A Combined Heat and Power biomass system, under floor heating, natural ventilation and a solar thermal system are all features included in the first ever building to gain a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
G.Park Blue Planet in Staffordshire, developed by logistics warehousing specialist Gazeley, also included natural ventilation and an EnergiPanel which allows naturally heated air to be captured and used to for internal heating.
The development gained the outstanding rating after gaining exemplary scores in four areas of BREEAM and achieved an exceptional standard of sustainability as a carbon positive development.
Gazeley projects the various environmental measures will save up to £300,000 per year in reduced running costs
Energy – Measures inclulded a mini power station fuelled by biomass to provide heating and electricity. Energy efficiency measures throughout. Photovoltaics on the roof and electro-kinetic road plates set within internal roads to generate electricity from vehicles entering or leaving the site.
Water - Efficient fittings and rainwater harvesting system.
Materials - Those selected A or A+ rated in BRE Global’s Green Guide to Specification with most sourced from suppliers with an Environmental Management System in place.
Director of Sustainability at BRE Global Paul Gibbon said: “This development scored very highly in all sections of BREEAM and achieved exemplary credits in the key areas of daylighting, reduced CO2 emissions, construction waste management and use of low carbon technologies.”
Director of Sustainability and Global Procurement at Gazeley Jonathan Fenton-Jones, said: “With G.Park Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley, we believe we have created an industry blueprint for cutting-edge developments. Not only does it deliver significant environmental savings, it also creates total energy and water cost in use savings of up to £300,000 per annum.”
A score of 85 per cent must be obtained to achieve Outstanding, compared to 70 per cent for an Excellent rating.
There are also higher minimum standards under Outstanding - for example 10 out of the 15 available credits for reducing CO2 emissions must be achieved, compared to the six required for an Excellent rating.
|Project Team : |
BREEAM Assessors: Jobran Hammoud and John Davies, Davis Langdon
Procurement and Sustainability Director: Gazeley UK Ltd
Construction Manager: McLaren Construction
Project Manager: Lysander Associates
Cost Manager: Davis Langdon
Structural Engineer: Capital Symonds
Sustainability Consultant: Delta Simons
Landscape Consultant: Roger Griffiths Associates
Also involved: Kelly Taylor Associates