BRE have a spring in their step after design-stage BREEAM Outstanding
Spring in Nanterre was the first building to achieve an interim ‘Outstanding’ rating under BREEAM Europe Commercial 2009. The development by Bouygues Immobilier and Archon Group has achieved 90% - the highest ever score under BREEAM for a building at the design stage.
Providing 35,200 sq m of office space spread over four floors, the facility also offers social and catering areas together with basement parking and landscaped spaces. The Building Management System (BMS) has over 18,000 data points which enables very precise sub-metering to reduce energy consumption and also provides automatic control of heating, lighting, ventilation and cooling, which are optimised depending on outside conditions.
Carol Atkinson, Chief Executive of BRE Global, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for an exceptional building design and is a credit to the developer, the BREEAM Assessor and the rest of the project team.”
Anne-Sophie Colin of Greenaffair, BREEAM Assessors, said: “BREEAM Europe certification enables our investors to compare their new projects and provides us with the motivation to reach better environmental performance.”
The build scored particularly highly under BREEAM with features such as:
• Heating and cooling provided by geothermal heat pumps
• Automatic mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
• Solar panels providing 45% of the hot water used in the restaurant
• Low-energy lighting
• 6,500 sq m of photovoltaic panels
• 100% of water used in WCs and for irrigation provided by rainwater collection and recycling
• Highly insulated building fabric