Super sustainable HQ opens its doors

A Passivhaus-certified office building designed by Leaf Architecture has been unveiled in Northamptonshire.

The timber-frame, carbon neutral facility is the new base of M&E firm Building Services Design’s (BSD) and benefits from a range of sustainability features such as LED lighting, photovoltaic roof panels, triple glazing, standup desks, a pool table and external bat boxes.

David White, director at BSD, said:

“We wanted to create a building that showcased what we do in the industry so were prepared to make an investment to attain Passivhaus and carbon neutral status. We have gone above and beyond to achieve these energy efficient building standards because we recognise the benefits – both for the environment and for the staff wellbeing.”

The office, called 31 Northamptonshire and located at the Kettering North Business Park, could save BSD an estimated 60 per cent on its annual running costs as a result of the new energy efficient building.

A combination of high-performance glazing, insulation and an airtight building envelope – which regulates the office’s internal temperature without relying on artificial heating or cooling – has contributed towards the office’s Passivhaus status and its EPC rating of A+.

Mr White said he had been ‘amazed’ how the facility had boosted his team’s motivation and morale, adding:

“The wellbeing of our staff is something that is extremely important to us and the new office has provided the perfect working environment. There is a two-mile walking track around the business park and surrounding woodland and staff enjoy going out into the fresh air at lunch time.”