United Kingdom- Gensler’s design for Herman Miller’s international headquarters, also called Village Green, has been short listed for Corenet’s 2008 Sustainability award and is the first building in the UK to receive both BREEAM (excellent rating) and LEED (gold) accreditation. The 20,000-square foot facility is located in Chippenham, England.
Several notable details that make Village Green green and intelligent:
- Natural ventilation. A computerized system adjusts airflow, eliminating the need for air conditioning.
- All timber is from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) sustainable sources.
- Recycled aggregate building materials are sourced from within 30 kilometers.
- All carpeting is recyclable.
- Energy-efficient lighting is activated by movement sensors.
- Seventy-five percent of the building is exposed to natural daylight and 95 percent of the office space includes a view of the outside.
- Cycle racks and showers are provided to encourage alternative transportation
‘Village Green provides an efficient and dynamic work environment for employees and it also has become a popular customer destination,’ says John Portlock, president of Herman Miller International. ‘It also serves as a living case study about the possibilities that exist with sustainable design.’
Middle East- Platinum rated by US Green Building Council- first in the middle east and 16th in the world, this building has won 2 international awards- one at Boston in June 2007: as the Extreme Office Building in the world, Digie Award against Taipei 101 and Shanghai Financial Centre; and the Best Intelligent Building in the World in Chicago Buildcon 2007.
This is the headquarters of the company called Pacific Controls which leads in Building automation. Spread over 120,000 sft, in the Techno Park of Dubai, the building has been designed using an integrated approach. The Green Building promotes energy efficiency taking into consideration environmental impacts through energy and water conservation, waste minimization and recycling, and no greenhouse gas emissions. This, apart from resulting in reduced operation and maintenance costs, also helps in creating a healthy, safe and comfortable environment.