Narbuto 5 business centre awarded the BREEAM certificate
The Narbuto 5 business centre, which was developed and managed by Kapitel, has been awarded the final BREEAM building sustainability certificate. It is the first BREEAM certified project of Kapitel and the third office building with the BREEAM New Construction’s Very Good rating in Lithuania.
The BREEAM certificate is issued only after the completion of a project and the assessment of the different sustainability indicators usually takes about six months. The Narbuto 5 business centre has been designed and built according to the international standard for the development of sustainable buildings – BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). BREEAM certification assesses the impact of the building on the environment, the comfort and well-being of office employees and visitors, the energy efficiency of the building, environmental protection and biodiversity.
“Kapitel was one of the first in the Lithuanian market to talk about the benefits and value of BREEAM building certification in 2014. Currently, the BREEAM certification is a strategic goal for our business and we plan to attain certification for all our new projects with the aim of developing high quality and sustainable business environments. The certification process for the Narbuto 5 building was good practice for us and we will use the know-how in developing other projects. Our two main development projects are the ELEMENTAL Skanste office complex in Riga and the Liivalaia office complex in Tallinn, in which we are following the BREEAM principles in all development phases”, said Amelija Rudenko, CEO of Kapitel in Lithuania.
The Narbuto 5 office building is focused on energy-efficient solutions and employee comfort. Heating and cooling for the premises are produced by a highly efficient VRV system. LED-type lamps have been installed for indoor and outdoor lighting with a fully automated intelligent lighting control system. It is estimated that the building consumes 53% less energy and emits 49% less CO2 than a conventional office building in Lithuania. Powerful water saving devices reduce water consumption by as much as 46% compared to a typical office building. There is a complete bicycle infrastructure developed next to the building, and showers and changing rooms are fitted on the ground floor.
Evaldas Savickis, a BREEAM licensed appraiser in Lithuania who has advised Kapitel in design and construction processes, is delighted with the high result achieved: “The building has a number of sustainable solutions that create a healthy and comfortable microclimate. The general contractor, Merko Statyba, accomplished the requirements of the certification. Even 98% of construction, non-hazardous waste has been sorted, recycled or re-used, and 97% of the building’s thermal insulation material is FSC certified, proving their responsible and legal origin. Furthermore, 90% of workplaces in the building have a large amount of natural daylight due to a good layout and the carefully designed facade of the building. Great attention has been paid to acoustic comfort in the workplaces. The characteristics of the building’s location were followed by a digital modelling of the building and simulation of various facade and internal engineering systems to ensure good noise insulation. This helped to implement high acoustic comfort and achieve a very low noise level in the building on T. Narbuto street.”
Almost all the Narbuto 5 units were leased before the end of the construction, and the largest tenants of the office building are the insurance company If, the furniture company Narbutas and the real estate development and management company Inreal Valdymas.
Kapitel (www.kapitel.ee), previously known as E.L.L. Real Estate, is one of the Baltics’ largest real estate companies, and it been engaged in developing and managing retail, hotel and office buildings for more than 20 years. The group currently owns and manages over 185,000 m2 of leasable space. The company owns four office buildings (Delta Plaza and the Sõpruse Ärimaja office building in Tallinn, Narbuto 5 in Vilnius and I.P. Pavlova 5 in Prague) and various leading shopping centres (Spice and Spice Home in Riga, Panorama in Vilnius and about 30% of Viru Keskus in Tallinn). The company also owns the Nordic Hotel Forum (managed by OÜ Nordic Hotels) and, in joint ownership with AS Infortar, Tallink City Hotel (managed by Tallink Hotels).