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					SUSTAINABILITY


04
SHANNON FREE ZONE
GreenPrint Assessment
Masterplan for the Future
Development of Shannon
Free Zone

Prepared for: Michael Leydon
Shannon Development

01st December 2008



Client report number 245538
Prepared by


Name              Andrew Waddelove and Stuart Blofeld


Position          Consultant / Senior Consultant




Signature



Approved on behalf of BRE


Name              Lynne Ceeney


Position          Technical Director


Date              1st December 2008



Signature


BRE
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This report is made on behalf of BRE. By receiving the report and acting on it, the client - or any third party relying on it - accepts that no individual is personally liable in contract, tort or breach of statutory duty (including negligence).
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GreenPrint Assessment – Masterplan for the Future Development of Shannon Free Zone

Prepared by Andrew Waddelove and Stuart Blofeld




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Contents                                                                                                   List of Figures
                                                                                                           FIGURE 1: SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN - SUMMARY TABLE OF GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT _______________5
1.     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ____________________________________________________________ 5
                                                                                                           FIGURE 2: SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN - GREENPRINT SUMMARY RADAR _____________________________6
2.     INTRODUCTION___________________________________________________________________ 7                   FIGURE 3: GREENPRINT PROCESS DIAGRAM ___________________________________________________________9
                                                                                                           FIGURE 4: SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN - SUMMARY TABLE OF GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT ______________10
3.     GREENPRINT METHODOLOGY ______________________________________________________ 8
                                                                                                           FIGURE 5: SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN - GREENPRINT SUMMARY RADAR ____________________________10
     GREENPRINT CATEGORIES _______________________________________________________________________     8   FIGURE 6: DEVELOPER SCENARIO ONE (GOOD RATING) _________________________________________________22
     GREENPRINT OBJECTIVES________________________________________________________________________     8   FIGURE 7: DEVELOPER SCENARIO TWO (VERY GOOD RATING)____________________________________________23
     GREENPRINT BENCHMARKS ______________________________________________________________________      8   FIGURE 8: DEVELOPER SCENARIO THREE (EXCELLENT RATING)___________________________________________23
     GREENPRINT WEIGHTINGS _______________________________________________________________________     8   FIGURE 9: DEVELOPER SCENARIO FOUR (EXCELLENT RATING) ___________________________________________23
     GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT _______________________________________________________________________     8   FIGURE 10: DEVELOPER SCENARIO FIVE (EXEMPLAR RATING) ____________________________________________24
4.     GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT - SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN ____________________ 10
     BEST PRACTICE IN THE SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN ____________________________________________   11
     CLIMATE CHANGE ____________________________________________________________________________      12
     TRANSPORT _________________________________________________________________________________      13
     PLACEMAKING _______________________________________________________________________________      15
     RESOURCES _________________________________________________________________________________      17
     ECOLOGY ___________________________________________________________________________________      18
     COMMUNITY _________________________________________________________________________________      19
     BUSINESS ___________________________________________________________________________________     20
     BUILDINGS __________________________________________________________________________________     21
5.     DEVELOPER OBJECTIVES & SCENARIOS____________________________________________ 22
APPENDIX 1: PARK MANAGER GREENPRINT OBJECTIVES _________________________________ 25
     CLIMATE CHANGE ____________________________________________________________________________      25
     TRANSPORT _________________________________________________________________________________      27
     PLACEMAKING _______________________________________________________________________________      32
     RESOURCES _________________________________________________________________________________      37
     ECOLOGY ___________________________________________________________________________________      39
     COMMUNITY _________________________________________________________________________________      41
     BUSINESS ___________________________________________________________________________________     44
     BUILDINGS __________________________________________________________________________________     46
APPENDIX 2: DEVELOPER GREENPRINT OBJECTIVES _____________________________________ 47
     CLIMATE CHANGE ____________________________________________________________________________      47
     TRANSPORT _________________________________________________________________________________      50
     PLACEMAKING _______________________________________________________________________________      51
     RESOURCES _________________________________________________________________________________      52
     ECOLOGY ___________________________________________________________________________________      54
     COMMUNITY _________________________________________________________________________________      55
     BUSINESS ___________________________________________________________________________________     56
     BUILDINGS __________________________________________________________________________________     56
APPENDIX 3: GREENPRINT SCORE AND RATING EXPLAINED _______________________________ 57
APPENDIX 4: GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT SHEET _________________________________________ 58




