Eco-friendly office buildings are the future of construction

Modern buildings should not only be pretty and practical – ecology is also becoming an important aspect, both at the stage of constructing and operating buildings. Aluprof aluminium systems, which are manufactured with low emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, are successfully used in such projects. Importantly, they can also be recycled and reused in a new incarnation after many years, so they fit perfectly into the idea of circular construction. There is a reason why the solutions of the company from Bielsko-Biała are valued by developers of certified office buildings in Poland and abroad. We would like to invite you to a short tour around exceptional buildings created in the spirit of ‘eco’ on Aluprof systems.

First up, we invite you to London for an up-close look at an extraordinary office building. In the Bankside district, just 200 metres from the River Thames, you find The Forge with zero carbon emissions – not only during its operation, but also during the construction phase. How was this possible? Ready-made kits of parts were used, increasing the efficiency, quality and speed of construction. This is thanks to the sustainable approach of Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly (P-DfMA for short). The Forge is also the first office building constructed according to the UK Green Building Council’s zero-emission building guidelines.

Pushing the boundaries of sustainable construction

Throughout the construction process, extensive use was made of information technology, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), allowing the cooperation between the design and construction teams to be extremely efficient. As a result, material consumption was significantly reduced, waste was reduced to a minimum, and all of this made a major contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. ‘The lessons learnt will serve as a benchmark for future construction projects, both in terms of efficiency and sustainability, inspiring us to continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the construction industry’, said Angela Branch, project director from the company Sir Robert McAlpine.

The construction of this unique office building used the MB-SE 120 SUM object-oriented elemental façade system with a basic column width of 120 mm. It met the stringent requirements set out in the building specification, as evidenced by the positive results of tests carried out at the Research and Innovation Centre in Ogrodzona. Prefabrication of ready-made kits of components was carried out entirely at Aluprof’s plant in Goleszów. The largest of them had dimensions of 3 x 4.76 m, and there were almost a thousand of them in total! The MB-SE 120 SUM façade was designed specifically for The Forge and has been successfully implementing the ideas of sustainable construction in office buildings in London since 2023.

The magnum opus of sustainable office buildings in Poland

Environmentally exceptional office buildings are not just the domain of Western European countries, so let us now travel from the UK to Poland. In Cracow, at 29 Listopada Ave., you can see the V.Offices building, which holds the title of the office building with the highest BREEAM score in Poland. It was rated Outstanding, with a score as high as 98.87 per cent. At the time of receiving this prestigious document, it was also the second best result in the world. The BREEAM certificate is a confirmation of meeting sustainable construction standards at all stages of a building’s life. The assessment of a building takes into account, for example, the quality of the internal environment, the management of the building’s operation, energy efficiency and the building materials used.

Speaking of building materials, it is worth focusing on the Aluprof systems used in this unique building. In the case of façades, the tried-and-tested MB-SR50N and MB-SR50N EFEKT MB systems were used, as is often the case with BREEAM-certified projects (they have been used in such projects as: Podium Park in Cracow, the Engineering and Science Library at the University of Nottingham, Erskine House in Belfast and Chmielna 89 in Warsaw). ‘The designed façade was given a light colour to prevent excessive heating from the sun’s rays. The ventilated elements of the façade received beautiful perforation embellishments. However, what for most is only a visual element, for us was the object of an analysis of the potential of the building’s natural ventilation, where, through simulation modelling, we checked what amount of air enters the building in this way under the natural ventilation option. Aluprof’s systems thus fit perfectly into the design philosophy of the V.Offices building, in order to achieve an above-average effect of sustainable construction through an integrated partnership of various industries’, Dominik Włodarczyk of the certification company SWECO Polska said about this project.

Green buildings are not only advanced façades, but also modern windows. The V.Offices uses the MB-86 SI window and door system with a high thermal barrier. It is appreciated wherever a high level of energy efficiency is expected. Large aluminium windows are the domain of modern architecture, so it should also come as no surprise that the solutions used in the Cracow building include the MB-77HS HI high-insulation lift-and-slide system. It not only meets the requirements for energy efficiency and environmental protection, but also exceeds the regulations and standards in force.

Certified office buildings are taking the real estate market by storm. This should come as no surprise – after all, we no longer pay close attention only to spending our free time in a healthy and sustainable environment, but also to staying in a healthy environment while working. This is why more and more people all over the world can enjoy the view through Aluprof aluminium windows and façades while working at the office.

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