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Ambitious LEED project for Nordea Bank

Photo: Henning Larsen Architects

​​Nordea Bank's new headquarters is aiming at the highest LEED standard.

​Nordea Bank's new headquarters in Copenhagen quarter Orestad is an ambitious sustainable building project aiming at the highest LEED standard – LEED Platinum.

In 2016, one of Scandinavia’s largest banks, Nordea Bank, is set to vacate its present Danish headquarters, and move into new facilities in Orestad. Right from the start, the bar is set high for the new building project.

By focusing heavily on the sustainable aspects of the construction process, Nordea's new headquarters aims to achieve the coveted LEED Platinum certification. Sustainability initiatives include collecting rainwater from the roof in a rainwater tank that supplies the toilets and irrigates the green areas. As a result, only ten per cent of rainwater within the area is discharged into the sewer.
“This is one of the largest LEED projects ever undertaken in Denmark, and also one of the largest LEED projects COWI has ever been involved in,” says Juliane Münch, DGNB Consultant and LEED AP.

Innovation for the future

COWI provides consultancy on the LEED certification, and implements, along with Henning Larsen Architects, a number of sustainable initiatives.
The new headquarters features 46,000 m2 of sustainable floorage in six floors, of which 5,000 m2 will be occupied by Northern Europe's largest trading floor and data centre. To meet the challenge of keeping down the room temperature in the huge data centre, COWI developed a unique ventilation principle known from server rooms and laboratories which entails fresh air entering the room through the floor.
According to Münch, there is a great future potential in the market for sustainable buildings.
“More and more big international companies are asking for LEED certification. It is a way of branding a company internationally, as LEED is well-known throughout the world.”

LAST UPDATED: 06.10.2017