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Genzyme, New LEED Gold Certified Building
Multinational biotech firm Genzyme developed a new office, administration and laboratory building at its Biopharma fill-finish facility in Waterford, Ireland. The development achieved a LEED Gold sustainability rating.

The scope of this project included the development of a four storey energy efficient 4,900sqm office block, a 1,800sqm extension to the QC laboratory and the refurbishment of existing office areas.  PM Group was the overall project manager for this expansion.  We were also responsible for the civil/structural, mechanical/electrical, quantity surveying, cost control and LEED certification for the project.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • 35% less energy usage
  • 80% less water usage
  • 95% Construction Waste diverted from Landfill 

The building envelope was designed in compliance with the enhanced requirements of ASHRAE 90.1 2004.  Extensive dynamic thermal simulation was undertaken to ensure reductions in the buildings primary energy demand.  Regional and recycled material were utilised throughout and all construction wood and permanent joinery was sourced from sustainably managed forests.  GGBS (Ground Granulated Blast Slag) was used to replace a significant percentage of Portland cement resulting in a further reduction of CO2 emissions.

The project scored a total of 48/69 credits achieving LEED Gold with top marks in both Innovation and Design and Water Efficiency.  This is the first new Construction LEED certified building in Ireland

PM Group has previously worked with Genzyme on several other developments at its Waterford facility, as well as at its sites in Geel, Belgium and Massachusetts, USA.