Lighthouse office centre received BREEAM In-Use Certificate scoring “Very Good”

June 24, 2014 - Investment company O1 Properties announces the completion of the Lighthouse Business Centre certification under the BREEAM In-Use scheme which applies to existing buildings. The office centre scored “Very Good” improving its rating against the previous BREEAM New Construction certificate which applies to new construction facilities and was granted to the office centre in the autumn of 2013. JLL acted as consultant of the certification.

Lighthouse has received top scores in the following categories: efficient use of the land plot, efficient management of environmental resources, comfortable working conditions, good transport accessibility and proximity to the amenities. The land plot where the building is located is a former manufacturing site. Now the territory is beautifully landscaped and has recreational areas, so the complex complements the architecture and the landscape of the urban environment. Most favorable conditions have been created for the office centre employees and visitors: comfortable temperature and air quality, maximum use of natural lighting, high safety standards. On the ground floor of the building, a convenient multifunctional space has been organized where colleagues can share ideas and meet with visitors. There are three metro stations within walking distance of the office centre, and for those using alternative transportation means, convenient parking areas have been arranged.

As part of the preparation for BREEAM In-Use certification, additional systems and technologies which helped to improve the rating were introduced at the Lighthouse office centre. Specifically, a comprehensive business operation environmental policy was developed and implemented. All information required for eco-friendly and efficient operation of the building including is provided to the tenants in a special manual. According to the manual, for example, all finishing materials used in office interiors must meet the standards set.

Alexander Ostrovsky, CEO of O1 Properties, said: “Creating a comfortable environment for the tenants is one of the priorities of our building management activities. However, we believe it is equally important to improve the ecological efficiency of our facilities, introduce new technologies saving environmental resources and reducing the harmful ecological impact of the urban environment. Out of 4 BREEAM certified buildings in O1 Properties portfolio, 3 already have a high “Very Good” score. At our new facilities, we also implement the systems and technologies which will help us to get certified for compliance with environmental standards.”

Ksenia Agapova, JLL Associate Director Ecological Innovations, said “The Lighthouse office centre ranks among iconic facilities of the Moscow real estate market, it was one of the first assets to have received a BREEAM certificate. We are happy to see the building owner’s commitment not to stop there and operate the building so as to gain maximum benefits from all the special features of an eco-friendly office, and its efforts to properly convey the benefits of working in a “green building” to the end users, the companies working at the Office Centre.”

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