Mennica Legacy Tower obtains BREEAM certification with the 'Outstanding' rating
The Mennica Legacy Tower project has received the highest award in the environmental solutions certification process. The joint investment of Golub GetHouse and Mennica Polska S.A. is the first skyscraper in Warsaw which received the 'Outstanding' rating in the BREEAM 2013 New Construction certification scheme.
The BREEAM certification requirements in the New Construction category had to be already fulfilled in the planning phase. During the design stage of the complex, Golub GetHouse fulfilled a number of BRE (British Research Establishment) guidelines, which has allowed them to implement the fully environment-friendly project.
“The Mennica Legacy Tower 'Outstanding' BREEAM rating confirms that Golub GetHouse implements high standards of office construction and management. Implementing energy-efficient and user-friendly solutions with a relatively low impact on the tenant operating costs has been a priority for us since the design phase of the Mennica Legacy Tower complex,” comments Czarek Jarząbek, Founder and President of the Board, Golub GetHouse. "We are extremely proud of obtaining certification with the highest rating.”
One of the main factors that contributed to the high rating of the Mennica Legacy Tower project was the excellent communication of the building: a mere 200 metres from the second subway line station 'Rondo ONZ', the vicinity of busses and trams stops, the proximity of main and suburban railway stations, as well as easy access by car from all districts of Warsaw. An alternative means of transport will also be available in the complex and plenty of facilities for cyclists (comfortable parking with 300 bicycle stands, equipped with independent, safe entrance, dedicated elevators, locker rooms, showers and a repair station). On the four-storey underground parking lot, there will be electric vehicle charging stations.
Mennica Legacy Tower was also given credit for aspects that contribute to a friendly work environment: acoustic insulation, high daylight penetration coefficient – glass used on the façade of the building will provide adequate sound and heat insulation. Design of the façade was completed with openable, safe panels, which provide tenants with fresh air. Building management and monitoring systems (BMS) in Mennica Legacy Tower have also been highly evaluated – solutions aimed at increasing water, electric energy and waste management efficiency.
The use of environment-friendly construction and finishing materials was also taken into account. The materials use low carbon technologies to reduce CO2 emission. Even at the earliest stage of investment implementation, a great deal of emphasis was placed on the proper sorting of waste at the site, which allowed it to limit the impact on the environment.
Sweco Consulting, an independent firm, was responsible for the certification process for Mennica Legacy Tower – a company that specializes in building certification in the BREEAM system – the most popular method for evaluating the quality of buildings used in Europe by investors, developers and tenants.