A BREEAM good awarded office building in the Silicon Valley
- Scheme & Version: BREEAM USA In-Use: 2016
- Certification Stage: Part 1 – Certified
- Rating: Good
- Overall Score: 54.4%
- Developer / Client: MetLife Investment Management
- Assessor Company: UL (formerly Healthy Buildings, Inc.)
- Management Team: Cushman & Wakefield
- Tenant: MediaTek USA, Inc
About the Building
2840 Junction is a 2 story Class A commercial R&D office building located in the San Jose submarket of Silicon Valley. Originally built in 1989, it is one of 5 buildings in a 24 acre campus owned by MetLife Investment Management and managed by Cushman & Wakefield. Since 2014, the building has been occupied by MediaTek USA, Inc., a global leader in the semiconductor industry.
MetLife Investment Management understands the impact buildings have on people, communities and the environment. In addition to promoting the health and wellbeing of the tenant’s approximately 200 employees, the project team sought to identify areas for energy savings and water use reduction through operational efficiencies.
- LED lighting with occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting
- BMS with controllable programming of HVAC and lighting
- High efficiency mechanical equipment & boiler with healthy venting
- Low water usage fixtures
- Drought tolerant and native plants and trees
- Large breakroom with seating on adjacent 2,572 SF outdoor balcony
- Campus shared café and fitness center
- Large sections of full-height glass and punched glass windows
- Large trash enclosure accommodates recycling and refuse management
- Energy efficient roof membrane
- EV charging stations
Why did the building undergo BREEAM certification?
MetLife Investment Management uses its buildings’ sustainability certifications to provide a foundation and help guide current and future sustainability initiatives.
The building scored 76.92% in Materials and 66.67% in Land Use & Ecology, reflecting the robust design of the building, its grounds/landscaping and trash enclosure. Additionally, the sustainability minded design of the 2014 building improvements generated points for energy efficient lighting and HVAC equipment.
We expect future procurement/management to be informed by the BREEAM In-Use sustainability framework at this and other locations undergoing redesign and/or improvements.
Prior to the process, the building did not have a holistic framework within which to evaluate the occupant wellbeing or environmental performance of the asset. BREEAM In-Use provided the performance criteria to assess a broad range of factors across each of the seven categories in Part 1 – Asset Performance.
One challenge to implementing sustainability strategies is that the tenant controls the energy systems, security systems, and waste management. The BREEAM In-Use evidence collection process opened the door for discussions of tenant prioritized projects, benchmarking and compliance, and opportunities for cost savings.
Breana Wheeler, Director of Operations, US, was invaluable in guiding the initial launch. She continued to support the efforts of the management team, which had no prior experience with BREEAM, throughout the process.
Benefits of assessing to BREEAM
In addition to the BREEAM certification being a positive talking point for leasing tours and tenant meetings,it incorporates sustainable features into the design of the building, thereby decreasing operational costs, increasing tenant comfort and satisfaction, and protecting properties against risk.
MetLife Investment Management embraces its role as a responsible real estate investor and emphasizes consideration and incorporation of relevant environmental, social and governance objectives best practices in alignment with their clients’ objectives. The certification helps to demonstrate this commitment to stakeholders globally.