July 08, 2014

BNY Mellon Earns Gold LEED Certification for Its New Office in Wroclaw

Company is the first to be awarded LEED certification for commercial interiors in Wroclaw and one of the first in Poland

WROCLAW, 8 July 2014 - BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) for its new Global Delivery Centre (GDC) in Wroclaw, Poland. LEED is a cornerstone in building standards and environmental concerns and gold certification second highest certification a company can be awarded. LEED CI designs promote interaction and collaboration, responsible use of materials and energy, and indoor environmental quality.

BNY Mellon is committed to sustainable business practices globally, with a focus on enterprise-wide carbon tracking, long-term capital planning, building operation and maintenance best practices, green design principles and promoting sustainable work habits. In November 2013, the company relocated its Wroclaw GDC to a brand new office building - Aquarius Business House - and capitalised on the move to invest in exceptional environmental and sustainability initiatives. Highlights include:

  • Innovative Lighting – the company has a fully LED building and uses light harvesting to manage energy use. These lights use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting.
  • State-of-the-art technology – BNY Mellon employees are using the very latest NEC monitors which shut down when no one is sat there and save energy.
  • Re-usable materials - The carpets used throughout the office are 82% recycled and a large percentage of the materials used in BNY Mellon’s office furniture is also recycled.
  • Re-cycling - Fully bin-less office with centralised recycling hubs for all employees to use for various waste streams.
  • Water management – One of BNY Mellon’s sustainability promises is that the company will continuously monitor, measure and seek to reduce its water consumption through improved water efficiency at properties under company control. In Wroclaw, BNY Mellon’s water systems were designed to meet LEED’s requirement to reduce the amount of ‘business as usual’ water usage by 30% per year.

“Our commitment to environmental sustainability encompasses everything we do – from how we build and manage our facilities, to how we use energy, water and paper,” said Martin Ring, managing director of BNY Mellon’s Wroclaw GDC. “We also strive to create a healthy working environment for our employees so that they enjoy coming to work, and feel they have a workspace which fuels creative thinking and positive collaboration. LEED is good for business, good for the environment, and it’s good for our people too.”

Colliers International, a leading adviser in the commercial real estate market, advised BNY Mellon on ways to optimise energy and water efficiency, as well as indoor environment quality. Colliers also supported BNY Mellon in the selection of construction management strategies and sustainable building materials and site cleaning procedures to ensure superior environmental quality of the space for future occupants. The advisory on certification of the office space for BNY Mellon was prepared in conjunction with Aukett+Heese Frankfurt.

About LEED
The United States Green Building Council (US GBC) created LEED rating system in 2000 to provide building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED promotes a whole building approach to sustainability, and the rating system has been designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. To learn more about LEED certification, please click here: http://www.usgbc.org/leed

About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of March 31, 2014, BNY Mellon had $27.9 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

About Colliers International
Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 15,800 professionals operating out of 485 offices in 63 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognized commercial real estate firm in the world. Colliers International has been active in the Polish market since 1997 and operates through offices in Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Szczecin, Gdańsk and Katowice with over 200 employees in total. The company has been honored with many prestigious awards, granted, inter alia, by Eurobuild, CiJ, CEEQA and International Property Awards. More about us on www.colliers.pl

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