Issues concerning the environment and sustainability have been at the fore during the development of London Bridge Tower. Great lengths have been taken to ensure that the Tower is not just a building of incomparable quality, but that it will be a building sensitive to its local and global environment.
The construction of such a world class structure at London Bridge will attract further development to the area. Together with London Bridge Tower, these projects should form a business development area to ensure the ongoing sustainability of this high quality environment.
The Tower will also have exceptional environmental credentials, with stringent targets that will not only reduce the impact of the building on the environment, but will also promote a healthy and comfortable environment for its occupants. Cancel
During the development of the design of the Tower, four key areas have been identified as being fundamental to maintaining the Tower’s environmentally friendly status.
The design for the Tower has been estimated to achieve between 30-35% saving a year in energy use, below that which would be expected from a normal building of a similar nature. This will be achieved by reusing energy expelled from the office area to heat the hotel and residential areas. Surplus heat will be removed quite naturally via the ‘Radiator’ on the top of the building.
The Building will achieve a 50% reduction in potable water use, by utilising boreholes. The use of boreholes will also help in reducing London’s raising water table.
The overall reduction in energy consumption by the Tower will result in an overall reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions in a 25-year period.
Embodied energy is the most widely used measure of environmental burdens of the materials used in the construction of a building. The Tower’s design aims to minimise the use of materials with high embodied energy. The development will also look to utilise local supplies of recycled materials and minimise transport of materials to site, reducing the overall energy used.
INTRODUCTION KEY AREAS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) provides authoritative guidance on ways of minimising the adverse effects of buildings on the global and local environments while promoting a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. A pre-assessment of the London Bridge Tower has been carried out using the BREEAM 98 for offices. This resulted in a possible overall score of ‘Excellent’.