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BREEAM Awards Showcase the Most Outstanding Green Buildings in Europe

Posted By Jorge Chapa On March 10, 2010 @ 2:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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In order to receive a BREEAM Award, a project must meet rigorous green building standards and achieve a BREEAM Excellent [6] 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 [7], 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 [8] 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 [9] and a comprehensive transport plan. This project shows that good building design and commercial priorities can clearly work hand in hand.

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Another of our favorite BREEAM award winners is the British Embassy building [10] in Berlin, which opened in the summer of 2000. This high performance building signifies a commitment by the British Government to green all of its UK foreign and Commonwealth offices. To measure the embassy’s built performance, BRE launched BREEAM In-Use. Thanks to Johnson Controls, the building’s facilities managment, the building was awarded a ‘Very Good’ rating in the scheme, making it the first project outside the UK to achieve this rating.

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Rogiet Primary School [11] in Monmouthsire is a single-storey timber-framed building that features good access to daylight, responsibly-sourced timber, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water, and a very clever heating and cooling system.

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G.Park Blue Planet [12] was the first building in the world to score a BREEAM Outstanding rating, the highest honor a building can achieve in the BREEAM scheme. The project is powered by a biomass plant with photovoltaics providing additional power. As if that were not enough, kinetic plates are located within the internal roads of the site. Water-wise, the project features a rainwater recycling roof that will aid in the creation of additional wetlands on-site. To top it off, all waste will be recycled on-site.

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Another BREEAM Outstanding project is the new Cardiff office of Stride Treglown [13]. The project achieved a 55% improvement in energy efficiency over building code thanks to roof mounted photovoltaics and a biomass boiler that is used for heating. The project is naturally ventilated, comes with a green roof, and has full cyclist facilities for staff. The toilets use greywater and contain a number of other water efficiency measures. To maximize its green credentials, the project will be created with materials that qualify for the BRE Green Guide Grade A or A+ rating.

For more information on these projects, and other award winners, check out the BREEAM website.

+ BREEAM Awards [4]


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: http://inhabitat.com/breeam-awards-feature-best-of-europe/centrum-galerie_0001_layer-3/?extend=1

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/breeam-awards-feature-best-of-europe/breeam-awards/?extend=1

[3] EcoBuild: http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/

[4] awards: http://www.breeam.org/filelibrary/KN3943_BREEAM_Awards_2010_v9.pdf

[5] BREEAM: http://www.breeam.org/

[6] BREEAM Excellent: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/09/permanent-headquarters-for-the-international-criminial-court-in-the-hague/

[7] Centrum Galerie: http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/centrum-galerie_0000_Layer-5.jpg

[8] daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylighting/

[9] green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-roof/

[10] British Embassy building: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=13619

[11] Rogiet Primary School: http://rogiet.white-design.co.uk/

[12] G.Park Blue Planet: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11318

[13] Stride Treglown: http://www.stridetreglown.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=637&Itemid=214

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