Vista in two winning sustainable barn projects

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Sustainable, animal friendly barns well integrated into the landscape. Under the SBIR program (Small Business Innovation Research) the Ministry of Economic Affairs asked businesses for development ideas. Of 51 proposals received, three projects were selected, each receiving a contribution of 480,000 Euro. On June 3, the three winning consortia received a check from State Secretary Sharon Dijksma. With this money, a first prototype is to be built and the projects made market ready.

Vista is part of two of the three winning consortia and designed the landscape integration concept for both the Windstreek barn (for chickens) and Kwatrijn barn (for dairy). Recent public debate on the so-called 'mega barns’ made the landscape integration a major concern in this SBIR round. Former Government Advisor for the landscape Yttje Feddes was for this reason part of the independent review committee of experts.

See also: press release, project page Kwatrijn, www.kwatrijn.com, project page Windstreek, www.windstreek.org