Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is rated world’s most sustainable office building! |
Opening later this month in the City of London, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating against the BREEAM sustainability assessment method, with a 98.5% score. This is the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development.
In the opinion of Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P.: "We believe that environmentally-friendly practices are as good for business as they are for the planet. From day one, we set out to push the boundaries of sustainable office design - and to create a place that excites and inspires our employees. The two missions went together, and I hope we've set a new standard for what an office environment can be."
Compared to a typical office building, the new Bloomberg building's environmental strategies deliver a 73% saving in water consumption and a 35% saving in energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions. Innovative power, lighting, water and ventilation systems account for the majority of energy savings. Designed to utilise waste products, respond to the building’s external environment and adapt to its occupancy patterns, many of these solutions are first-of-a-kind.
In the words of Sir Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners, “To incorporate the highest standards of sustainability, the deep plan interior spaces are naturally ventilated through a ‘breathing’ façade, while a top lit atrium edged with a spiralling ramp at the heart of the building ensures a connected, healthy and creative environment.”
Alan Yates, Technical Director of BRE Global's Sustainability Group opines: "What sets the Bloomberg building apart is its relentless focus on innovation and its holistic, integrated approach to sustainable construction and design. Projects like these are really important in giving confidence to the industry to experiment."
The project showcases an exceptional example of responsible construction: Sustainability has been central to the Bloomberg building from day one, from site selection to design and construction practices. During the six-year construction process, Bloomberg worked with contractors and subcontractors to minimise the environmental impact of the development and has achieved 95% recycling rate of demolition and construction waste.
Key strategies include: ·· Re-using existing structural foundations, such as piles, to reduce the lasting impact of the development. ·· Use of a consolidation centre for deliveries reduced traffic to site by 67%. Trucks were also fitted with equipment to minimise their emissions. ·· A unique waste management system, using barcoded wheelie bins, tracked waste production throughout the project. This resulted in a 95% recycling rate for demolition and construction waste. Use of waste compactors also helped reduce site traffic. ·· Real-time dust monitors and dampening techniques helped control dust pollution. ·· Use of LED lights during construction saved 500,000 Kwhr and £80K over the duration of the project. LEDs are 60% more efficient and last 10 times longer than fluorescent lights. ·· Use of a bespoke concrete made up of 60% recycled aggregate ultimately diverted 60,000 tonnes (2,000 dump trucks) of waste product out of landfill and reduced carbon production by 60%. check out the visuals of this building on indiaartndesign.com
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