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Sustainability

As well as a firm commitment to sustainability, Manhattan has been designed with people in mind demonstrated through the outstanding business ecosystem and, more profoundly, through a new standard for healthy internal environments.

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Air quality

Manhattan has been awarded a Platinum rating for AirScore D&O. This is the highest possible accolade, showing that the building has been created with tenant health and wellbeing at the forefront of its design. The space displays an exceptional commitment to upholding optimal air quality and creating a healthy, safe and productive environment, both now and in the future. In all aspects, the design goes above and beyond minimum guidance and regulation.

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VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are potentially harmful gases emitted from various sources. Manhattan was built targetting the BREEAM standard using low-emission products and has ventilation and gas-phase filters to dilute and remove VOCs from the space.
HUMIDITY
HUMIDITY
Manhattan has an outstanding cooling system as standard, but what sets it apart is the humidification system that keeps the humidity in the optimal range of 40-60C. Avoiding low humidity helps with symptoms like dry skin and eyes, and also helps to mitigate the airborne transmission of viruses.
TEMPERATURE
TEMPERATURE
Manhattan has been designed to achieve optimal temperature throughout the year, ensuring the utmost level of comfort for tenants, and has been computer-modelled to account for predicted rising temperatures in decades to come. Energy use will be minimized during unoccupied hours and by ramping setpoints during heatwaves.
CARBON DIOXIDE
CARBON DIOXIDE
Keeping CO2 levels within a certain threshold is vital for healthy and productive spaces. High ventilation rates in Manhattan regulate levels of CO2 and also dilute contaminants in the space, reducing odors and the risk of infection from airborne pathogens. To keep things sustainable, Manhattan is fitted with a highly efficient desiccant rotary heat exchanger.
PARTICULATE MATTER 2.5
PARTICULATE MATTER 2.5
Particulates in the air can cause serious health problems. The smaller the particle, the bigger the potential damage, as the smaller particles penetrate deep into the body. Manhattan uses super-efficient, high-grade particle filters to capture the most harmful particles.
INORGANIC GASEOUS COMPOUNDS
INORGANIC GASEOUS COMPOUNDS
NOx gases cannot be removed from the air by conventional filters, so Manhattan has invested in gas-phase filters that will remove gaseous pollution being drawn into the building. This is particularly important in Brussels due to the high NO2 levels outdoors. State-of-the-art
activated carbon filters will effectively mitigate high levels of outdoor pollution, ensuring optimal indoor air quality.
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Sustainability

Icon has a strong commitment to sustainability. It subscribes to the simple philosophy that the most sustainable building is the one that is already built. Reusing the 28,000 ton concrete frame in Manhattan has resulted in significant carbon reduction. The transformed Manhattan uses 30% less energy than the old building, in part, due to thoughtful design such as the fully glazed façade which is solar-reflecting, heat-blocking and thermally insulating. Manhattan is targeting a rating of BREEAM Excellent.

REUSING THE 28,000 TON CONCRETE FRAME SAVED:
4,564 tons of embodied carbon
21% of carbon per square meter compared to a new build
3,111 fewer waste truck journeys
2,800 fewer cement journeys
MANHATTAN NOW USES UP TO 30% LESS ENERGY
Up to 33,811 tons of carbon saved over a 20 year period
Which is the equivalent of 414 filghts around the world per year*
200 Bikes spaces
Will lead to fewer transport journeys which in turn leads to improved air quality. An average of 75% of bike spaces being used every working day displaces 58,822 carbon emitting journeys per year
Target rating

Excellent
Contact
For leasing enquiries

JEAN-MICHEL MEERSSEMAN
T: +32 (0)2 643 33 58
M: +32 (0)493 220 890
E: michel.meersseman@cbre.com

 

FRIEDEL LAPERRE
T: +32 (0)2 643 33 73
M: +32 (0)479 820 060
E: friedel.laperre@cbre.com

ERIK VERBRUGGEN
T: +32 (0)2 550 25 28
M: +32 (0)477 330 396
E: erik.verbruggen@eu.jll.com

 

CÉLINE MANDART
T: +32 (0)2 550 25 14
M: +32 (0)495 582 514
E: celine.mandart@eu.jll.com

Address

 

Manhattan Center

Avenue du Boulevard 21

1210 Brussels

Belgium