The Sustainability Of Large Contemporary Commercial Buildings : The European Investment Bank Headquarters And The New Wembley Stadium
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1.0 Executive Summary
This report provides an analysis, critique and comparison of the sustainability of two large contemporary commercial buildings: the European Investment Bank headquarters and the new Wembley Stadium. Fundamental methods of analysis include their design, construction, and lifetime costs, where each heading is explored in greater depth.
The report finds that the architects of both buildings have evidently provided a significant focus on maintaining a high sustainability value.
Recommendations discussed include:
• Employing schemes to promote public transport
• The use of recyclable construction materials
• Use of locally produced materials to reduce environmental impact
• Consider the use of geothermal energy
• Implementing water efficiency techniques
The report also investigates the fact that the analysis conducted has limitations. Some of the limitations include:
• A limited amount of readily available information
• The reliability of the sources
This report will describe and compare the sustainability credentials of large European buildings, focusing specifically on the European Investment Bank (EIB) Headquarters in the city of Luxembourg and the new London Wembley Stadium.
Ingenhoven Architects designed the new headquarters building for EIB, as shown in Appendix I, completed in 2008 after a six-year construction period. It provides 72,500 square-metres of office space and other facilitates with up to