- New habitat areas with native planting
- Site-wide Environmental Management System
- New buildings to achieve BREAAM "Excellent"
- Green and brown roofs
- Sustainable urban drainage
- Reduced energy demand
- Carbon emissions from buildings at least 5% below Building Regs
Vital Energi discuss their involvement in the King's Cross Energy Centre:
The very latest technology and innovation will reduce running costs and minimise environmental impact.
All buildings will draw on the latest water-saving and recycling technologies. And where possible, roofs will be used for allotments, gardens and lawns.
Each new building has been designed to maximise the benefits of its location. Orientation, solar shading, the use of thermal mass for cooling and passive ventilation systems all contribute to energy efficiency.
The office buildings in particular have been designed to achieve environmental performance at least 40% greater than required in building regulations.
At King's Cross, sustainability is king
Opportunities like King’s Cross do not come around often. That’s why when they do, it is vital to create a sustainable place. A community with a long-term future that has minimal impact on the environment. This has been a guiding principle at King’s Cross.
There are many aspects to creating sustainable places. At King’s Cross it has included everything from promoting energy efficiency to encouraging green transport. From reuse of heritage buildings to a massive program of tree planting. From sustainable building design to ensuring social and cultural diversity.
Put these things together and King’s Cross becomes one of the most sustainable major developments in the UK. A place that respects its environment, its past and its future.