Monnickendam VolkerWessels project

M'DAM in Monnickendam

Wooden residential building M'DAM on the Pierebaan in Monnickendam

Construction of the M'DAM wooden residential building on the Pierebaan in Monnickendam has been completed. This makes Waterland the first municipality in the region with a completely circular wooden residential building. The plan was developed by BMB development B.V. of Limmen (part of VolkerWessels). M'DAM is a design by product developer and architect Finch Buildings from Amsterdam. The co-engineering, prefabrication and construction of this special timber building concept are being carried out by De Groot Vroomshoop (also part of VolkerWessels). M'DAM will be completed on November 18, 2021.

MDAM Monnickendam VolkerWessels

The project in Monnickendam is unique

No large-scale residential building has been built in the Netherlands before, constructed almost entirely of CLT (cross laminated timber). The 62 apartments are thereby built almost entirely in the factory. Through the use of solid wood, the modular design and the industrial manufacturing process, the building has a negative CO2 footprint on balance: the sum of emissions is less than the amount of CO2 saved and buffered in the CLT. Moreover, by using wood from sustainably managed production forests, the building partners plant back more trees than are used.

Short construction time

Due to the industrial manufacturing process, the houses are already produced while the ground work is still taking place. This also keeps construction inconvenience to a minimum. The total construction process - from prefabrication and construction on site - took only seven months. The facade of the U-shaped designed building consists largely of wood, partly of traditional masonry and partly of aluminum facade elements. The wood building concept reduces CO2 emissions and is therefore much more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditional construction projects and provides a healthier living environment. Through the use of wood and the remountable construction method, raw materials can be reused in the future. The houses for sale have been financed through individual private mortgages, confirming the confidence and recognition of banks for this new high-quality and extremely sustainable product.


All apartments will be delivered “all-electric. This means that the entire energy demand is met electrically. An air-water heat pump provides heating for the apartments and a boiler for heating water. Solar panels are used to generate as much energy as possible for the apartments - and where possible for the general facilities. Also, the building has a very high insulation value. As a result, residents can count on lower energy costs. Duurzaam Waterland offers residents who do not (want to) own a car electric shared cars in the vicinity of M'DAM.

Wood stores CO2

Wooden buildings are an important solution in the fight against climate change. Wood is the only building material that stores CO2. All apartments consist largely of solid wood (Cross Laminated Timber). An apartment of 78 m2, for example, stores as much CO2 as is emitted by 45,000 kilometers of car driving. M'DAM leads the way in modular and innovative construction with the lowest possible footprint. This timber building concept reduces CO2 emissions, making it much more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditional construction projects.

Housing demand and innovation in the municipality of Waterland

Alderman Jelle Kaars: “M'DAM meets the large housing demand in the municipality of Waterland. With M'DAM, we are also leading the way in innovative building with the lowest possible footprint.” Corporation Wooncompagnie, which will offer 20 social housing units from the plan, wants to realize sufficient affordable rental housing and ensure a sustainable and diverse supply. Director-director Stefan van Schaik: “Both the renovation and new construction task we fill in where possible with bio-based materials, such as wood. All new construction counts for us, but this project is close to our hearts, because we really had to stick our necks out for this. We were happy to do this because we believe that the current housing shortage cries out for innovative solutions like this.”