A delegation from the Irish Green Building Council toured Hibernia REIT’s 1 Cumberland Place to officially unveil the building’s LEED Platinum level certification for a Repurposed Building. The ceremony coincided with World Green Building Week.
Located close to Trinity College, 1 Cumberland Place was completely refurbished by Hibernia Reit in 2016 and is one of the few office buildings in Ireland to achieve this certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a globally recognised certification standard for sustainability in buildings, and LEED Platinum is the highest award level available.
Kevin Nowlan, CEO of Hibernia REIT, commented; “We have taken a 1970s office building, and instead of demolishing it have used industry leading design and building practices to create a building of character with best in class LEED Platinum Certification. We’re very proud to be showcasing 1 Cumberland Place to this visiting delegation from the Irish Green Building Council so that they can see what can be achieved when an owner like Hibernia works with progressive tenants like Twitter and Travelport Digital, both companies with sustainability at the forefront of their ethos.”
Some of the key features which contributed to platinum certification include:
Sustainable Site – The project involved the refurbishment of an existing building, thus reducing material consumption. The city centre location is served by an extensive public transport network and facilities have been provided to promote cycling to work, reducing reliance on cars.
Vegetation – Generous open space has been provided with native and adaptive planting prioritised, reducing the need for additional watering, increasing site biodiversity, and providing visual interest for occupants.
Water Efficiency – Water efficient sanitary fixtures which specify the correct low flow have reduced overall building water consumption by 32% over the LEED baseline.
Energy Efficiency – Energy efficient plant and LED lighting installations contributed to a 37.5% reduction in building energy costs over the LEED target/baseline. In addition, the building’s heating and cooling system has a thermal efficiency of over 68%.
Waste Recycling – The building provides waste collection facilities that enable tenants to streamline waste recycling.
Healthy Indoor Environment – Low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants along with LEED compliant flooring systems were specified to reduce air pollutants which may cause irritation to occupants.
Building Materials – Sustainable, locally produced products and systems, containing high levels of recycled content were prioritised. In addition, waste minimisation efforts ensured that 99% of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill.
David Moran CEO, Travelport Digital said, “A great office space plays a huge role in employee satisfaction; boosting productivity and morale and enabling us to bring out the very best in our people. Not only does 1 Cumberland Place give us a spacious, modern environment to work in but it also gives us a space that is designed to the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency, something that is of great importance to us. We are proud to be working in one of the few office locations in Ireland to have achieved LEED Platinum status.”
Sean Boyle, Head of Real Estate and Workplace EMEA, Twitter said, “Cumberland Place is a fantastic office space for our employees; the abundance of natural light, together with external green spaces and high quality indoor air circulation allows our employees and partners to do their best work in a world-class setting. Twitter is committed to protecting the environment through responsible and innovative business practices, and securing LEED Platinum status is a key part of this vision.”