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Dublin Airport achieves LEED Platinum accreditation for former Aer Lingus Head Office Building

Dublin Airport has become the first organisation in Ireland to achieve a LEED Platinum sustainability accreditation for the recently completed redevelopment of the former Head Office Building of Aer Lingus adjacent to Terminal 2.

Recently let to ESB International, the renamed ONE, Dublin Airport Central Building consists of 7500sqm of corporate accommodation over 6 floors.

The prestigious LEED Platinum accreditation was granted by the United States Green Building Council, as the awarding authority, in February 2017 in recognition of the implementation of both practical and measurable strategies and solutions intended to deliver the highest levels of sustainability performance across a range of areas including: site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and internal environment quality.

The redevelopment project marked the commencement of Dublin Airport Central, a commercial office development project. Dublin Airport will continue this year with the development of the next phase consisting of 41,000sqm of Grade A, LEED accredited accommodation and a generous 1.25 acres of common collaborative parkland.

It is hoped that the delivery of Dublin Airport Central as a unique, highly efficient and truly connected business location will create an economic area of strategic national importance leveraging the economic synergies between the airport and the world’s top multi-national corporations.

The goal for this project was to construct an efficient building which delivered comfort and choice to its occupants by ensuring the continued management of the building in an environmentally sustainable manner. The fully integrated Business Management System (BMS) – which controls the pump sets, fire alarm and gas detection, water heaters, air conditioning, electricity and rainwater harvesting – now provides tenants with information enabling them to make informed choices relating to energy and water conservation.

In collaboration with the Dublin Airport mobility management team, a Dublin Airport Central Mobility Management Plan has been developed and agreed with the National Transport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Fingal County Council. The primary objectives are to promote the use of public transport, cycling and car-pooling/car sharing and to lower the traditional dependency of commuters on private vehicle use. Preferential parking is now available for low emission vehicles.

The achievement of LEED Platinum, as the highest building sustainability accreditation standard, demonstrates Dublin Airport’s commitment to sustainability and contributes positively towards our corporate strategy of delivering our sustainability policy objectives namely; to incorporate sustainable planning, design, procurement and construction into projects.

In 2015, Dublin Airport was the first airport in the world to be awarded the International Standard for Asset Management ISO 55001:2014, allowing the organisation to consistently meet or exceed performance with respect to sustainable asset management and social responsibility expectations.

In 2016, the airport was granted ISO 50001 Certification, an International Energy Management Standard (EMS) that establishes systems and process necessary to improve energy performance.

Image: Building before redevelopment, (constructed in 1966), Aer Lingus Head Office building.

Image: Building during construction, over 400 construction jobs were supported during the redevelopment.

Image: Opening the new ESBI Headquarters at ONE Dublin Airport Central in April 2017. (L to R): Kevin Toland, Chief Executive, daa; Joyce Farrell, HR, ESB Innovation; Ollie Brogan, Managing Director, ESB International, Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive, ESB; and Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, ESB Innovation.

Main Image (L to R): ONE Dublin Airport Central, Tony Lambert, CEO, Fingal Dublin Chamber; Lorcan Tyrrell daa; Vincent Flynn ESBI; Guy Thompson, President, Fingal Dublin Chamber; Neil Quinn ESBI; and Eoin Murray, daa 
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