Sixteen of the most successful sustainable buildings in Europe were honored this week at the BREEAM Awards 2010 at Ecobuild, London UK. "These buildings have comprehensively demonstrated their remarkable environmental credentials," said BRE Global Chief Executive, Carol Atkinson, "whilst also providing attractive and commercially viable accommodation, workplaces and community facilities."
The buildings shortlisted for the Awards were drawn from those achieving Excellent ratings under various BREEAM schemes (listed below) during 2009. To gain an Excellent rating developments must earn most of the performance credits available in the areas of: energy, materials, waste, water, ecology, pollution, transport, management, and health and wellbeing. The Award winners included:
BREEAM International awarded to Centrum Galerie, Dresden's biggest shopping mall and the first building in Germany and the first shopping mall in continental Europe to receive BREEAM Excellent. The development combines the careful use of resources and optimal energy and space consumption, with the use of advanced energy saving and other technologies. Client: Multi Veste Dresden GmbH, Architect: Peter Kulka Architektur Dresden GmbH Developer: Multi Development Germany GmbH.
First BREEAM Europe Retail awarded to Unibail-Rodamco's Docks 76, which is the new 36,000 m2 shopping and leisure centre in Rouen. Both the Agrivin and Docks buildings, which are part of Docks 76, achieved the first certification under the new BREEAM Europe Retail scheme for shell and core at the design stage. Particular features of the design which helped achieve this rating including the re-use of an existing building on-site, thereby avoiding the environmental impact of demolition and reconstruction, and a 20% reduction of electricity consumption through the use of natural ventilation. The development also incorporates leak detection systems and water-saving features and the use of water by visitors is expected to be reduced by 30%.
First BREEAM In-Use International awarded to the British Embassy, Berlin which was originally opened by HM The Queen in July 2000 and is managed by Johnson Controls GWS on behalf of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. It achieved a 'Very Good' rating for Part 1 : Asset Performance and Part 2 : Building Management Performance under the new scheme. BREEAM In-Use was launched in March 2009 to help building managers reduce the running costs and improve the environmental performance of existing buildings. BREEAM assessors TPS Consult played a key role in the development of this new scheme specifically for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Further information on the Award winners can be found at www.breeam.org/awards.