7 More London Tower Earns Top International RatingAugust 4th, 2010 | Category: Featured News
The historic quarter of Southwark in London is now the location of Great Britain’s first office building that has achieved the Breeam “Outstanding” rating for particularly sustainable technical building design. The ten-storey “7 More London” was planned by the architect group Foster & Partners and utilizes renewable energies, modern technical facilities and an energetically optimized solar control glass façade that helps keep CO2 emissions low–74 percent below the CO2 limit specified in 2006. The project also features ipasol neutral solar control glass from Interpane, which helps reduce the rise in office temperatures in the summer to keep air-conditioning costs low.
The glass architecture of the project More London is located next to Tower Bridge. The More London area has been under development since 2003, and their glass façades create an open, transparent and inviting appearance.
7 More London completes the project. At more than 60,000 square meters, the building’s floor space has the size of four football fields. The tower features a number of ecological and energy-saving technologies and materials, including a 16,500-square-meter solar control glass façade constructed with ipasol neutral 50/27 from Interpane.
The multi-angled building encloses a polygonal inner courtyard, and the wings of the building are interconnected by curved sky bridges that are several stories high and concave on both sides. The so-called “zig-zag” façade around the building is distinctive in appearance because the entire surface is meandering. The metal construction works of the project were conducted by seele from Gersthofen, Germany.
In terms of the solar control glazing, while ipasol neutral 50/27 helps reduces office temperatures, it also provides a neutral view to the outside and abundant daylight inside, reducing the need for electrical lighting. In addition, as laminated safety glass, the glazing also meets safety standards.
7 More London is the first building in London to achieve the Breeam “Outstanding” rating. The Breeam method was introduced in 1990 for assessing the sustainability of new office buildings in Great Britain and analyses aspects such as energy and resource input, room air quality and the execution and organization of the construction works. In order to get this rating, the building has to meet strict standards and score at least 85 out of 100 points in the evaluation. These points are awarded in various fields, including CO2 emissions and energy demand, recycling of materials, management, health and well-being, transport, water and land use.