The new PriceWaterhouseCooper office tower has become the first office building in the UK to get BREEAM’s highest rating of “outstanding”. Dubbed the “7 More London“, the building stands on the south bank of the Thames near city hall. Developed by one of the world’s largest professional services firms, the half-million square foot building combines daylighting with advanced HVAC and solar technologies to conserve energy.
The ‘7 More London’ is designed to utilize waste heat from its air conditioning system. The designers claim that 25% of the building’s energy is produced onsite. The solar thermal panels with onsite energy generation using recycled cooking oil are responsible for that big amount of energy produced. Europe’s leading green building rating system, BREEAM makes use of a point system that takes a number of sustainable building issues into consideration to award a building its rating. The issues include reductions in water and energy use, increasing natural lighting and fresh air, the use of recycled materials, and placement. The new PriceWaterhouseCooper office tower has succeeded in obtaining an energy conservation rating of 70% above building code.