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Leading logistics park developer Prologis has completed what it said is the UK’s first logistics property to go beyond net zero carbon in its construction and operation and generate more clean electricity than it consumes.

Located on Prologis Apex Park near Daventry, the 435,000sq ft unit will be UK logistics centre for an American multinational. In what the developer claimed it is a "first for the world of industrial logistics property", this new industrial unit "pushes the boundaries of sustainable construction".

In addition to the standard sustainability measures provided by Prologis, including rainwater harvesting and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a 1.4MW rooftop solar array has been installed, enabling the building to put more energy in to the grid than it uses and cutting carbon emissions by over 100 tonnes a year.

The new unit at Apex Park is also BREEAM rated ‘Outstanding’ - placing it in the top 1% of UK non-domestic buildings, scoring 88.2%, the highest 'Industrial 2018 Shell & Core' score so far achieved. It is also the first development of its type to achieve an EPC rating of A+, meeting the UK Green Building Council framework definition of net zero carbon for both embodied and operational carbon.

Martin Cooper, vice president, development management at Prologis UK, said: “This is a milestone for Prologis and shows what can be achieved when like-minded businesses work together to realise their vision for a building that delivers a net benefit for the environment. All our new warehouses in the UK have been net zero carbon in construction for the past 14 years, but this building at Apex Park takes carbon reduction to a new level."