ParkLake Achieved “Excellent” BREEAM Design Stage Certification

ParkLake Achieved “Excellent” BREEAM Design Stage Certification

With the occasion of the issuance of BREEAM design stage certificate for ParkLake, in February 2017, we take the opportunity to provide a snapshot of the project’s sustainability credentials.

The major environmental features of the development are listed below:

  • Zoning and sensors to optimize ventilation and thermal comfort
  • LED lights in shops and common areas
  • Energy efficient and water preserving sanitary equipment
  • Re-use of greywater and rainwater
  • Comprehensive metering and an energy monitoring system to help optimise energy and water use
  • More than 50% of all the main building elements are responsibly sourced from suppliers with an ISO 14001 or BES 6001 management system
  • More than 80% of the wood materials are PEFC or FSC certified
  • More than 80% of the finishes and furnishings have been selected to have low VOC content
  • Bike parking facilities for staff and visitors and changing facilities for the staff (showers, lockers)
  • 85% of the construction waste has been reused or recycled
  • Facilities for different type of users: disabled person (dedicated parking zones, dedicated entrance with slopes), families (dedicated parking zone), children (special designed bathrooms, dedicated areas within the shopping centre both indoors and outdoors), mother care facilities (baby changing zone, baby eating spaces)

Valentin Mocancea, Optim Project Management’s in-house BREEAM assessor has termed the process:

“Challenging yet rewarding, brings together designers and constructors and provides a clear framework for the assessment of sustainability while being flexible enough to allow for the peculiarities of our development and its proximity to the park.

Our clients, Sonae Sierra and Caelum Development, demonstrated their full support and commitment towards sustainability throughout the project as well as an in depth understanding of the subject.

The success of the BREEAM assessment is not limited to energy efficiency and monitoring systems but also that it leads to a fully accessible and inclusive development taking into account the needs of different users like families, children and users of different disabilities.”

Valentin Mocancea is a civil engineer with more than 10 years professional experience and has been with Optim Project Management since 2009.

Valentin has graduated the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in Iasi and is holding a Master’s degree in ‘Construction Management’ by the Technical University of Bucharest.

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