Economic Zones World’s Gazeley leases award-winning sustainable building ‘Voltaic’ to Howard Tenens

Published March 14th, 2010 - 10:49 GMT
Economic Zones World subsidiary and global sustainable logistics developer Gazeley has recently leased out its award winning, sustainable building ‘Voltaic’ in Dagenham to Howard Tenens, one of the largest privately owned third-party logistics management groups in the UK.
The building, 233,000 square feet in size with 10,000 square feet of office space, will be used exclusively by Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) the UK based subsidiary of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
Voltaic incorporates many environmentally–friendly and sustainable features in its design. There are photovoltaic roof panels which produce and provide electricity by converting solar energy, minimising the use of fossil fuels and reducing the reliance on the electrical grid distribution system. The electricity thus produced is free of carbon emissions, saving 7.13 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
Sky-lights cover 15% of the roof, against an industry norm of 10%; this provides increased natural light to the warehouse floor, reducing the need for electric lighting. This initiative alone saves 59.02 tonnes of CO2 per annum.  This is the optimum percentage of natural light that can be introduced without damaging the products which are stored in the warehouse.
There is a ground source heat pump which uses the ‘earth’s energy’ to supply heating and cooling systems for the offices, saving 50.85 tonnes of CO2 per annum.  Solar thermal collectors create free hot water in the summer and delivers substantial hot water savings in the winter, saving 4.57 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
These energy sources provide a projected saving of 14% of the office power costs and 121.5 tonnes of CO2 per annum equating to circa 8% savings per annum.
Rainwater collection from the roof harvests conserves up to 400,000 litres of water per annum, which is recycled into the toilet areas. Low water use appliances are installed in staff areas providing further water savings which in total are projected to be in the region of 50% on normal water usage.
Sustainable timber, recycled and natural materials are incorporated in the interior of the building. In addition, the building uses organic paint to reduce toxic emission, delivering a healthier working environment. The yard area is landscaped featuring local vegetation to promote biodiversity.
Peter Latham, Vice President Logistics European Supply Chain, CCE said, “We have made a public commitment to reduce the overall carbon footprint of our business operations by 15 per cent by 2020. We are already undertaking a number of initiatives to achieve this goal, including reducing our packaging and transport miles, as well as the energy we use in manufacturing.” He added: “Our new facility ‘Voltaic’ is a major step towards achieving that goal and we are very pleased to work with partners who are as committed as we are to energy conservation and investing in initiatives that that will deliver tangible benefits and minimise the impact of our business on the environment.”
Jonathan Fenton-Jones, Global Procurement and Sustainability Director at Gazeley said: “Voltaic’s use of low-carbon, green, sustainable technologies and environmentally aware design has won it the Sustainability Award at the Building Awards. The Borough of Barking and Dagenham have adopted Voltaic as a case study in its planning guidance to promote London Gateway. We are very proud of this development and will continue to focus our energies on creating environmentally advanced logistics facilities that not only are cost effective in the long run to our clients but also improve the communities they operate from.”
Gazeley is a global provider of sustainable logistics space. To date it has built over 60 million sq ft (5.6 million sq m) of quality warehouses and distribution parks across the globe. In 2009 Gazeley has won a multitude of Sustainability Awards including the ‘Best Sustainable Development’ at the LEAF Awards, Industrial Agents Society Awards, UK Commercial Property Awards and HANSE Global.

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