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The new headquarters has been nominated for LEED® GOLD LEED® level certification. The acronym stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and represents the world's most popular recognition of building energy and environmental performance. It is a voluntary measuring system, designed to evaluate both new and existing commercial, tertiary and residential buildings. The new Corporate Management Centre has adhered to the stipulations of the LEED® protocol, from selection of the site through to design, execution (which recovered 80% of the rubble) and post-employment monitoring. The building is designed to maximise the comfort of the people at Lavazza, save energy and cut the use of drinking water. The evaluation criteria are divided into prerequisites and credits. Prerequisites are minimum requirements to be respected to obtain any level of LEED® certification. Credits allow you to obtain a score based on what determines the level of certification: base, silver, gold and platinum.
The new Lavazza Corporate Management Centre aims to achieve the gold level, under the LEED® Italia 2009 standard for new constructions and renovations.
It is worth ¼ of the assignable points, and addresses environmental aspects of the site where the building is being constructed. Credits reward the choice to build within urban areas or in areas well served by public transport, to regenerate sites, to encourage future users to use ecological means of transport, to collect and recycle rainwater, to reduce the island heat effect (overheating of urban areas) and light pollution.
The category Water management category (1 prerequisite, 3 credits, max 10 points) addresses environmental issues relating to the use, management and disposal of water in buildings, promoting the reduction in consumption of water and the recycling of rainwater.
This category is worth 1/3 of the assignable points and promotes the improvement of the energy performance of buildings and the use of energy from renewable or alternative sources.
This category (1 prerequisite, 8 credits, max 14 points) takes into account environmental issues relating to the selection of materials, to waste disposal and the reduction of the environmental impact caused by road traffic.
The category (2 prerequisites, 15 credits, max 15 points) addresses environmental issues regarding the health, safety and comfort of the building’s occupants, the effectiveness of the air exchange system and the control of air contamination.
Project registration is the formal step that launches the LEED® certification process. A project nominated for certification must prove that it can meet the minimum programme requirements, and only at this point can the project be effectively registered. Project designers must therefore prepare the necessary documentation and calculations to demonstrate fulfilment of prerequisites and credit criteria. LEED® certification is obtained on completion of the build by demonstrating that the building meets the programme requirements of the level of certification applied for.
The new Lavazza Corporate Management Centre was registered as having achieved LEED® Gold certification in September 2011, and on that date it was the first candidate building in the Piedmont region.
Since certification is a complex process which involves constant activity monitoring, there are three dedicated bodies for the Lavazza Corporate Management Centre: