The Cen­tre placed first at this year’s Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Awards

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

The state-of-the-art of­fice block, The Cen­tre, strate­gi­cally lo­cated at Tigné Point, was awarded first place as a sus­tain­able en­ter­prise at the an­nual Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise Awards cer­e­mony or­gan­ised by the Min­istry for the Econ­omy, In­vest­ment and Small Busi­nesses. These awards serve to recog­nise, pro­mote and re­ward busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions that have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the var­i­ous as­pects of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. This is not the first sus­tain­able award for The Cen­tre, which was the first Mal­tese de­vel­op­ment to be awarded the pres­ti­gious GOLD Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED) Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Sus­tain­abil­ity is based on the sim­ple prin­ci­ple that ev­ery­thing we need for our sur­vival and well-be­ing de­pends, ei­ther di­rectly or indi­rectly, on our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. While new tech­nolo­gies con­tinue evolv­ing to help com­ple­ment cur­rent practices in cre­at­ing greener build­ings, the com­mon ob­jec­tive is to find ways of re­duc­ing the over­all im­pact of the built en­vi­ron­ment on hu­man health and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

From the very be­gin­ning, The Cen­tre was de­signed with the main aim of cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment that pro­tects its en­vi­ron­ment while pro­vid­ing its work­ers and vis­i­tors with a com­fort­able, pro­duc­tive and healthy en­vi­ron­ment for both work and leisure. The five strate­gic and sus­tain­able pil­lars on which The Cen­tre fo­cuses are sus­tain­able site de­vel­op­ment, wa­ter sav­ing, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, ma­te­ri­als and re­sources se­lec­tion and in­door en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity. The Cen­tre, as a LEEDcer­ti­fied build­ing, there­fore max­imises the use of key re­sources more ef­fi­ciently than con­ven­tional build­ings.

“We are thrilled to re­ceive such an award, which rep­re­sents our com­mit­ment to mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment by de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing a sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly build­ing. De­vel­op­ing sus­tain­ably is about meet­ing the needs of the present with­out com­pro­mis­ing the abil­ity of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and we know that there is a grow­ing need and de­mand for green build­ings across all sec­tors and or­gan­i­sa­tions. Hope­fully, this award and recog­ni­tion will en­cour­age oth­ers to fol­low suit,” said CEO JanKarl Far­ru­gia.

De­vel­oped at a cost of €28 mil­lion over a pe­riod of two-and-ahalf years, this com­mer­cial project was com­pleted just over a year ago and en­joys full oc­cu­pancy. A sus­tain­able ap­proach to build­ing in­cluded im­ple­ment­ing prac­ti­cal and mea­sur­able strate­gies and solutions aimed at achiev­ing high per­for­mance in sus­tain­able site de­vel­op­ment, wa­ter sav­ings, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, ma­te­ri­als se­lec­tion and in­door en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity. Fur­ther­more, the build­ing has been fit­ted out to the high­est spec­i­fi­ca­tions, com­plete with a state-of-the-art IT ser­vices back­bone and cen­tralised HVAC heat­ing and cool­ing through­out.

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