The prestigious BREEAM sustainability certification has become the standard for new Panattoni Europe buildings in the Czech Republic. The 300,000 sqm barrier has been broken thanks to the new Europe Huajie Development hall in Panattoni Park Prague Airport II, for which the developer earned a high score and a Very Good mark according to BREEAM 2016 certification. The 25,000 sqm distribution centre will be used by Chinese e-shops to distribute goods throughout Europe as well as to export European goods to China. The second part of the building is currently under construction and will be used by Panalpina logistics company as part of an expansion in the industrial zone.
“When we received our first certificate three years ago for the Amazon distribution centre in Dobrovíz, we knew we were setting a new trend. Since then, we have built further 8 buildings with BREEAM certification and at least 15 others are in preparation. It shows that clients want to have a complex approach towards the environment. They not only respond to energy savings, but they are also willing to invest in measures that mitigate environmental impacts. A major issue is social responsibility - one of the cornerstones of sustainability,” says Pavel Sovička, Managing Director of Panattoni Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
During certification the Europe Huajie Development distribution centre achieved the biggest amount of points in the categories of waste management (86 %), pollution (83 %), water (78%) and energy (71 %). The building includes BREEAM features such as LED lighting, bicycle facilities, and measures to reduce the heat island effect. An interesting part of the green project is an insect hotel that provides shelter for useful insect species such as beetles and bees. During the construction of the hall special emphasis was placed on recycling waste.
The industrial developer Panattoni Europe, as the leader on the Czech market, has embarked on a sustainable development journey that consists, on one hand, of revitalizing brownfields and, on the other hand, minimizing the impact of industry on the environment. Thanks to this approach, it is able to meet the strictest requirements for sustainable development.