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Jacob Verhaart

PhD

Head of Science; Industrial Ecologist

Jacob Verhaart

Areas of expertise:

  • Industrial Ecology & Sustainable building

  • Thermal comfort; Building installations and HVAC

  • Human technology interaction

  • Renewable energy

  • Mobility  & Aircraft systems

Professional Titles:

  • PhD Building Science

  • MSc. Industrial Ecology

  • BSc. Aerospace Engineering

Enjoys: 

  • Good food

  • Designing and building furniture

  • (vegetable) Gardening   

Guilty Pleasures:

  • Loud music

  • Model airplanes

Contact

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Jacob is Except's resident genius scientist. As an industrial ecologist, Jacob knows everything about energy and material flows, urban metabolism, impact and life cycle assessment, and the circular economy. As an engineer, Jacob has particular love for building systems and sustainable building practices.  Jacob always always wants to know everything there is to know about a subject. When he was little, his favorite word was “why?”.

That condition never got better. He is fascinated by nature, architecture and technology. He would like to get to know as much as there is to know about sustainability and translate that into concrete solutions for improving the world.

Jacob has a humanist’s understanding of social policy coupled with an engineers’ appreciation of practicality. In the last four years he helped to increase the understanding of the interaction of office workers with their thermal environment, in his role as a researcher at the TU Eindhoven in the department of Building Physics and Services. Comfort through user involvement is essential to make buildings better and more sustainable. Technology is there to help people in making doing the right thing easier.

This practical side is also visible when Jacob designs and builds furniture. The best furniture is esthetically pleasing, is useful and makes life easier. Additional advantage is that woodworking and building is a relaxing activity, and therefore it’s no surprise that a large portion of Jacobs house is filled with his own creations.

Jacob has a PhD in building physics from Eindhoven University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Ecology from Delft and Leiden Universities, and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering.

Projects

Huis Vol Energie

Jan 16, 2019, Inspiratieboek Energieneutraal Wonen

ReGen Villages Oosterwold

Aug 13, 2018, Masterplan voor een zelfvoorzienende woonwijk

For ReGen Villages, we developed a globally unique masterplan for a self-sustaining housing neighborhood of 203 houses in the Netherlands. Designed on a 25 hectare site in an area called Oosterwold, just 20 minutes from Amsterdam, it exemplifies affordable, regenerative, and self sustaining living. 

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Duurzame ontwikkeling Catharijnesingel Utrecht

Jul 09, 2018, Full spectrum duurzaamheidsstrategie voor stedelijke infrastructuur

Samen met KWS-Infra en tenderbureau GAIM gaf Except middels een innovatiesessie invulling aan de duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen van de gemeente Utrecht. De uitvraag van de gemeente Utrecht  betrof de sloop van een deel van het in het centrum gelegen projectgebied Catharijnesingel.

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BKCity Slim Refurbishment

Feb 19, 2013, Sustainable Renovation of TUDelft's Architecture Faculty

BKCity is a magnificent listed monument of more than 30.000m2 functioning as the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft. Except created a phased plan to make this historic educational building energy and carbon neutral within ten years.

The plan converts the building into a didactic tool that puts sustainability at the heart of education for generations of architects, introducing a unique in-building ecosystem that provides an inspiring environment, functional qualities and cost savings.

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Serenity Farms

Jul 25, 2019, Sustainable food production in arid regions

Serenity Farms is a concept for a sustainable 30 ha greenhouse facility for profitable food production in arid climates. The core of Serenity Farms is a repeatable ‘stamp’ design, producing the annual fresh food nutrition needs for over 60.000 people. It sources and treats water from renewable sources exclusively such as seawater, and is fully powered by the sun. This way we produce healthy, consistent, high quality fresh produce for people that currently have no direct food source, and greatly reduce the food's carbon footprint.

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Mooi en Duurzaam Schiebroek-Zuid

Mrt 01, 2018, Na-oorlogse sociale woningbouw herontwikkeling

Except ontwikkelde deze visie en flexibel plan van aanpak voor het opwaarderen van de naoorlogse sociale woningbouwwijk Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam.  De integrale visie transformeert de wijk gedurende 30 jaar naar een zelfvoorzienend en duurzaam woongebied. Het past een breed scala toe van innovatieve energiesystemen, stadslandbouw, sociaal en economisch programma, en renovatietechnieken.

“Mooi en Duurzaam Schiebroek-Zuid” is ontwikkeld in opdracht van woningbouwcorporatie Vestia en het InnovatieNetwerk.

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Sterkenburg Overmorgen

Mei 23, 2019, Middeleeuws kasteel Sterkenburg innoveert een nieuwe toekomst

Veel historische erfgoed in Nederland staat voor de uitdaging om businessmodellen te vinden die hun culturele erfgoed beschermt en optimaliseert in deze snel veranderende wereld. De eigenaren van het Middeleeuwse kasteel Sterkenburg in Driebergen besloten om die uitdaging aan te gaan. Ze gingen op zoek naar nieuwe manieren om de economische en sociale waarde van hun erfgoed nieuw leven in te blazen. Hiervoor brachten ze een multidisciplinaire groep van duurzaamheids experts van Except Integrated Sustainability bijeen. Except ontwierp een speciaal programma die de kansen van de plek laat zien. Het resultaat is een routekaart met concrete en snelle kostenbesparingen voor de korte termijn, en daarnaast biedt het nieuwe handvatten voor het kasteel om een rol te spelen in de samenleving van vandaag en morgen.

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