The Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon and the Chairman of Repsol, Antonio Brufau, today officially opened in Madrid the world’s first service station certified by Breeam, the leading international certification of sustainable buildings. The Delegate of the Government Department of Environment for Madrid, Ana Botella and other government members also attended.
The building, located in the emblematic calle Alberto Aguilera, boasts a unique design that has been approved by the City Council’s Historical Heritage Commission.
The service station has been built with architectural parameters under a new concept of sustainability, using a range of recycled materials.
More than 7,000 recycled newspapers have been used to build the interior walls and sheep’s wool was used for insulation. The shop’s furniture reuses plastic and wood shavings and some items have been recycled, such as lampshades designed by Norman Foster which have been brought from another of the company’s service stations.
The management of this unique service station will also be sustainable: it is energy efficient thanks to elements such as a deposit that collects rain water for irrigation and sanitary appliances, and an automated consumption control system.
Furthermore, it is one of the world’s first service stations with 100% LED lighting, which lasts five times longer and reduces energy consumption by 80%.
The station also has an AENOR Universal Accessibility Certificate making it the third of Repsol’s service station network to hold the certificate. The design is accessible for both workers and users, an advance in the field of accessibility. The company wanted to go one step further than what the law requires regarding sustainability and accessibility by using best practices and setting an example for other facilities.