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One of the World's Most Sustainable Buildings


The Crystal is a highly sustainable building and unique events venue. The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable building design, achieving Outstanding BREEAM accreditation and Platinum LEED accreditation– the most stringent standards for sustainable design.


The Crystal forms a gateway to the Royal Docks, a unique waterfront and a growing home for business and culture in Newham, East London. The Crystal is easily accessible by public transport, including the DLR and Jubilee line, with connections to London Bridge in under 30 minutes. The nearby Emirates Air Line is London’s only cable car, offering panoramic views of the river and connections to Greenwich Peninsula. London City Airport is also nearby, with direct flights to 30 destinations worldwide.

Natural light Triple glazed windows allow in 70% of natural light... ...but only 30% of solar energy,
ensuring the building doesn’t overheat.
Sustainable transport 2 minute walk from the DLR station 15 e-vehicle charging points 66 bike parking spaces
Water Rainwater is collected
from the roof and stored
in a 30m³ under-
ground storage tank.
80% of hot water is
heated by solar thermal
heating and ground
source heat pumps.
100% of WC flushing water
is taken from our non-potable sources.
Electricity 20% of electricity is
produced by solar panels.
CO₂ emissions for the Siemens offices
are 70% lower than in the average
office building in London.
The Crystal is a 100% electric building.
Heating & cooling By using 100% natural heat sources, the Crystal heating bill is £0. No fossil fuels
are used on site
199 groundsource pipes totaling 17km in length and reaching as deep as 150m heat and cool the building.
Smart building Over 3,500 data points ensure all
systems function as effectively as possible.
Siemens Building Management System
in the of the building.
Data on energy and water consumption is presented live
in the Crystal exhibition and refreshed every 15 minutes.

Learn more about the sustainability features of the Crystal in our PDF


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