“We have the most environmentally friendly hall for modern industry in the whole world. It is the culmination of the path of green building construction, which Pavel Sovička (Panattoni) and I set out on in 2015. And thanks to this, we now have one of the greenest portfolios in the world, in which a high proportion of regeneration of old brownfields with a long industrial tradition also plays a crucial role. I am glad that we are at the forefront again and that modern halls have received such a prestigious award. The stamp of the most ecological approach to the world around us. Yes, those halls that are often wrongly referred to as wasteful boxes. I would like to thank the entire team that participated in the construction and preparation and I am sure we will add one of the Outstandings also in Poland where we have a significant part of our portfolio,” said Milan Kratina, CEO of Accolade. You will come across sustainable development in the building literally on every one of its 27,000 square metres. But its most impressive parameters are in its water management, which corresponds to the increasingly relevant impact of climate change. Thanks to a unique system of flushing toilets with rainwater, it has been possible to reduce the consumption of drinking water by an incredible 84% compared to the industry standard. The hall is also equipped with smart LED lighting, measuring, and optimizing energy consumption and exterior blinds, which significantly save the energy needed to air-condition the premises. All this contributes to a 56% reduction in energy consumption and a 58% reduction in the carbon footprint. All the selected building materials were chosen with ecology and sustainable construction in mind. Many of the materials (more than 12%) have one of the ISO 14001, BES, or FSC certificates as well as the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The quality of the indoor environment, which takes into account working conditions for employees, also contributed to the high evaluation of the BREEAM 2016 New Construction certification. “The fact that the Panattoni Park Cheb South project has achieved an Outstanding BREEAM rating is a testament to the leadership and vision of the client and the hard work and dedication from the assessor and wider project team. It takes the delivery of a truly sustainable vision to achieve an “Outstanding” rating not just by focussing on a specific set of sustainability issues but by looking at everything in parallel. The whole team can be rightly proud of this achievement that will not only serve as a beacon of the possible for other projects in the Czech Republic but others around the world,” said Shamir Ghurma, Director of BREEAM, which conducts sustainable development certification worldwide. „Even though it was a challenge to target the “Outstanding” level, this project was unique from the very beginning. There are sustainability solutions incorporated in the project, such as rainwater flushing system, safe access for pedestrians and cyclists, outdoor resting space, biodiverse greenery of local species, reuse of materials from demolition and many others. These features coupled with the great cooperation of all parties involved together with our team have led to the highest score of the BREEAM certification for the new constructed building in the Czech Republic," says Malgorzata Sochacka from Arcadis, who has led the BREEAM certification process.