The core vision behind Foundry is to provide a flexible, forward-looking office space. To meet this commitment, the energy and sustainability strategy brings together best-practice principles with the Mayor’s Energy Hierarchy, tried and tested in sustainable, high-quality office refurbishments throughout London. Maximising the opportunity to save energy, and minimising CO2 emissions.
The energy strategy will implement the Mayor’s Energy Hierarchy in order to minimise energy consumption and CO2 emissions:
The first step of the energy strategy is to provide measures so the building requires and uses less energy. This has been achieved by focusing on substantial upgrades to façade performance to reduce energy demand through passive design measures. Further improvements to energy reduction have been made through the use of active measures, including the use of energy efficient services, systems and strategies. Examples include the use of high efficiency HVAC services and plant, and low energy lighting systems and controls.
The strategy has considered the full range of renewable energy technologies appropriate to the development. While restrictions and challenges associated with available space, air quality and the refurbished nature of the scheme preclude the use of some technologies, a substantial array of photovoltaic panels have been installed at roof level.
Key sustainability initiatives proposed include:
The re-use of the existing building structure.
Retention of the full height atrium to allow daylight into the core of the building.
The provision of new high performance façade to reduce heat loss, control efficiently solar gains and hence lowering cooling loads.
New efficient building services for space heating and cooling and a new lighting scheme with daylight dimming control.
Roof mounted photovoltaic panels to reduce carbon emissions.
161 new cycle spaces in a secure store in the basement, together with 32 folding bike lockers and new changing facilities.
10 electric car charging points plus provision for a further 18 if required in the future.
Energy metering and sub metering.
Minimisation of internal potable water consumption through the installation of water efficient fittings and sanitary ware, reduced volume dual flush toilet cisterns, low-pressure spray taps, and showers with flow regulators.
New hard and soft landscaping, enhancing the area around the building and introducing native plant species to promote biodiversity.
Sustainability & Eco credentials
BREEAM rating “Excellent”
EPC rating of B
Commissioning and Seasonal Commissioning in-line with best practice.
Responsible construction practices and minimisation of construction site impacts.
Provision of a simple building user guide for staff and facilities management
Health and Wellbeing
Best practices lighting levels, occupant control and zoning.
Optimisation of internal air quality, though good ventilation and low VOC finishes.
Thermal comfort; internal comfort levels will be design in-line with best practice CIBSE guidance.
Compliance with best practice acoustics standards.