Greenest office designed

An office in a Leeds business park has been dubbed the greenest building in the UK after achieving the highest ever BREEAM rating awarded


An office in a Leeds business park has been dubbed the greenest building in the UK after achieving the highest ever BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating awarded.



Cardiff-based Rio Architects and Bath consulting engineers King Shaw Associates designed the £5.5m Innovate Property office. It has a BREAM rating of 87.55 per cent, which helped it win the 2007 BREAM award category for offices.



The 2,300m2 office is set to have CO2 emissions equivalent to a fifth of those of a regular office, and to reduce total carbon emissions by three quarters.



The building took five years to design and features a green roof. Plastic from recycled mobile phones and 100 percent recycled aggregates are used in its construction. Collected rainwater is used to flush the toilets.



The building is being evaluated by its owners and will be monitored by Leeds University for two years, after which the design concept could serve as a model for future commercial building projects.