Achieving BREEAM Outstanding: the GPP Business Park

Goeppert-Mayer office building, Katowice, Poland

30/09/2013 Written by: Katarzyna Chwalbińska-Kusek

Collaborative working has led to the GPP Business Park in Katowice, achieving BREEAM Outstanding; Poland’s first development to receive such a high score. BuroHappold’s sustainability team worked closely with the Park’s investor to obtain this excellent result.

The GPP Business Park investment will comprise of approximately 50ha of sustainable urban environment, including 30,000m² of modern energy efficient office space and housing, as well as public green spaces. Goeppert-Mayer’s office building is the first of four planned for the business park. The investment is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has been registered as a research project due to the advanced energy efficient solutions to be incorporated on site in collaboration with the Cracow and Silesian Universities of Technology.

The Goeppert-Mayer building will lead the development’s energy efficiency programme with the application of an innovative new tri-generation system. This system, fuelled by natural gas, will be used to generate electricity, heating and cooling, the building’s entire energy demand. The main advantages of tri-generation include significant energy savings and low greenhouse gas emissions. Other low carbon solutions will include advanced facades system, chilled beams, central humidification system and electric vehicle charging stations which will all be managed by the innovative Building Management System (BMS). The building’s energy use will be approximately 50% lower in comparison to a standard A class office building.

Ian Booth, regional director for BuroHappold Poland, presented the BREEAM Outstanding certificate to the GPP president of the board, Mirosław Czarnik, at the recent Property Forum Conference, held in Warsaw. Ian commented “The high score is the result of the client’s sustainability vision, which enabled the implementation of all the innovative and energy efficient solutions at the project’s planning phase.”

Commenting on the excellent relationship established with BuroHappold, GPP president Mirosław Czarnik said “We decided to seek certification for the building, our plans were ambitious and with the cooperation of the right partner, BuroHappold, we were able to achieve these goals. The BREEAM Outstanding certificate for the Goeppert-Mayer building is our collective success and a proof that we took the right decision. Thanks to that cooperation, a unique project has been realised; a building conforming to the highest sustainability standards. The certification process has been carried out in a solid way, and the collaboration with the team at BuroHappold, people with knowledge, passion and experience, has guaranteed the success of this project. We sincerely thank them for their work contribution and efforts to achieve certification of the Goeppert-Mayer building.”

The achievement of the Outstanding rating requires fulfilment of 85% of the certification criteria, securing protection of the natural environment as well as health and wellbeing of the building’s users. The quality of the project is also reflected in the high demand among tenants; almost the entire office space of the building has already been leased and the values of the development have been recognised by international companies such as ABB and Ericsson. A further two buildings will be completed in 2014.

Key project’s statistics (data provided by GPP Business Park):

  • The first of the four planned developments, as part of the revitalisation of the post-industrial area
  • 30 000m² of energy efficient office space planned
  • 50% lower energy use in comparison to a standard A class buildings
  • Applied tri-generation system, to annually deliver over 1 547MWh of electricity (100% of the building’s demand)
  • Projected primary energy demand of the building – less than 100 KWh/m²/year (in a reference building – 260 kWh/m²/year)
  • Primary energy for heating and ventilation is 28 kWh/m²/year. The amount of fresh air is 20% higher – 36 m³/h/person (in a reference building – 73 kWh/m²/year)

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