Exeter’s Green Tree Court has proved it’s green by nature as well as name by gaining a coveted Excellent BREAMM standard. BREAMM is the world’s leading design assessment method for sustainable buildings. Green Tree Court is one of only a handful of nursing care homes in the country to achieve this highly-respected status, putting the building in the top 10% of new non-domestic buildings in the UK.
“When we designed Green Tree Court, we were determined to make it one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable residential, nursing and dementia care homes in the UK,” commented Michelle Gorringe, Managing Director of Lexicon Healthcare. “We’re delighted to have achieved this esteemed status as proof of our commitment to excellence. And this award has other benefits beyond sustainability and a reduced environmental impact. These standards also help us to improve the working and living environments thought the building for the benefit of our staff and residents.”
Sustainable features at Green Tree Court include:
- A full recycling program
- Low energy lighting
- A staff travel plan which encourages and helps staff to walk, cycle, lift share or use public transport to work
- An efficient combined heating and power (CHP) boiler system, which naturally generates electricity at the same time as providing us with heating and hot water. This electricity is then used help to power the Green Tree Court.
- Achieving carbon neutral impact within its first year by offsetting the carbon output through investment in a number of sustainable carbon offset schemes around the world.
What is BREAMM?
BREEAM measures sustainable value in a series of categories, ranging from energy to ecology. Each of these categories addresses the most influential factors, including low impact design and carbon emissions reduction; design durability and resilience; adaption to climate change; and ecological value and biodiversity protection. Within every category, developments score points – called credits – for achieving targets, and their final total determines their rating