The 359,000 sq ft unit at Prologis Park, Dunstable, won the Western Europe prize at the BREEAM sustainable building awards 2018.
The warehouse was the first industrial building to be assessed ‘Outstanding’ under the BREEAM 2014 version and the accreditation confirmed Prologis Park Dunstable as the first large-scale distribution park to have been fully certified as BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.
At DC2, operational carbon emissions were cut by 51% (in comparison to 2013 Building Regulations), which equates to a similar reduction in operational energy costs for the tenant. The building has an EPC rating of A(9) and solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays which generate over 200,000 kilowatt hours of free electricity for the building user.
“We wanted to set a new standard for buildings in the industrial logistics sector and DC2 was designed to demonstrate that a logistics facility can reduce the customer’s energy costs and minimise environmental impact,” said Martin Cooper, Vice President, Project Management for Prologis UK. “BREEAM certification is one of the three key metrics that guide our design and construction methodology, along with the reduction of operational carbon emissions and embodied carbon mitigation.”
Throughout the design process, Prologis worked collaboratively with construction company Winvic LTD and the project team to achieve BREEAM outstanding ratings at both design and post-construction stages.