Elielin liikerakennus achieves LEED classification
MREC Elielin liikerakennus is the first hotel property in Finland to achieve in-use LEED environmental classification. In addition to a hotel, the property offers office and retail premises.
Property’s energy consumption has decreased circa 10 per cent, and its carbon dioxide emission have decreased 293 tons compared with year 2011. Energy efficiency has improved based on the energy audit conducted in 2012. Operating and control times of the air conditioning and heating equipment in the property have been adjusted. In addition, lighting controls have been made more fit for their purpose. Water consumption in the property has decreased circa 20 per cent.
Electricity is being produced completely using renewable energy sources and free of carbon dioxide. This is proved by the guarantees of origin of green electricity achieved for Eliel for the years 2013 and 2014.
Green highlights for the tenants
The premises are centrally located in the core of Helsinki City. Tenants and other users of the building are able to widely utilize public transportation connections. Based on a user survey conducted in 2013, nine out of ten employees in the premises use public transportation or bicycles, or they walk during their commute.
The property is being cleaned in an environmentally friendly way, which improves comfort at work and minimizes health hazards. Cleaning chemicals are eco-labeled and designed to reduce the consumption of water and chemical products.
One of the environmental objectives set was to develop recycling in the property. Circa 60 per cent of the cardboard, bio waste, glass, and metal used in the building are being recycled. Implementation of recycling was repeatedly audited during 2012 and 2013. Audits helped recognize the means to enhance recycling in cooperation with the tenants of the property.
What is LEED?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) classification is admitted to show that a building is energy efficient. LEED steers the development of facilities management and users’ modes of operation in order to reach the set environmental objectives and to select sustainable solutions based on the location, energy and water-consumption efficiency, material use, and indoor conditions of a building. This classification system is managed and the certificates are admitted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The non-profit organization coordinates and develops the system according to needs and technologies that are constantly changing.
The LEED classification process for the Elielin liikerakennus was steered by Pöyry Finland Oy. Pöyry also compiled the actual application, based on which the property received LEED Certified-level classification in November 2013.