The Lintulahti office building in Helsinki’s Sörnäistenranta area has retained the old industrial feel of its surroundings in its architectural image. Yet, in environmental efficiency, the site is a pioneer in the Nordic region.
The Lintulahti, which uses Halton adaptable chilled beam technology is the first office building in all of Europe to receive LEED Platinum certification in autumn 2010. The LEED system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), launched in 2000, is today the most common green building certification system in the world. The classification is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of construction and use of buildings, and at development of healthier working environments. Environmentally efficient buildings use up to 50 per cent less energy than normal buildings do, and also the amount of waste is considerably smaller.