DCN has registered the Madrid Nuevo Norte project to obtain the BREEAM and LEED certificates in urban environments and communities master planning.
The purpose of initiating this process for both labels is to ensure that Madrid Nuevo Norte complies with the most demanding environmental, social and economic sustainability standards.
Madrid Nuevo Norte, Europe’s largest urban regeneration project, is making headway towards the most demanding sustainability standards in the international arena. It seeks to become a benchmark for future urban developments in this area. To that end, Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), the primary private developer of this project, spearheaded by the Madrid City Council and the Government of Madrid, has registered Madrid Nuevo Norte’s master plan to obtain the BREEAM and LEED certifications. These two top global sustainability marks cover all relevant environmental, economic and social aspects.
A pioneering initiative on an international level, and the first European project to apply for the LEED v4.1 Cities and Communities Plan and Design certification. Furthermore, DCN’s push to obtain the BREEAM ES Urbanismo 2020 certification for Madrid Nuevo Norte coincides with the review and update of the Technical Standard for Spain. It is, therefore, also the first urban development project to attempt to meet the new sustainability criteria adapted to the urban and regulatory framework of our country.
Madrid Nuevo Norte thus becomes the first European urban master planning that strives to obtain the two top sustainability marks, BREEAM AND LEED simultaneously.
Meeting the most demanding criteria
“DNC’s will to promote and develop a truly sustainable urban environment has compelled our company to seek the two top international sustainability certifications for Madrid Nuevo Norte. As a first step, we have registered the project with both organisations. We are privileged to be the first project in Europe registered to LEED v4.1 Communities: Plan and Design, and the first to BREEAM ES URBANISMO 2020”, explained Belén Piserra, the DCN Business Area Manager.
This, she continued, “will ensure compliance with the most demanding sustainability standards, both in communities and buildings. An independent, cross-analysis of Madrid Nuevo Norte and its design will be conducted, based on criteria even more demanding than those required individually by each certification”.
The value of BREEAM and LEED certifications is underpinned not only by compliance with all aspects of sustainability criteria –environment to human health and welfare, as well as circular economy criteria and responsible resource management– but also the fact that these certifications are assessed and issued by leading, independent international bodies.
The first step towards certification is the registration of the project. DCN commits to embrace the certification system and examine the sustainability requirements provided by the certifying bodies to implement and meet their standards, “to achieve the highest rating possible”, affirmed Piserra.
Javier Torralba, director of Breeam Spain, explained that “our standard for developing sustainable urban environments has allowed us to assess over 50 projects worldwide since 2008”. The international experience that “allows us to affirm that Madrid Nuevo Norte is an exceptional opportunity for the city”. The scale of the intervention and the measures envisaged “will make it a global sustainability benchmark for best practices in environmental protection, human welfare and boosting the local economy, prosperity and job creation”. The assessment will be conducted “with the latest version of BREEAM Communities, recently adapted to the Spanish language and legislation, called BREEAM ES Urbanismo 2020”, said Torralba.
Meanwhile, the managing director of Green Building Warrant Implement Europe (GBCI Europe), Kay Killmann, stated that “LEED standards help communities plan and design the best places in the world”. The person responsible for the LEED mark in Spain highlighted that “when DCN registered in the LEED for Communities programme, it committing to a sustainable vision and resilient future for Madrid Nuevo Norte, that will make Madrid a global benchmark for habitability in the coming decades”.
There are currently only 20 projects eligible for the LEED Cities and Communities v4.1 – Plan and Design. “DCN joins a select group of eligible pacesetters worldwide, serving as a model for other communities in Europe and around the world”, said Killmann regarding Madrid Nuevo Norte’s application.