identity, logos and brochures, closed loop metabolism, food system, event program, and design guidelines.

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Except Integrated Sustainability

Tom Bosschaert

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“With the Natural Capital Quick Scan, Except has provided us with more sophisticated tools to quickly exhibit potentially significant impacts and dependencies in an organisation's operation and supply chains.”
-- Erik van Zadelhoff
Secretary Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (PBEE)
“Because Except understands both content and communication, they are an ideal partner to work with. Ideas are quickly processed and critically reviewed, the process is fast, and delivers quality.”
-- Ben Roemgens
Principal consultant, DNV