27 Mar 2009 05:03:08
Warehouse gets first ever outstanding rating
The first ever BREEAM 'outstanding' rating has been awarded to a logistics warehouse in Staffordshire.
Featuring a biomass plant and devices that generate electricity as vehicles drive over internal roads, the 35,500 square metre G Park Blue Planet has achieved the highest sustainability rating possible for a building.
Built on a brownfield site, the development has photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, harvests rainwater and aims to send zero waste to landfill.
It achieved exemplary credits in four areas of the BREEAM assessment daylighting, reduced CO2 emissions, construction waste management and use of low carbon technologies.
As a result of the various measures it features, it has been estimated that it will save £300,000 on running costs.
Paul Gibbon, director of sustainability at BRE Global, said: "The development shows that achieving a high BREEAM standard means lower running costs."
The outstanding rating was first introduced in August 2008 along with a two stage assessment process including design stage and post construction.http://www.breeam.org/page.jsp?id=104