The new station, to be built in the West Midlands, has become the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings.
The certification given by award winning BREEAM assessors GWP Project Services recognises the station’s climate change resilience features, including maximising natural daylight and ventilation, and a modular station roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater. The entire building/complex is designed for deconstruction and future adaptability with features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption.
BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe the sustainability performance of buildings. The Interim Certificate, awarded at the design stage to Interchange Station confirms an ‘Outstanding’ rating, putting it in the top 1% of buildings in the UK and the first for any railway station globally.