The Hive garners 6 Stars for its active energy efficiency solutions
February 21, 2013 - Schneider Electric says ‘The Hive’—its HQ in Paris, France area—is the first building in the world to be Outstanding (6 stars) BREEAM In-Use certified. What does this mean?
By Anthony Capkun
BREEAM is the BRE (Building Research Establishment) Environmental Assessment Method. First launched in 1990, it covers all building types, including schools, healthcare buildings, offices and industrial units. In 2009, BRE Global developed BREEAM In-Use (Environmental and Sustainability Standard BES 5058); this assessment and certification scheme was designed to help owners, facility managers, investment managers and building occupiers measure and reduce environmental impact, and improve the performance of existing non-domestic buildings in a cost-effective and low-risk way.
BREEAM In-Use awards points (Credits), and groups the environmental impacts through criteria to come up with a final score from Pass (1 star) to Outstanding (6 stars).
At The Hive, Schneider demonstrates that implementation of the company’s active energy efficiency solutions—including data analysis, daily monitoring and staff behavioural education—have resulted in energy consumption reduction from 150 kWh/m2 to 78 kWh/m2.
“Our innovative solutions are focused in the area of active energy efficiency showing that huge savings are possible in existing buildings by digitalization, innovating monitoring and management,” said Bertrand Guarinos, energy and environment manager at The Hive.