The real estate investment manager, Patrimony, achieved the prestigious LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings under Version 4 (V4), achieving the project with the highest LEED score in Spain thus far under the latest version of the EBOM scheme, with 84 points. Building L, belonging to the District 38 business park, is now part of the outstanding group of 50 buildings that have this qualification worldwide, being the fourth in Europe and the second in Spain to achieve this type and level of certification under V4 .
The Cushman & Wakefield sustainability team acted as the project's official consultant during the certification process, with a team of five people, a LEED AP and various sustainability specialists. These professionals developed innovative strategies that not only helped achieve the score needed for a Platinum level of certification, but also added value to the asset. These strategies include:
• Rainwater management infrastructure and low-consumption water installations
• Native and adapted plantings
• Water and energy meters integrated integration into a BMS system
• Ongoing comissioning
• Educational, interactive infrastructure for community and tenant engagement
These strategies are complementary to the building's advanced technical equipment, which has a highly efficient VRV climate control system, a glass façade, a gym, temperature sensors and parking spaces underground. The combination of these improvements achieved a saving of 40% in water consumption compared to a baseline, as well as a score of 89 in Energy Star.
The building is occupied by Agbar, the water supplier for the metropolitan area of Barcelona, which is part of the French corporation Suez. The building serves as the headquarters of the “Ciutat de l´aigua”. The occupier has a strong and robust CSR and sustainability policy which will now be reinforced thanks to the high sustainability performance of their office space. Through training sessions, sustainability workshops and CSR, the tenant company and its service providers have been actively involved throughout the process and have helped to define common quantitative and qualitiative sustainability objectives that have served useful to their own corporate environmental and wellbeing interests.
District 38 Building L was built in 2011 and has a gross leasable area (GLA) of 16,530 m2. It is part of a business park made up of two buildings and an overall footprint of 70,000 m2 designed by the Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki. The park is located in the western part of the city of Barcelona, at the base of the Montjuic park, an area near the airport that has a large number new business development projects, including the Generalitat campus and the Iberdrola towers. Patrimony, on behalf of the owner, hired the Asset Services team from Cushman & Wakefield to manage the building in 2014.
The achievement of LEED Platinum certification for existing buildings under the latest version, v4, the most rigorous of the versions so far, makes District 38 Building a reference in high performing buildings in the areas of sustainability and wellbeing in Europe and throughout the world. This project highlights the responsible investment policy of the landlord, the active and sustainable management of Cushman & Wakefield, the implication, engagement and interest of the sustainably minded tenant and how sustainability can add value to an asset. In addition, it promotes the continued sustainable performance in the commercial real estate market, moving the sector towards a built environment that is more beneficial, healthy and sustainable for all.