Five Technopolis Properties achieved Leed Gold Rating
Two completed new construction projects Pulkovo 2 in St. Petersburg and Innova 4 in Jyväskylä have recently achieved LEED Gold certifications, which show the projects’ excellent environmental performance. Of these Pulkovo 2 is the 1st Technopolis international project outside of Finland to achieve the LEED building rating! This is an excellent example of Technopolis being able to obtain LEED building ratings in all of our operating countries.
In addition, two Technopolis existing buildings and one existing campus have achieved LEED Gold certifications: Yliopistonrinne 1 in Tampere, Ruoholahti 1 in Helsinki and Kiviharjunlenkki buildings in Oulu. LEED Existing Building certificates demonstrate that Technopolis is also interested in the condition of its older buildings and improving their upkeep. It is challenging for existing buildings to achieve Gold-level, so the result is highly valued.
Technopolis has committed to using the internationally renowned LEED building rating system for developing and comparing the ecological efficiency of our buildings. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, with American origins, is a widely used way of monitoring the ecological footprint of buildings. The system was created by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED-certified buildings are divided into four categories: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The certification serves as an independent third-party confirmation that the building was designed and built to be effective in five key areas that measure better health and environmental performance: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. LEED rating helps to maintain ecological impact and operational expenses of the property, to improve maintenance quality and responsibility of operations.
Features supporting LEED certification in Pulkovo 2 are, among others, energy efficient base building systems, water efficient fixtures, enhanced commissioning, location near services, a shuttle bus connection, parking for bicycles and low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, sufficient ventilation and CO2 monitoring in densely occupied spaces like conference rooms. In the existing buildings that achieved gold level, a customer satisfaction survey, energy audits and actions for energy and water efficiency were carried out and green plans were made for cleaning, procurement and waste management in addition to improving maintenance practises.
Technopolis has 17 LEED registered projects, of which 13 projects have already received LEED certificates and the rest are currently pursuing the certification.