In order to catalyse a sustainable process in the development of Bergen Business Park all Western aspects are implemented from day one. In Bergen Business Park the enterprises organisation, the buildings architecture and organisation, the technical systems, and the economic planned as a whole. From this a synergy effect arises between the individual elements, which in turn contributes to an overall solution.
The size and complexity of Bergen Business Park gives a large potential to create excess value and achieve environmental benefits. The formulation of the project is therefore anchored in an expanded sustainability perspective, which embraces social, economical, and environmental sustainability.
Bergen Business Park is planned and developed in accordance with the process tool BREEAM COMMUNITIES.
BREEAM Communities is an assessment method that is used to improve, measure and certify the social, environmental and financial sustainability in big development plans.
The area development is a complex interaction where, among other things, factors such as water, area use, transport, energy and the relations between the buildings effects the impact on the environment. Though conscious action in the planning phase it is possible to make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
From the start, Bergen Business Park has integrated sustainable design in the process of designing a master plan and has, as one of the first projects in Norway, included BREEAM requirements in the planning regulations.
The master plan provides a shared framework for the developer, municipality, as well as engaged advisers and architects such that sustainability will be assessed at the earliest stages - where the potential for achieving cost efficiency benefits is greatest. BREEAM Communities also functions as a foundation for the classification of the individual concrete buildings in BREEAM NOR.
The flexible business park is planned for the unplanned. We know little about tomorrows needs, and it is important to create a structure that is capable of absorbing changes in the market and how one runs a business.
Bergen Business Park has a robust plan with great flexibility that enables gradual development, something that makes it adaptable for prospective needs.
The dense business park is more energy effective and has low emissions. It can easier set up to good handling of surface water, use of long-distance heating and other energy- and environmental savings. Material cycle, water cycle, green biotopes, biodiversity, and building stock with a limited footprint are important themes. The linked park is set up to reduce environmental strain by encouraging to alternative transport solutions such as public transport, bicycle use, and walking. There is a good connection to public transport, and a good access to indoor parking possibilities for bikes with an affiliation to wardrobes and exercise rooms.
Place identity and legibility is important in social sustainability. The same is diversity in an outdoor area; different rooms with different qualities can have different functions and attract different types of people. Including and inviting meeting places and outdoor areas gives an alive city landscape and increases the feeling of safeness and sense of belonging. The lines of communication and openings facing the virgin landscape outside gives a good orientation, encourages to recuperation, and improves the air quality.
To plan for sustainability already when on area level gives by far larger gains than to limit the effort to individual buildings. A sustainable project is therefore about creating a good process, where good knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration is important to identify key issues and infrastructure.