Faithful+Gould’s LEED Accredited Professional and Sustainability Team were invited to review and identify opportunities for Medtronic’s new Customer Innovation Centre; the first to achieve the US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standard for New Construction in Ireland.

Having developed a concept design for the two-storey scheme comprising of state-of-the-art research & development facilities including a hybrid lab, a demonstration lab and a collaboration lab, (providing clinical customers with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies) conferencing centres and lecture space, Medtronic required the integration of sustainable design and construction rating tool LEED. The strategy focused on high environmental value and low cost and no impact on the required design and construction programme. Close collaboration with the design team meant costs were able to be limited on the recommended adjustments to the design.

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.

Aiden Donnelly, Director of Facilities & Real Estate at Medtronic commented "It is amazing to think that 18 months ago we were turning the sod on the site and we really didn’t know much about LEED or all its various requirements but you helped us along this road to this very successful outcome."

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