FeatureFaithful+Gould Project Achieves LEED Gold Standard

Medtronic Galway's new Customer Innovation Centre is one of the first to achieve the US Green Building Council's LEED Gold standard for New Construction in Ireland.

Through careful planning and hands-on management of the design and construction team's activities, Faithful+Gould sustainability team's efforts were instrumental in the development's benchmark sustainability award. The significance of the award and appreciation of Faithful+Gould’s involvement is best expressed by the client - Adrian Donnelly, director of facilities & real estate for Medtronic, commented, "Faithful+Gould helped us along this road to this very successful outcome".

Not having used the LEED sustainability standard outside the US, Medtronic were concerned about the impact on project costs. Close collaboration with the design and subsequent construction team, was a key enabler in limiting impact increases in capital for adjustments to the concept design. The increase in the overall construction cost was 1.15% (€67,100) which was not passed through to the client. The bulk of this, approximately 70%, was attributed to the contractor’s increased record keeping – required for LEED documentation.

"Faithful+Gould helped us along this road to this very successful outcome". 

Aidan Donnelly, Medtronic's Director of Facilities & Real Estate

Key factors in offsetting capital cost increases included: procuring materials with high recycled content such as the replacement of the portland cement with Ground Granulated Blast-furnace Slag (GGBS) in the concrete mixtures, which provided a saving of 8% on concrete cost and the construction waste management strategy diverted 98% of all the construction waste from costly landfill.

A sample of the cost neutral sustainability items:

  • 30% of the materials used in the project contain recycled content;

  • over 50% of the materials were locally extracted and manufactured;

  • the inclusion of a rainwater harvesting system, offsetting the need for an OSD; and

  • a reduction in the size of resulting stormwater infrastructure.

"The value of this result will be in demonstration of the Galway site’s commitment to the Medtronic Corporation's global sustainability programme."

Paul Forrest, Medtronic Galway's Head of Facilities & Real Estate

Paul Forrest, head of facilities & real estate for Medtronic Galway, commented, "The value of this result will be in demonstration of the Galway site’s commitment to the Medtronic Corporation's global sustainability programme and will be viewed favourably throughout the organisation".

Overall, the sustainable design measures integrated in response to the various LEED requirements contributed to an overall savings in energy cost of 11.4% and 60% reduction in water consumption resulting in further savings achieved with no increase in the project budget.  

"True professionalism by our in-house sustainability professionals delivered a really impressive outcome".

Kevin Murphy, Faithful+Gould’s Director for Ireland

Kevin Murphy, Faithful+Gould’s Director for Ireland added, "True professionalism by our in-house sustainability professionals delivered a really impressive outcome. Their work is ongoing with Faithful+Gould also managing the LEED process for a new 13,500m2 research and development facility in Limerick".

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