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Nordea Bank's new headquarters in Ørestad, close to the city of Copenhagen, is an ambitious sustainable building, aiming at the highest LEED standard - LEED Platinum.
In 2016, Nordea Bank moves from Christianshavn in Copenhagen to an attractive location in Ørestad Nord next to DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) and the DR concert hall, Koncerthuset.
The new building features 46,000 square meters of sustainable floor area in six floors, of which 5,000 square metres will be occupied by one of Northern Europe's largest trading floors and data center.
The bar is set high for the new building, both in terms of architecture and sustainability, and only with a complete focus on the sustainable aspects of the construction process can Nordea's new headquarters achieve the high LEED Platinum certification, which is reserved for the most energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and healthy buildings.
With regard to the data center, the energy consumption is calculated according to a particular model in the LEED system and measured against another benchmark than the rest of the building. In this way, it is possible to achieve the level platinum in the LEED certification, although the building has an energy-consuming data center. In addition, the data center is very efficient compared to other data centers.
COWI is consultant for the LEED certification. Along with Henning Larsen Architects, we are implementing a number of sustainable initiatives including low energy consumption, a healthy indoor environment including the use of healthy materials, and rainwater management:
Before the building is finished in 2016, it will undergoextensive commissioning. This will involve testing all the technical facilities including ventilation, pumps and lighting to ensure that the complex systems can work together.
At the same time´, the filters in the ventilation system will be replaced, and the whole building will be flushed with fresh air before it is put to use.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the U.S. system run by the U.S. Green Council. LEED operates with four categories: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.COWI is responsible for ensuring that a building can achieve the platinum level of certification, while it is the organizations behind that approves the labelling.
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46,000 m2 new build and 10,000 m2 underground parking.
COWI is consultant for the LEED certification. Along with Henning Larsen Architects, we are implementing a number of sustainable initiatives.
Henning Larsen Architects
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Calculations for the solar cells show an energy consumption of 38.7 kWh/m2 a year, when a solar cell area of 1,870 m2 is implemented. This means that the energy consumption of the building will be approx. 6% below the required low-energy class in 2015, which is 41.0 kWh/m2 a year.
Certification of sustainable buildings
US Green Building Council: LEED