ProLogis building is first BREEAM In-Use certified in the Netherlands (NL)

ProLogis, a leading global provider of distribution facilities, has been awarded a BREEAM-NL In-Use certificate for its distribution center in Oosterhout. It is the first building in the Dutch logistics sector to receive this certification BREEAM In-Use for its sustainability performance.

BREEAM-NL awarded ProLogis the rating 'Good' for its distribution center in Oosterhout. The sustainability of this building is now officially recognized. ProLogis was required to complete a detailed questionnaire relating to issues such as energy consumption, waste processing, water use, health and wellbeing, and building materials. The site was also visited by inspectors.

Thomas Kersenbrock, Project Manager ProLogis Northern Europe: "In this building we integrated a lot of sustainable elements, for example efficient lighting switched with motion sensors, an energy saving heating system with additional eco fans and a grey water system to flush the toilets with rainwater. Also very important is in combination with a high value of insulation the air tightness of the building."

Joseph Ghazal, Regional Head of ProLogis Northern Europe: "This certification falls within our sustainability program to certify our new developments. So we are very happy that we are able to announce Oosterhout is now BREEAM In-Use certified. And of course it is very special to be the first building in the Netherlands to have achieved this goal."

BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. This environmental assessment method for buildings was developed by a British research institute. BREEAM-NL is the Dutch version. BREEAM-NL has various certificates, including awards for new buildings and existing buildings (In-Use). The system uses qualitative weighting.

ProLogis plans to submit more distribution centers for BREAAM certification in 2011.

Source: Porter Novelli

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