The building targets Net Zero Carbon in Construction in accordance with UK Green Building Council framework and commits to achieving Net Zero Carbon in operation for landlord areas in line with NABERS landlord definition. The design concepts from the outset were driven by ambitious sustainability targets as part of the project brief including a road map to achieving Net Zero Carbon. The building is designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ with a stretch target of ‘Outstanding’. Several passive energy options were explored as part of the design process including detailed analysis and option studies of the external envelope to optimise thermal performance of the façade and internal solar gain. Sustainability strategy is set to achieve an embodied carbon savings minimum 640 kgCO2vcve/m2 with 45% betterment on Part L Building Regulation 2021. It targets net biodiversity gain of 12.6%, partly helped by 11,300 SF green living wall as bio-skin, extensive blue roof 25,000 SF, generous planted terraces, and extensive green roof. Green living wall will sequester CO2 and NOX particles from the atmosphere, providing cooling to the façade, enhanced acoustic attenuation, improve visual amenity and sense of wellbeing. Renewable energy provisions include 17,000 SF of PVs, 60% roof plant area and 50% EV charger provision on day 1, a robust sustainable drainage system, rainwater harvesting, and retention used for irrigating the living wall, and landscape.
Key added values to the project by design, includes exceeding initial project brief in terms of ESG and total NIA targets. Initial brief was set for a five-storey building and 128,000 SF NIA. The current scheme achieves a six-storey building and 168,000 SF NIA, a 40,000 SF NIA increase. It is the first commercial laboratory building in Oxford with flexible floorplates of up to 35,000 SF NIA. Other key added values by design includes generous roof terraces at two upper levels, extensive green living wall.