DIFFER (Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research) is an institute performing fundamental scientific research on fusion, plasma-exchange, nano-layer technology and solar fuel. The new facility comprises 12,000 m2 of offices, experimental laboratories plus general and supporting areas. In a total engineering approach Deerns performed design and engineering of all technical installations. Moreover, Deerns executed the BREEAM expert role (bespoke procedure).
Being an institute involved in fundamental energy research, DIFFER has a high ambition when it comes to sustainability. This ambition was translated in the technical requirements as a BREEAM-NL ‘Very Good’ (three stars) score, but the design even exceeded this ambition by obtaining a BREEAM-NL ‘Excellent’ (four stars) design certificate.