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Developer ProLogis has said that it will build all its warehouses in the UK to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group environmental standards.

All new ProLogis facilities currently in the design or planning stage, as well as projects going forward, must achieve a minimum rating of Very Good under the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the UK’s national standard for best practice in sustainable development and environmental performance.

The BREEAM rating scale includes Pass, Good, Very Good and Excellent. Points are determined by measuring the impact the facility has on the environment and the employees working within it.

Jack Rizzo, head of global construction for ProLogis said: “Earlier this year we detailed our plans to build all of our US warehouse space according to nationally-accepted green building standards, so we are extremely pleased to now be implementing a similar program outside the United States. We are eager to continue expanding our sustainable development plans on a worldwide basis, and delivering the most sought-after distribution space on the market.”

So far, ProLogis has developed eight BREEAM-rated distribution centres comprising more than 3.1 million square feet at locations throughout the UK. ProLogis has also started construction on a ninth facility, totalling 535,000 sq ft, which will be located at ProLogis Park Sideway and is targeted for BREEAM Excellent.

Maurice Dalton, regional head of construction for ProLogis in the UK, said: “Depending on customer demand, we have the potential to retroactively achieve BREEAM ratings for another 2m sq ft existing distribution space.”

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