Once upon a time, strong environmental ratings for a building were considered nice-to-haves – the sole preserve of clients with big budgets and architects with equally big reputations. But changing trends in environmental-friendly building technology, coupled with a strong business case for sustainability, have effected a market shift that is pushing the environment up the agenda like never before.
Even discounting the effect of tightening building and energy regulations, the increasing prevalence of building assessment methodology ratings in the property market has been enough to drive this change.
More and more stakeholders are viewing BREEAM and LEED accreditation as fundamental attributes in their buildings, as vital as location, floor space and cost. The traditional view was that these certifications increased the kerb appeal of premises – helping to seal the deal when all the other boxes were ticked. But increasingly, the market is recognising the financial and reputational gains associated with better buildings; changing its demands to suit.
So how will the industry respond to sate the market’s desire for better buildings? First, we need to define a truly environmentally-friendly building. Broadly speaking, it is one that will have a minimal impact on its surrounding environment and the wider world right through from breaking ground to breaking down.
This means a building that reduces operational energy consumption to a minimum, built using products that are manufactured using minimum-waste technology, that last for the duration of a building’s desired life, and that can be readily recycled when demolished.
IPN-QuadCore meets all of these needs. Through its superior thermal performance, it can significantly reduce energy consumption, while its fire certificate and ultra-long structural and performance guarantee ensures it will perform as-built for 40 years. Finally, the unique microcell technology developed by Kingspan ensures the manufacturing process is as efficient as possible, and every IPN-QuadCore panel can be fully recycled at end-of-life to ensure no building waste ends up in landfill.
All of this not only means that IPN-QuadCore adds six valuable BREEAM points to a building. It also adds value, with a recent University of Maastricht study showing the cumulative impact on rental yields of environmentally-friendly buildings1. This results in better buildings that work harder for owners and tenants, and a better environment for everyone.
1 Supply, Demand and the Value of Green Buildings, Chegut et al, http://usj.sagepub.com/content/51/1/22.abstract