Pallet warehouse at Severnside near Bristol has become the first building awarded certification to BREEAM New Construction 2011 Proving that it is not always glamorous city-centre developments that achieve milestone BREEAM results and the flexibility of BREEAM to drive performance.
A pallet warehouse built by Winvic Construction at Severnside near Bristol has become the first building awarded certification to BREEAM New Construction 2011. A BREEAM rating was sought by the new building's tenant, pallet and container pooling services provider CHEP UK Ltd, as part of the company's sustainability and marketing initiatives. BREEAM 2011 is the latest version of the extensively used scheme for assessing the sustainability of buildings.
'A wide range of buildings have been registered to BREEAM 2011 and many are now being assessed,' says Carol Atkinson, Chief Executive of BRE Global. 'Congratulations to the project team involved in the design and construction of the warehouse, which is the first building to complete the BREEAM 2011 certification process and has achieved a 'Very Good' rating.'
Designed by RPS Planning & Development and owned by Portland Estates Ltd, the new warehouse occupies the first plot to be developed on the 640-acre, Central Park warehouse and distribution estate. 'This was our first BREEAM 2011 assessment,' says Tim Reeve of Winvic Construction, 'but the BREEAM assessor made us feel very comfortable with his knowledge and expertise. The tenant is very impressed that this development is the first to achieve the BREEAM 2011 certification, and I feel that a lot of this success was down to how the design team, contractor and BREEAM assessor performed as a collective.'
This eight-acre development comprises large external pallet storage areas and a main warehouse unit with an attached two-storey office building. The primary function of the warehouse is the processing and repair of pallets. Its many sustainability features include:
- Solar thermal panelslocated on the south facing roof, which are expected to satisfy at least 40% of the building's annual hot water demand.
- A 5000 litre rainwater harvesting system that provides water for all of the building's WC flushing needs.
- A water recycling and filtration system that is used for pressure washing pallets. It ensures that all of the water used is filtered and reused.
- Building energy metering that monitors in-use energy consumption, raises occupant awareness and helps to reduce consumption.
- Energy efficient lighting and PIR lighting controls, and the use of natural daylighting wherever possible.
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