Moscow, Russia. September 5, 2019. The iCUBE business centre, owned and operated by O1 Properties, one of the largest owners of class-A office real estate in Moscow, has been certified under the BREEAM environmental performance system (“BREEAM In-Use” category). The certification consultant was CBRE.
iCUBE obtained highest scores for the following assessment criteria: “waste” (separate waste collection), “health and wellbeing”, “transport” and “energy” (efficient use of electricity).
The class-A iCUBE business centre is located in the south-west of Moscow at the intersection of Leninsky Prospect and Nakhimovsky Prospect, which ensures optimal transport and pedestrian access. The 11-storey building has a two-tier underground car park and features an original futuristic architectural concept. Panoramic glazing gives maximum amounts of natural light, contributing to the health and wellbeing of people who work at the centre. Shared-use areas are decorated using natural materials and the territory around the building has been landscaped and planted.
More work was done to improve the environmental performance of iCube in the course of BREEAM certification, including the launch of separate waste collection, installation of sound-absorbing screens around engineering systems and introduction of energy-saving practices. Air conditioning installations are cleaned regularly in order to improve air quality and reduce the risk of disease. A green zone on the roof improves sound insulation of the building and reduces its “heat-island” effect. There are plans to place birdboxes on the landscaped grounds around the centre and to expand the range of plant species, which grow there.
Natalia Kornilova, Operations Director of O1 Standard, said: “iCUBE is the second site of O1 Properties outside Moscow’s central business district to be certified to BREEAM environmental standards. The building is located in a residential area, so we paid special attention to the comfort of local residents, focusing particularly on acoustic and visual comfort (noise absorption and green roofing).”
Pavel Yakimchuk, Project Management Director at CBRE, said: “It is very significant that the largest companies are paying ever more attention to the environment and employee health. The iCUBE business centre is a high-quality project, implemented using modern design and construction technologies. Efficiency of the technologies used to design the building made it possible to minimize additional costs, which were required in order to obtain a high BREEAM rating during certification.”
O1 Properties is working towards full certification of its building portfolio to BREEAM environmental standards as part of the Company’s sustainable development strategy. In managing its business centres, O1 Properties implements technologies and practices that reduce consumption of natural resources and minimize negative impact on the environment.View PDF