The UBS headquarters has not only been completely refurbished, it has also been planned and implemented according to the requirements of LEED Platinum. What does that mean? It’s the highest level of the world’s leading green building rating system. It confirms that the entire refurbishment was carried out in accordance with high standards for environmentally friendly, resource-efficient and sustainable building.
To qualify for a LEED certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a building is assessed on a number of different criteria in various categories. These include public transport links, water and energy efficiency and the use of recycled and regional materials.
”So how was that high score achieved?” you might be wondering. It wasn’t easy. The only given was that the building is easily accessible by public transport. On all the other criteria, UBS only achieved its high rating by actively making an effort. It was awarded maximum points for its use of water-saving taps and for harvesting rainwater to water the plants of the mini-park. By installing thermal insulation on the shell of the building, energy-efficient LED lighting throughout and sensor-assisted building services, including a heat recovery system, along with many other measures, energy consumption can be reduced by 30%.
For the people managing the project, it was very important to use environmentally friendly materials that were low in pollutants and locally sourced resources, for example the timber, which is almost 90% FSC-certified. Anyone who visits the UBS headquarters can feel just how welcoming this has made the building, with a very pleasant indoor climate.