Gothia Towers will be the first Swedish hotel to obtain environmental certification under the international BREEAM standard. “This will greatly enhance the environmental performance of the project,” says Pierre Kroona, project manager.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) was established in the UK in 1990 and is perhaps the most widely recognised environmental assessment system for buildings around the world today. “Strict criteria are set in nine environmental areas. The aim is to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment during their construction and management,” explains Pierre Kroona.
It is based on a points system, with a maximum score of 100, and there are five different ratings: satisfactory, good, very good, excellent and outstanding. Gothia Towers is aiming for the third level – very good. To achieve this it needs to score at least 55 points. Documentation will be submitted to BREEAM in May and the verdict is expected sometime in summer.
Environmental assessment of the third tower and the existing hotel is expected to be complete in time for the launch, in 2014/2015.