Nomura Group, a Japanese financial services company, is the proud owner of London’s first carbon neutral building. Located on the north bank of the Thames at One Angel Lane, the building is an energy-efficient building topped with green roofs and photovoltaic panels. Designed by London-based Fletcher Priest Architects, the office building was built considering energy use, materials, waste, biodiversity, water use, the community, and resource conservation both during demolition and construction.
The building is built on the site of a former project that makes use of 30% of the existing infrastructure as a way to reduce impact, resources and costs. The project also increased public space along the river by 30% and includes a new accessible bridge link over Upper Thames Street, an enhanced Riverside Walk, and the largest riverside square in the City of London. The office itself is a five-story timber building reminiscent of historic wharf structures that features a responsive timber-louvered shading structure on the inside to help keep the interior cool.
The 800,140sqft building features multiple green roofs – the main roof is covered with sedum and photovoltaic panels, while the other two are landscaped grassed terraces. One Angel Lane takes advantage of solar passive design and a high-performance facade to reduce its energy consumption by half compared to an equivalent benchmark building – and it creates its own energy to meet the other half of its needs. The company has implemented a number of sustainability strategies including waste recycling systems, cycle to work schemes, carbon working groups, and environmental representatives.Source: inhabitat.com