Booze News Spirits News — 22 March 2013

The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become both the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) accreditation[1]for its distillery process buildings.

 

BREEAM is the world’s leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the measurement used to describe a building’s environmental performance. To achieve this design-stage accreditation, the project is assessed using a system of environmental measures grouped by management, health and well-being, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology, pollution, and innovation.

The ‘Outstanding’ design-stage rating given to the distillery process buildings at Laverstoke Mill will be validated upon completion when the final certification will be awarded. The buildings have achieved the highest level of sustainable construction, and are expected to be one of the most environmentally friendly distilleries in the world. The completed distillery will see a 60% reduction in carbon emissions and nearly an 85% improvement over what is required by building regulations.

The Bombay Sapphire distillery process buildings have been awarded an excellent score of 86.81%, the second highest score awarded to an industrial building by BREEAM. This is as a result of a number of specific technologies incorporated into the distillery’s design, including power generation from the River Test which flows through the site,[2] the installation of a combination of on-site renewable energy generating systems, such as photovoltaics, a bio-fuelled boiler and 6kW hydro-electric water wheel.

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