On Monday March 4, the BREEAM Awards 2019 took place. With great joy, we received the Homes Design Stage Award for the Falconhoven L-Blok Apartments project of CIP. With this project, we together with our client set an example. Awarded with the BREEAM Outstanding certificate in design stage, this building sets the standard for future residential projects.
The very first Awards were presented at Ecobuild, a sustainable construction convention. After a short speech in a noisy area at the convention itself, the Awards used to be handed out during a reception with few attendees.
And yet, the BREEAM Awards have grown into a very stylish event resembling the Oscars, with an international appearance, and reaching all corners of the earth. Inspiring projects from Kazachstan to Cuba are put into the spotlight. The whole of Europe, from west to east and from south to north, is represented. This edition Sweden and the Netherlands were present with a very large amount of nominees and Awards-winners. But also, investors, developers and project teams of Turkey, Romania, Poland, Spain and Belgium, want to make the difference by excelling in sustainable construction and thereby contributing to the mitigation of climate change.
Probably the biggest contribution of the BREEAM Awards is showing the outside world that it is possible to develop exemplary sustainable buildings in a cost-effective and thus economically feasible way.
It is clear from the judges’ feedback that the aspect of sustainability goes beyond ecological aspects, and that when it comes to creating long-term value it also needs to take into account social integration and economic impact.
The ecosystem around BREEAM and GRESB, participating for the third year in the Awards, brings a positive story. Today, 2.2 million buildings are registered and more than 500.000 have been certified. BREEAM not only considers new buildings but also strives to improve existing buildings by reducing their negative impact on society. In addition, BREEAM can be applied on the development of communities, where probably the largest positive contribution can be realised.
The evolution of the BREEAM Awards clearly shows that the technology and business models facilitating sustainable construction are permanently evolving. Fortunately the rising tension among the nominees when the moment of the Awards is imminent and the euphoria among the winners once they are announced will never change!
Bopro, represented by Stefaan Martel, received the Homes-Design Stage Award for the Falconhoven L-Blok Apartments project. A project in which Bopro accompanies CIP. Falconhoven, a 3 floor and 51 apartment building decisively chooses for sustainability. Sustainable, maintenance-friendly materials of the highest quality are used and energy-saving measures are implemented, that not only lowers the energy costs, but it also lowers the impact on the environment. Not only the ecological impact is minimised, this complex also shows that social integration and human well-being are the building blocks of a sustainable project. Health and comfort standards are set high. The design allows optimal daylighting, acoustics and healthy indoor air quality. With BREEAM as a guide, CIP offers a sustainable, futureproof apartment to the buyers, in which people can live their entire life. Also during the execution phase, Bopro will accompany CIP, aiming to achieve the highest post construction stage BREEAM score for residential projects in Belgium!