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SEP-OCT 2015

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activity contributes to an inspirational workplace environment that is operationally, aesthetically and environmentally outstanding. The Edge was the first building to utilize Philips' Ethernet-powered LED-connected lighting, which enables employees to use an application on their smartphones to regulate the climate and light over their individual workspaces. This innovative technology not only saves businesses money on energy costs, but serves as a means of providing information and data about how the building is running to drive overall efficiency. "The Edge was the first building to utilize Philips' Ethernet-powered LED- connected lighting, which enables employees to use an application on their smartphones to regulate the climate and light over their individual workspaces." OVG Real Estate's The Edge, the World's Most Sustainable Building O VG Real Estate, the Dutch commercial real estate developer and investor, has created the world's most sustainable office building, after its newest property was awarded a new construction certification of 'Outstanding,' the highest score ever recorded by BREEAMĀ®, the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. OVG worked in close partnership with the building's principle occupier, leading global professional services firm Deloitte. By employing innovative smart technology, the 40,000-sq.ft.-(3716.12 square meter) Grade A office building achieved a score of 98.36 percent. The previous title holder was One Embankment Place in London. OVG worked in close partnership with Deloitte to bring together a collection of pioneering experts to design a building that not only sets a new global benchmark for the built environment, but prioritizes the comfort, health and productivity of its end-users. Commenting on the rating, Coen van Oostrom, Founder and CEO of OVG, said, "The built environment currently accounts for 40 percent of carbon emissions, so pushing the boundaries of what is possible by being brave and employing new technologies is critical. We have a responsibility to leave a green legacy for future generations. "Deloitte always strives for the best and the building we developed for them ref lects this. We brought together a team of experts and challenged them to identify new innovations to make The Edge one of the most efficient commercial properties in the world, built with and for Deloitte, the primary occupier. This collaborative approach was the reason that this building achieved such a high rating." The shape and orientation of the building presents the initial step to achieving the exceptional climatic performance of this headquarters. Large floor plates arranged around a north-facing atrium allow daylight to permeate the majority of workspaces, while load- bearing structures with smaller openings provide thermal mass and shade to the sunlit faces of the building. The 15-story atrium space full of light and GIA 2015 Global Innovator's Award Finalists Interior, The Edge September/October 2015 | the LEADER 51

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