Bloomberg’s new European HQ rated world’s most sustainable office building

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London is setting new standards in sustainable office design after having received the highest BREEAM sustainability ranking.

The building received an ‘outstanding’ rating against the latest BREEAM sustainability assessment method, achieving a score of 98.5 per cent. This is the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development, as Bloomberg announced.

One of the most distinctive features of the new Foster+Partners-designed building is the integrated ceiling panels, which combine heating, cooling, lighting and acoustic in a striking petal-leaf design. Featuring 500,000 LED lights, the system uses 40 per cent less energy than a typical fluorescent office lighting system.

An on-site Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation centre supplies heat and power in a single, efficient system that is expected to save 500 to 700 metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The building’s water conservation systems will save an estimated 25 million litres of water each year, enough to fill 10 Olympic swimming pools. The building’s distinctive bronze blades open and close for natural ventilation, while smart CO2 sensing controls automatically adjust airflow based on occupancy.

Overall, the building is designed to use 73 per cent less water and 35 per cent less energy than a typical office building.

“What sets the Bloomberg building apart is its relentless focus on innovation and its holistic, integrated approach to sustainable construction and design,” said Alan Yates, technical director of BRE Global’s Sustainability Group. “Projects like these are really important in giving confidence to the industry to experiment.”

With the addition of the new London building, Bloomberg has 34 LEED or BREEAM-certified projects globally. By the end of 2017, nearly 70 per cent of the company’s 19,000 employees will occupy an environmentally certified office.

 

Image credit: Foster+Partners

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