BREEAM’s greenest office block is in Bristol

Published:  11 October, 2010

BREEAM

Westmark’s new headquarters building for the Environment Agency in Bristol has achieved the highest ever BREEAM score for an office building. The overall score of 85.06% under BREEAM 2006 is one of only four scores above 80% and is the result of the extensive use of sustainable features, onsite practices and building materials by Sir Robert McAlpine and supply-chain partner Prater.

Working with the main contractor, Prater identified materials that could be sourced from responsible and sustainable manufacturers, with low mileage to the point of use and a high recyclable content.

Technologies in Cabot House include natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, ground-source heat pumps, 100 m2 of solar PV, waterless urinals, water metering, intelligent lighting and meadow-grass turfing on external terraces. All will help to reduce the Environment Agency’s operational and energy costs by 10%.

M&E consultant is Hoare Lea.



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