Bombay Sapphire distillery world's first to achieve highest level of sustainable construction
A Bombay Sapphire gin distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire has become the first distillery to achieve the highest level of sustainable construction under the BREEAM accreditation.
The 'Outstanding' design-stage BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) rating given to the distillery means the buildings 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.
This is 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.
The Bombay Sapphire distillery process buildings have been awarded a score of 86.81%, the second highest score awarded to an industrial building by BREEAM.
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.