Bristol warehouse lands first BREEAM 2011 certificateposted on 27 June 2012 | posted in General News
The first ever BREEAM 2011 sustainability certificate has been issued and it is a warehouse near Bristol that has achieved it. According to greenbuildingpress.co.uk, the Severnside home of CHEP UK's pallet and container pooling services has a range of green features. Among them are a 5,000-litre rainwater harvesting system that provides water for the toilets and solar thermal panels on the south-facing roof. The warehouse also uses recycled water for washing pallets, with filters used to clean the water before it is reused. This, along with several other environmentally-friendly technologies, helped the building secure the BREEAM certificate. Carol Atkinson, chief executive of Building Research Establishment (BRE) Global, said: "A wide range of buildings have been registered to BREEAM 2011 and many are now being assessed. 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. " The BREEAM certificate was initially established to judge how green non-domestic buildings were, but that is about to change, according to placenorthwest.co.uk. Registration for the new BREEAM Domestic Refurbishments certificate opens on July 2nd. Ms Atkinson explained that it will help home-owners to save money on general operating costs as well as reducing the environmental impact of their property, with the scheme launched specifically to align with the government's Green Deal.