Located near the Rueil-Malmaison suburban RER «Line A» railway station, Green Office® Rueil is to date the largest positive-energy commercial property development in France. With a net floor area of 35,000 m² housed in two independent buildings, each comprising six floors and three underground levels, the complex champions architectural quality, sustainable development and user comfort. The design and positioning of the building fully exploits natural light and thus optimises the potential of solar energy. As a positive energy building, Green Office® Rueil will produce more energy than it consumes thanks to geothermal technology that captures cold energy or heat from alluvial groundwater, and the 4,000 m² of photovoltaic panels located on the roof.
The solar panels save 90,000 kg of CO2 equivalent annually on the power grid. Additionally, the photovoltaic output of Green Office® Rueil over one year (900,000 kWh) offsets the power consumption of 130 households per year, based on the annual average electricity consumption of a four-person household, which, according to Planetoscope, is 6,762 kWh.
The Green Office® Rueil project has been designed to obtain an Excellent rating under the NF Bâtiments Tertiaires – Démarche HQE® and a Very Good rating under Breeam Europe Commercial Offices certifications. The Bepos Effinergie positive-energy label is also pending. As well as being dedicated to the environment, Green Office® Rueil also shows that industry and local government can effectively join forces in pursuit of lower carbon emissions.
Unilever France: a shared office culture conducive to positive energy
Employees at Unilever France moved into Green Station in late 2014 and began discovering the dynamics of shared office space, a straightforward concept that applies to everyone in the firm, all the way up to the Chairman and management committee. Each team has a dedicated work space, and each employee chooses where he or she would like to work on a daily basis. There is plenty of formal or informal space for interacting. Working in such inspiring conditions, whether it be in a Magnum “ice cream bar”, a supermarket aisle or a Maille store, enhances reflection over branding and customer-facing issues. The positive-energy atmosphere sets the tone for the new Rueil-Malmaison headquarters in which teams work more closely and pro-actively together and can forge closer ties.
Bauke Rouwers, Chairman of Unilever France, had the following to say : « A new dynamic is under way and genuine positive-energy performance has been achieved. We are also forging new connections internally and with neighbouring communities such as schools. With positive energy as the dominant theme, Unilever France - together with its 2,650 employees at the headquarters and across its six production sites - is working to enhance its attractiveness as a company and sustain the success of its brands while at the same time growing responsibly and sustainably. »