3050 Zanker, USA

A BREEAM 'good' certified building located in the Silicon Valley

Project Details

  • Scheme & Version: BREEAM USA In-Use: 2016
  • Certification Stage: Part 1 – Certified
  • Rating: Good
  • Overall Score: 52.9%

Project Team

  • Developer / Client: MetLife Investment Management
  • Assessor Company: UL (formerly Healthy Buildings, Inc.)
  • Management Team: Cushman & Wakefield
  • Tenant: Veeco Process Equipment, Inc.

About the Building

3050 Zanker is a 2 story Class A commercial R&D office building located in the San Jose submarket of Silicon Valley. Originally built in 1985, it is one of 5 buildings in a 24 acre campus owned by MetLife Investment Management and managed by Cushman & Wakefield. Since 1993, the building has been occupied by Veeco Process Equipment, Inc. (formerly Ultratech Stepper, Inc.) who designs, manufactures and markets thin film process equipment.

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 100 employees, the project team sought to identify areas for energy savings and water use reduction through operational efficiencies, which were high priorities for the tenant.

Building features:

  • Light manufacturing labs, clean rooms and warehouse
  • Open office lighting controlled by occupancy sensors
  • Task lighting for individuals
  • Energy efficient A/C unit and boilers
  • Large breakroom with seating on adjacent 2,572 SF outdoor balcony
  • Ample facilities for cyclists
  • Large sections of full-height glass and punched glass windows
  • Drought tolerant and native plants and trees
  • Large trash enclosures and compactor for recycling and refuse management
  • Energy efficient roof membrane
  • Close proximity to regional light rail transportation
  • Campus shared café and fitness center

Why did the building undergo BREEAM assessment?

MetLife Investment Management uses its buildings’ sustainability certifications to provide a foundation and help guide current and future sustainability initiatives.

The building scored 100% in Waste, 76.92% in Materials and 66.67% in Land Use & Ecology, reflecting the robust design of the building, its grounds/landscaping and trash enclosures. Additionally, the building’s proximity the regional light rail station and ample facilities for cyclists earned it 77.78% in Transportation.

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.

Green Strategy

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. Additionally, the process prompted us to identify and obtain missing operations and maintenance data – even for the equipment installed in 1987!

Breana Wheeler, Director of Operations, US, and Mark Klein of UL were invaluable in guiding the initial launch. The BREEAM In-Use format allowed us to assess the office area of the building and omit the restricted-access manufacturing labs. The result was a meaningful collection of data that opened the door for discussions of tenant prioritized projects, benchmarking and compliance, and opportunities for cost savings.

Breana 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 BREEAM certification being a positive talking point for leasing tours and tenant meetings, BREEAM 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.