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published: 30/5/2013
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BREEAM becomes outstanding in the Czech Republic

The first commercial building outside the UK to achieve BREEAM outstanding* has been awarded to The Tower at Spielberk in Brno.

BRE Director Martin Townsend awarded the BREEAM outstanding certificate to Stefan de Goeij, Head of Property Management at CTP, for the office building which is located in the centre of the Czech Republic’s emerging high-tech city of Brno.

The building was designed by an award winning team of Dutch and Czech architects Studio Acht, and is a true demonstration of good design, reducing the CO2 emissions by over 50% compared to a typical building, built to Czech regulations. The building uses district heating, a heat exchanger and a heat recovery system and local renewable energy sources are used for power.

7 innovation credits have been achieved for minimising construction site impacts, high levels of daylighting, avoidance of VOCs, use of renewable technologies, provision of alternative modes of transport, water sub-metering and management of construction site waste. The building also achieved 100% of available credits for Management, Health & Wellbeing and Waste sections. The façade of the concrete frame structure is comprised of 50% reused materials.

Stefan deGoeij, said: “We are delighted with the results of the BREEAM assessment for Spielberk Tower. That CTP has successfully delivered the first BREEAM Outstanding building in continental Europe is a testament to our long-term commitment to developing premium-class properties at the highest standards.”

BREEAM is becoming widely adopted in Europe and around the world as a way of demonstrating to investors, developers and the market that a building has been well designed and commissioned.

BREEAM Director Martin Townsend said ‘The benefits that BREEAM brings are triple fold – not only reduced environmental impact buildings that are higher value assets with reduced running costs  but ultimately  well-designed  buildings that are great to work which inspire increased productivity. The Tower at Spielberk is a great example of this. Congratulations to all partners involved with this project’.

For further details please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, tel 01923 664569, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk.

Note to editors

*The Spielberk building was designed to the BREEAM Europe Commercial 2009 standard. On 1 June BREEAM International New Construction 2013 will supersede this scheme  and BREEAM International Bespoke 2010. The new scheme can be used to assess commercial buildings and residential buildings worldwide. The scheme’s technical manual will also form the basis for assessing all other building types via the BREEAM ‘Bespoke’ process. For further information go to www.breeam/org

Photographs of the building are available on request, along with the handover of the certificate at the Czech Republic Green Building Conference in Prague.

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