Schneider Electric gets BREEAM rating of Outstanding for office refit

Schneider Electric gets BREEAM rating of Outstanding for office refit

By meeting the highest of sustainability standards, the company earned a BREEAM rating of 93.8% for refitting its headquarters, known as Le Hive.


The retrofit of the seven-storey building reflects Schneider Electric’s position as an energy management specialist, incorporating comprehensive energy monitoring. The project was carried out largely by the company’s own in-house experts. Setting the bar for sustainability standards, the company earned a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’.


Serving a whole range of industries, Schneider Electric SE is a French multinational company that specialises in digital automation and energy management.


Le Hive is Schneider Electric’s global headquarters and has 1,850 employees working there. In accordance with Schneider’s business aims and environmental policy, the management at Le Hive was determined to be to be exemplary in terms of respecting the environment and acting as a partner in this in this respect for the company’s clients. This forms an integral part of the operational plan and organisation.


Schneider Electric were eager to be challenged by the requirements for obtaining the highest of BREEAM ratings. When asked about these challenges, a spokesperson for the company said, “BREEAM highlights our showcase of energy efficiency solutions and our sustainability policy, and is a booster for our building solution business. We reduced our energy consumption by 50% and have already reached the French 2020 greenhouse reduction target for buildings. And we have improved employee comfort and productivity. We choose BREEAM because it challenges us to achieve excellence – we want Le Hive to be recognised as a model of sustainability – and for its international recognition in the real estate sector.”


Energy use for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and lighting were halved from 150kW/m2/year to 78kW/m2/year in three years through active energy efficiency (without changing the structure of the building and without energy production).

The energy efficient updates to the building did not mean that comfort was compromised. The building now offers many services for employees, such as rest lounges, a fitness centre, an electrical car service and family days. The occupant comfort level is monitored and regular awareness events and surveys involve employees in the continuous improvement of the building’s management.

Steps were taken to minimise environmental impacts, care for green areas and enhance biodiversity – for example there are ten beehives producing honey on the green roof.


The building management team focussed on energy efficiency and occupier comfort, empowerment and awareness of the occupiers (e-learning, sustainability events, etc), high quality of the building maintenance (facility management), equipment and process security, and safety for the occupier and the building.

BREEAM In-Use helped to drive a continuous improvement process and the certificate is an international recognition of excellence. Being a pilot project for the new scheme has provided an opportunity to innovate and be recognised as a major player in sustainable building management.

Some key green initiatives included:

  • Use of sustainable materials with a minimum of pollutants and purchase of sustainable and low consumption services and products

  • Actions and equipment facilitating low carbon means of travel – electric vehicles, bicycle parking and tracks, car pooling, transport plan, etc

  • Recycling and sorting of 12 kinds of waste (0% to landfill).

  • Efficient management of water – rain sensors, real time leak detection, etc

  • Services on site such as like fitness facilities, laundry, hair dresser and car wash. Consultation with occupiers, acoustic comfort improvement and innovative comfort measurement

  • Greenhouse gas emissions study and use of 100% eco-labelled products for cleaning

  • Closely managed energy consumption with a dedicated manager for energy and the environment, and centralised control and monitoring using innovative tools

  • Conservation of green areas, improvement of bio-diversity, establishment of beehives on site

Summary Schneider Electric Le Hive


Management team:
Schneider Electric Le Hive
Facility manager:
Jean-Michel Wilmotte
BNP Paribas & Bouygues Immobilier
In-Use International, 2015
BREEAM In-Use auditor:
BREEAM rating:

Outstanding (93.8%)

The above information is for the original certification of this project, please reference GreenBookLive for current details.

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