With the Novaston team, Schneider Electric has LEED Platinum certification

Schneider Electric has LEED Platinum certification

The InGrid office building, a Schneider Electric company, recently received LEED Platinum certification. The entire certification process, from the very beginning of implementation to realization, was led by the Novaston Project Management (NPM) company team, which is part of the Novaston real estate platform.

"It is an office project that covers approximately 17,000 square meters and is intended to accommodate 800 employees. Our company, Novaston Project Management (NPM), has been in charge of this process from the beginning - of the implementation to its realization. Of course, we also owe a great deal of gratitude for the joint work and effort to obtain such a high level of certification to our collaborators, Triple Green BC, and above all to Schneider Electric, which sets high demands and applies sustainability in every segment of its business and corporate policy. From the beginning, we had very clear concept guidelines based on sustainable principles: the integration of space with greenery and natural light, the organization of the work space in accordance with the principles of social sustainability," said JelenaJolović, Head of operations at NPM, who led the entire process.

"We are extremely proud of the fact that in a relatively short time we managed to fulfill all the requirements for obtaining the highest level of LEED certification—the LEED Platinum certificate. Many things influenced the fulfillment of the conditions, but I would like to point out only a few, such as:

• Energy performance: the project achieves almost 50% energy savings compared to a standard similar project and received additional LEED points for the production of renewable energy, which accounts for one fifth of the building's energy consumption.

• BMS: management of the facility with more modern systems in order to be aware of energy consumption at all times. The facility received additional points for reduced internal water consumption (by more than 55% compared to a similar facility) and for the ability to use the project as a green building education tool.

• Innovations: the project met high criteria of innovation thanks to quality design, access to nature through the view and interior atriums, and biophilic design that provides a soothing and productive environment. High-quality micro-environments have been achieved, which are equally accessible to all employees of the company.

• Exceptionally good location: the project has excellent access to public transport for more than 1000 passengers, thus reducing the carbon footprint of private vehicle transport. This is also thanks to the location in a dense urban area and the available public services in the immediate vicinity. Moreover, the Novkabel industrial site is an area that will be further developed in the future, which will help the entire complex and the businesses located in it to prosper," pointed out JelenaJolović.

According to currently available data on the official website of the U.S. Green Building Council, Schneider Hub is one of the three owners of the LEED Platinum certificate currently in our country. By the way, the LEED certificate is extremely important for investors who show responsibility in business and set a good example in the construction industry. A building designed and built according to the LEED Gold or Premium standard has reduced electricity and water consumption, lower CO2 emissions by 10–30%, reduced operating costs, and increased the value of the building. The LEED certificate is also extremely important for the end user of such facilities; they are healthier and happier, have better working conditions, more natural light, and greenery, but they also have the feeling that in such a working environment they contribute to the betterment of society and the community.