In order to receive a BREEAM Award, a project must meet rigorous green building standards and achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating or higher. As anyone who has been through a BREEAM assessment will certainly tell you, that is no easy feat.
First up is the Centrum Galerie, the largest shopping center in Dresden, Germany. It also has the distinction of being the first building in Germany and in continental Europe to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Amongst its achievements are a comprehensive lighting and energy saving mode. More importantly, daylight is used as much as possible. The high-quality design of the building means that it can achieve a 40% improvement over Germany’s 2004 green building requirements. In addition, the center has a substantial green roof and a comprehensive transport plan. This project shows that good building design and commercial priorities can clearly work hand in hand.