One of Manchester’s greenest and most energy efficient buildings.

BREEAM rating ‘Excellent’: Industry certificate measuring efficiency, building design, management and sustainability.

‘Gold badge’ provision of recycling and environmental management facilities (ISO14001).

Energy procured from renewable sources.

EPC A rating achieved for refurbished office suites.

Promotion of sustainable transport with spacious and secure internal bike store with showers and dry room changing facilities to be delivered as part of the refurbishment works.

Low water use measures including self-closing taps, leak detection facilities and low flow fixtures and fittings.

Energy efficient utilities including Wessex modular condensing boilers (latest technology boilers).

Energy efficient intelligent lighting management system with zone control, presence detection and daylight dimming.

Living roofs, both brown and green planted roofs enhance the local ecology.

The natural ventilation system typifies The Hive’s emphasis on sustainability by enabling zero energy cooling

Motorised louvres
Open to cool building at night where appropriate with night cooling dampers and weather resistant ventilation. Additional fixed vertical louvres contribute to solar shading
Perimeter heating
Efficiently heats the office space to bring temperature up to preferred comfort level in cold weather
Thermal mass
Exposed concrete soffits and slabs aid temperature stability
Passive ventilation
Floorplate design allows cross flow ventilation
Passive ventilation
Floorplate design allows cross flow ventilation
High performance insulation
Over 50% more efficient than standard energy conservation requirement
Window design
Openable aspect of design allows good user control for ventilation and 2.9m floor-to-ceiling design provides excellent natural light