BREEAM Excellent (76.9%)
Version: BREEAM In-use 2016 Part 1
Asset Owner: Generali Real Estate
Building Manager: BNP Paribas Real Estate
Assessor Organisation: EVORA Global
Assessor: Joe Ellis
About the asset
10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, is a modern mixed-use office development in the heart of London’s financial and insurance district, which achieved a BREEAM UK New Construction 2014 ‘Excellent’ rating.
Completed in 2018, and designed by Eric Parry Architects, the development comprises of a seventeen-storey building that includes 14 floors of office space from mezzanine to level 13.
The tenth level of the building features a crown design with upper office floors, a roof restaurant, and a publicly accessible roof garden. This roof garden is one of the most popular in London, offering spectacular views of the city, and has won multiple design awards.
The building also offers a four-storey basement including car, motorbike and bicycle parking on two levels with plant spread across three levels.
Overview of Green Strategy
The following alterations were made to the building in order to add sustainable value to the building, securing the project an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM In-Use rating:
The building provides excellent visual comfort through daylighting and anti-glare measures; ample accessibility through features designed for maximised inclusivity; and, optimised energy efficiency to keep environmental impact and operational expenditure low.
It has numerous bicycle parking spaces and electric vehicle recharging stations, greywater and rainwater harvesting systems, and a dedicated construction waste management space.
The roof garden features native flora and bird boxes, and all chillers have a refrigerant leak detection system.
How has the BREEAM assessment benefited the project?
Sustainability is now an important factor when selecting a property. The BREEAM In-Use Excellent rating is proof that 10 Fenchurch Avenue offers the highest working conditions for the occupants in office buildings, which brings higher occupancy rates and leads to higher revenue and profitability.
EVORA Global – Project sustainability consultant
Generali Real Estate, the building owner, in line with its strong focus on the environmental, social and governance sustainability of its entire assets portfolio, requested that a BREEAM In-Use certification be achieved at an ‘Excellent’ rating in order to demonstrate the building’s sustainability credentials and performance.
EVORA partnered with the BNP Paribas Real Estate project team to achieve this goal through a three-phase process.
The first phase involved an initial pre-assessment review to determine the expected score and any potential shortfalls from the target ‘Excellent’ rating, as well as the identification of improvement opportunities.
The second phase provided support in the form of an improvement pathway program, which advised on the implementation of relevant improvement opportunities before certification.
The final phase involved the delivery of the certification assessment, including a site visit and the production of a detailed and high-quality BREEAM assessor report.
In addition to helping meet the goal of certification, the BREEAM assessment helped the property management team measure and report on sustainability practices and performance at the asset, including:
Health and Wellbeing
10 Fenchurch Avenue scored excellently for visual comfort due to optimising daylighting, glare control, lighting levels and views out from the building
There is also widespread integration of accessibility and inclusive design features, including contemplation, wellness and mother’s rooms.
The building fabric played a key part in the project’s strong performance for energy efficiency.
HVAC and lighting were also designed to reduce energy consumption whilst providing maximum utility to building occupants.
An extensive energy sub metering has also been installed to allow tenants to monitor and understand energy use.
To encourage sustainable transport to the building, ample bicycle parking spaces were installed. Facilities such as showers and lockers have also been installed to cater for those travelling by bicycle.
Inclusion of electric vehicle recharging stations also further motivates sustainable transportation choices.
BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment methodology for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognizes and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction, through performance in operation, to refurbishment.
BREEAM does this through third party certification of the assessment of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE. This means BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.
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