Office in Bristol claims title of greenest property in the UK
The Environment Agency, based in Bristol, have built the greenest office building in the UK. The property scored the highest BREEAM rating ever in the UK, reaching 85.06%.
Rain water is harvested and then re-used throughout the building, while an intelligent lighting system helps keep electricity use and costs down.
Other green methods that impressed the BRE panel include natural ventilation, a ground source heat pump to reduce heating and cooling costs, the use of recycled materials to construct the building, and management of energy and resources on site.
Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency said:
“This achievement demonstrates how organisations can work with developers to build exceptional offices which meet their needs whilst reducing their impact on the environment. By relocating to a more efficient building the Environment Agency will save around 10% every year on operational and energy costs, an estimated ┬ú180,000 saving per year.”
Carol Atkinson, Chief Executive of BRE Global commented:
“BREEAM buildings are not only good for the environment in reducing energy and water use, and good for those that work within them with better day lighting and air quality, but also do not cost as much as many expect. I look forward to many others following the Environment Agency’s example.”
To find out more about BREEAM standards, visit our article: What is a BREEAM property assessment?