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Pioltello Logistics Centre: a BREEAM-Excellent example of efficiency and sustainability

The Pioltello Logistics Centre has achieved the BREEAM New Construction Excellent certification with an outstanding score of 79,5%, proving to be a perfect example of sustainability applied to logistics real estate.

 As reducing GHG emissions and promoting sustainability become crucial for our future, Goodman makes another significant step towards its commitment for the environment by completing a high-standard facility focused on both the planet and people wellbeing.

Pioltello and the BREEAM Certification

The Goodman Pioltello Logistics Centre is a 10,000 sqm built-to-suit development in Pioltello, East Milan. The building was completed in August 2021 for a leading international player in the e-commerce sector, in need of a strategically located warehouse with offices to serve the increasing demand in the Milan Metropolitan.

The facility is designed and developed reflecting Goodman’s sustainability pledge to drastically reduce GHG emissions. Accordingly, in April 2022 the building achieved the BREEAM New Construction Excellent Certification with an overall score of 79,5%. 

 BREEAM is the world’s leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for more sustainably built environments. It is voluntary and uses a holistic sustainability framework to assess asset performance. 

The Pioltello Logistics Centre’s outstanding score is due to its excellent performance in the 9 categories that BREEAM analyses: management, energy, pollution, health and wellbeing, land use and ecology, transport, materials, waste and water.

Sustainable from the very beginning

The building has been developed taking into account its entire life cycle, from design through construction and usage. Thanks to a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), we were able to assess its overall impact and select the best materials and solutions to minimise the carbon footprint. For example, only FSC certified timber and NOx-free painting and air conditioning systems low on GHG refrigerants were selected. As a pledge to circularity, which is another key topic for Goodman, 77% of the construction aggregates were recycled from previous construction activities and have been given a new life in the building.

A warehouse benefitting people and the planet

People’s health and wellbeing is a key focus point of the property as well. Measures for the reduction of both construction dust and NOx emissions arising from the building's space and water heating systems were implemented. Offices have optimised lighting and acoustic comfort, and internal and external break areas with a fully equipped kitchen have been installed for employees to enjoy their break. To encourage the use of sustainable means of transportation a public pathway was developed to easily reach the property, where employees can also find bike covered shelters, changing rooms and showers. 4,200 sqm of green areas were implemented on site with the help of an ecologist who selected native plants that best match the surrounding environment and biodiversity.

100/100 water management

Water management is the category in which the building performs best, with a 100/100 score.
100% rainfall reuse and adaptability to climate change are ensured on the property. The rainwater which is not used for greenery irrigation is treated and infiltrated into the aquifer, so that the community can benefit from it. Thanks to a Building Management System (BMS) installed on the property we can monitor the consumption and facility status.

A nearly zero-energy building

Energy efficiency is a top priority for Goodman, and the Pioltello Logistics Centre is a perfect example of that. The roof surface hosts a 470 kWp installation which yearly provides the equivalent of what 20 households of 4 people consume in a year on average. The building is equipped with led lighting with motion and daylight sensors and high-performance thermal insulation to ensure less heat loss. To support and encourage green mobility, the building has 54 EV charging stations for cars and vans, with an additional 200 ready to be installed. Thanks to these features, the building achieved the A4 energetic performance certification, the highest available, and was certified as a nearly zero-energy building.