1SJRQ latest in Hibernia REIT portfolio to achieve LEED Platinum

1 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ), Hibernia’s recently completed office development, has received a LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a globally recognised standard for sustainability in buildings, and Platinum is the highest award level available.

1SJRQ is the second LEED Platinum rated building within Hibernia’s portfolio; 1 Cumberland Place received the same rating in 2017. The 112,000 sq. ft. office development has been leased to leading inbound marketing software company HubSpot, which also occupies space in Hibernia’s One and Two Dockland Central buildings in the IFSC. HubSpot is due occupy 1SJRQ in early 2020 following the completion of an extensive fit-out by Irish firm Sonica.

1SJRQ, part of Hibernia’s Windmill Quarter in Dublin’s South Docks, has received LEED Platinum in the build up to World Green Building Week 2019 which takes place from 23-29 September. Hibernia will be hosting the launch event this year in 1 Windmill Lane (1WML), where the World Green Building Council will launch a new report on embodied carbon.

1SJRQ received the highest level of LEED certification based on building and design features including:

  • Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • Energy efficient LED lighting throughout the building
  • BER A3 rating
  • Strong connectivity (WiredScore certified Platinum)
  • Optimised glazing providing natural daylight
  • Water efficient appliances and rainwater harvesting
  • Sustainable materials and FSC wood
  • High performance façade
  • Green roofs, open landscaped areas and a living wall at the building’s entrance

Hibernia’s latest LEED rating, which also includes Gold certification for One and Two Dockland Central, 1WML and2WML, continues a positive year for sustainability across the portfolio. Over the summer, beehives were installed on the roofs of a number of properties to aid urban biodiversity and provide natural honey to tenants. A retrospective PV array was also installed on the roof of 1WML which, at peak output, will power all of the landlord lighting within the building.

Kevin Nowlan, CEO of Hibernia, commented: “Sustainability is a key pillar for Hibernia and LEED is the global benchmark for green buildings. To have two buildings at LEED Platinum and several more rated LEED Gold is testament to our sustainable development ethos. Across the board we’ve seen excellent progress when it comes to sustainability, and we hope to continue that into 2020 with LEED Platinum the target for 2 Cumberland Place, which is currently under construction.”

Lindsey O’Connell, Office Operations Manager at HubSpot, added: “HubSpot has a strong ethos around sustainability and this has always been matched by Hibernia. 1SJRQ’s certification to LEED Platinum is excellent news for all our staff. We’re looking forward to being in a building with admirable sustainability credentials and enjoying the benefits which the certification will bring.”

Hibernia hopes to add to its growing list of accolades in the Irish commercial property market when the Building of the Year awards are announced on October 3rd. 1SJRQ has been shortlisted for large office building of the year, thanks to the work of architecture and design firm Henry J Lyons. The awards will take place in the Mansion House.