Mentor, Ohio-based graphic films manufacturer Avery Dennison announces that the new European headquarters for its Materials Division Group has earned a “Very Good” certification rating from Breeam, a leading sustainability assessment organization.
Sustainability standards, developed by EU-based Breeam, are used for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings.
“Our sustainability vision involves thinking about much more than our own operations,” says Angelo Depietri, vice president and general manager of Avery Dennison’s Materials Group Europe. “We work to support sustainability initiatives with our customers, our partners, and across the wider community.
“This new building was conceived from the very start to create a place where our employees could collaborate, innovate and inspire our customers-and also to offer exceptional performance with resource and energy consumption.”
Features of the new building include energy-efficient ground-storage heating and cooling, heat-reflective glass, elevators that recover energy, motion-controlled lighting, Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber, and more than 100 birdcages on a sedum-covered green roof.
Depietri says none of the sustainability features compromise the building’s functionality.
“We now have a (nearly 40,000-square-foot) sustainable building that can accommodate up to 450 people, including a (nearly 5,300-square-foot) state-of-the-art research and development center for further product innovation,” he says.
The architectural firm Paul de Ruijter, developer OVG Real Estate and construction company J.P. van Eesteren, all based in the Netherlands, worked with Avery Dennison on the building’s design and construction.
The new facility is located in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands, in the BioScience Park, considered one of the top five science parks in the EU.
Globally there are nearly 540,000 Breeam-certified developments and nearly 2.2 million buildings registered in 73 countries.