The height of sustainability
We incorporated sustainability into every aspect of the building’s design. One of the criteria for awarding an Energy Plus rating is that the building in question generates energy and recycles as much energy as possible. The passive house measures that we incorporated into the design and the way the design exploits the building’s orientation provided the basis for energy generation. The block actually generates more energy than it needs, thanks to the considerable surface area of the solar panels (4,000 m²), allowing it to supply the rest of the neighbourhood with its surplus and feed the electricity grid. Energy is also recycled via the production of pellets from waste coffee grounds, which are then used to generate heat. Two 60,000-litre tanks harvest rainwater for the toilets and for watering gardens. The sanitary system is highly water-efficient and hot water is recycled for later use. The building is equipped with a mechanical ventilation system that filters and ionises the air circulating through it, to obvious beneficial effect. All light fixtures are LED, home automation systems ensure efficient energy-consumption management, and the elevators are energy-regenerating. These and other such measures qualified the building for a BREEAM Outstanding rating of environmental performance.
Model of sustainable architecture
The building supports the health and well-being of its residents and is as light in its environmental footprint as it is delicate and refined in appearance. Equally important, it stands as a model of progressive thinking and innovative sustainable design, and demonstrates what’s possible when design and sustainability are used to reinforce one another.