Dreams are made of this… the new terminal at Southend Airport has achieved a Very Good rating by BREEAM, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology.
The airport was granted planning permission, however, there was a stipulation attached to the permission that the building must achieve BREEAM accreditation. So, the pressure was on, however the airport succeeded by achieving an overall score of 57.9%!
A BREEAM accreditation gives credit to those buildings taking into account low carbon and low impact designs and building practices, as well as minimise energy demands and maximising energy efficiency.
Commenting on how London Southend Airport earned its Very Good certificate, Operations Director Jason Ivey said: “We looked to introduce a number of features into the terminal extension that reflected both Councils’ wishes and those of the general public. 10% of the building’s energy is sourced by renewables. We achieve this via the (solar) PV panels on the terminal’s roof and air source heat pumps which absorb heat from the outside air and then use it to warm the interior of the building. Even if the temperature is as low as -15° C outside, these remarkable devices can create heat from natural resources. We have also constructed a cycle shelter and created a wildflower meadow to increase the biodiversity around the site and raise the overall ecological value of the airport’s perimeter.”