The conceptual project of a trade and service centre in the Balsiai district of the capital city initiated by the Baltisches Haus real estate development and management company is going to be the first commercial building seeking a high environmental assessment in accordance with the internationally recognized BREEAM standard, and is already in its first development stage. This was confirmed by COWI Lietuva, the accredited BREEAM assessors.
The BREEAM central office in the United Kingdom reported that it has registered the future Ateites trade and service centre as meeting the required sustainable construction criteria. The building project became eligible for a high, i.e., very good assessment on the five-point scale.
“In creating the future trade and service centre, we want to actually apply sustainable construction methods and techniques to show that this kind of facility can be friendly and nurturing to the environment”, said Saulius Buteliauskas, Managing Director of Baltisches Haus.
According to Aleksandras Špakovas, a COWI Lietuva project manager, the building design team is currently preparing all the necessary documentation to be submitted to the BREEAM Centre in the UK for the project assessment. The final conclusions and an intermediate BREEAM certificate of compliance are to reach Lithuania in early autumn. Later, after the project is implemented, BREEAM experts will present the final evaluation of the actual building.
“The advanced environmental assessment method, BREEAM, will not only enable a determination of the technical quality of the building and its energy efficiency, but also the comfort and convenience provided for the visitors and employees of its stores”, said Darius Kvedaras, managing director of the project’s technical design group, UAB Baltic Engineers.
BREEAM is the world's most prevalent assessment standard and a certification system for the sustainable environmental impact of buildings and people, evaluating buildings according to 48 criteria. They include energy efficiency, health and well-being, environmental pollution, waste disposal, environment and land use, as well as the building management, and the use of materials.
The future service centre will be built on the basis of the latest design, construction and renewable energy technologies. Much attention will be focused on the infrastructure, ecology, and the neighbourhood of Verkiai Regional Park. An independent bike repair shop or a green roof are just a few examples of the planned deployment of technologies.