The First Sustainable Dance Club
A step toward a more sustainable future and a cooler nightlife was made in Rotterdam, with the opening of Club Watt, the countryâ€™s first human-powered club. The club powers itself from the energy generated through the movement on the dance floor so all you need to do to participate is to dance the night away.
The idea of a sustainable dance club started in 2005, when Enviu and architect studio DÃ¶ll Lab started exploring the dance club scene and how to make it greener. The concept was ready in October 2006, when it was presented under the title The Critical Mass. The concept turned into a company Sustainable Dance Club (SDC), which gave club owners the chance to save on energy, water and reduce CO2 emissions.
So how are the savings actually done? The savings on water are done with a rainwater flush system for toilets, urinals without water, taps that actually save water; energy is saved using LED lighting and renewable energy sources.
“We receive a lot of requests from other companies for people who want to use the floors. We get many of these for bus and train stations — places where there are lots of people,” said Vera Verkooijen, spokeswoman for Sustainable Dance Club, the company that created Club Watt. So donâ€™t be surprised if the next green dance club is opening in a city near you!
Club Watt was the first club to implement this idea. Vera Verkooijen, spokeswoman for Sustainable Dance Club, said human power will be enough to fill 30% of the clubâ€™s requirements. The first design of the floors is not very efficient, so the club is already working on a second version that will increase the amount of energy captured. “This is just the first version. We are willing to take it further,” she said.