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                                                                                                                  The Shannon Free Zone GreenPrint contains 91 separate sustainability objectives, which were developed to
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                                                                              address future development of the Shannon Free Zone. These objectives and the benchmarks that sit
                                                                                                                  beneath them have been developed by BRE to maximise the sustainability potential for development of the
This report details the findings of an independent GreenPrint assessment undertaken by BRE of the Shannon
                                                                                                                  Shannon Free Zone.
Free Zone Masterplan.
                                                                                                                  Of the 91 objectives in the GreenPrint; 52 apply directly to Shannon Development in their role as the Park
Following completion of the GreenPrint assessment the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan has achieved a
                                                                                                                  Manager, and 39 are applicable to Developers who will carry out individual building developments on the
GreenPrint score of 85%, giving it an ‘Exemplar’ performance rating. This assessment is based upon
                                                                                                                  Shannon Free Zone. In the latter case, the Developer could either be, Shannon Development, another
documentary evidence provided to the assessors by masterplanners PM Group in the form of Masterplan for
                                                                                                                  Private/Public Sector body or PPPs.
the Future Development of Shannon Free Zone penultimate draft dated 5th September 2008.
                                                                                                                  It is the 52 Park Manager objectives which have formed the basis for this assessment. The 39 Developer
Best Practice achieved in Shannon Free Zone Masterplan
                                                                                                                  objectives do not form part of this assessment and will need to be addressed by developers. To illustrate what
•   Minimum of 25% of new offices and units to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’                                         is required by developers using the GreenPrint five different scenarios have been developed which are
•   75% of new offices and units to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’                                                    detailed in section five of this report.
•   All office and industrial refurbishments to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’
                                                                                                                  Of the 52 Park Manager objectives in the GreenPrint the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan has achieved:
•   Installation of a community energy scheme in either Shannon Free Zone West or East
                                                                                                                      •    29 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks
•   Shannon Free Zone to contain rainfall from a 1 in 500 year rain event
                                                                                                                      •    17 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks
    Enhanced network of safe pedestrian and cycle routes around site and to local facilities
                                                                                                                      •    6 ‘Good’ Benchmarks
    Provision of alternate transport options such as community buses, car clubs, car share infrastructure and
    taxi ranks                                                                                                    Figures 1 and 2 below illustrate the results of the GreenPrint assessment. Figure 1 details the individual

    Bus stops within 500 metres of all buildings with a frequent service of 15 minutes at peak times between      benchmarks attained across the eight GreenPrint categories (see Methodology section for an explanation of

    Shannon Free Zone and Limerick                                                                                these categories), whilst Figure 2 illustrates how the Masterplan has performed in each of these eight

    Landscaping strategy for high quality public green space ensuring that 100% of buildings are within 500m      categories, against the maximum potential for the site.

    of designated public green space
•   Key entrance points of the Shannon Free Zone to make a strong design statement and create a sense of
    arrival into the site from key access roads
•   Enhancement of existing water ways to create new public space for workers to enjoy
•   Planting scheme designed by an ecologist and landscape architect, which will be resilient to the predicted
    impacts of climate change such as drought, higher temperatures and wind speeds
•   Access for workers and local people to facilities on the Shannon Free Zone out of office hours. These
    facilities will include green space, pedestrian routes, cycle paths, and other amenities
•   New business premises to increase/maintain the viability of existing businesses, whilst developing priority
    business sectors and actively encouraging new inward investment.


                                                                                                                                 Figure 1: Shannon Free Zone Masterplan - Summary Table of GreenPrint assessment




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                Figure 2: Shannon Free Zone Masterplan - GreenPrint Summary Radar




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2. INTRODUCTION

The move towards better, more sustainable developments is unstoppable. Across Europe governments are
challenging local authorities, land owners, developers and designers to ensure that all new developments and
regeneration schemes are designed and built sustainably. The goal is to create places where people want to
live and work and that address environmental, social and economic issues.

The GreenPrint methodology is designed to facilitate this process. It assists developers throughout the design
and planning stages of a new development to better understand and integrate sustainability considerations
throughout the masterplanning process. In doing so, BRE act as independent facilitators of this process,
guiding the design team as to sustainability potential of a development site, establishing the GreenPrint
framework, and using to it to assess the final output.

The Shannon Free Zone GreenPrint (hereafter refered to as GreenPrint) has been developed by BRE in
collaboration with Shannon Development, PM Group and RKD Architects. It takes full account of local
planning policy and sustainability guidance, as well as other issues relevant to the Shannon Free Zone site
and draws upon BRE’s experience in maximising the sustainability of a development proposal against the
particular strengths and constraints of a site.

Using the GreenPrint, Shannon Development, PM Group and RKD Architects have been able to embed
sustainability throughout the masterplanning process, ensuring sustainability is not simply ‘tacked on’ to the
end.

BRE are aware that the design team and Shannon Development have been working in the context of a
neighbouring Masterplan for Shannon Town Centre. The inter-relationship between the two Masterplans has
not been assessed by BRE.




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                                                                                                                 need to be addressed by developers at the plot level to ensure that the overall sustainability of Shannon Free
3. GREENPRINT METHODOLOGY
                                                                                                                 Zone is maximised inline with the Park Manager’s sustainability commitments outlined in this report.

The GreenPrint sets out clear, understandable sustainability objectives and benchmarks addressed under
                                                                                                                 GreenPrint Benchmarks
eight key categories covering a range of social, economic and environmental issues:
                                                                                                                 There are three tiered benchmarks that underpin each objective in the GreenPrint; ‘Good’, ‘Very Good’ and
GreenPrint Categories                                                                                            ‘Excellent’. Achieving a higher benchmark will lead to a better overall GreenPrint score and rating for the
    Climate Change - Ensures developments mitigate, and are appropriately adapted to, present and future         development.
    climate change impacts.                                                                                      Through the GreenPrint workshops led by BRE, Shannon Development and PM Group agreed the appropriate
    Transport - Ensures transport hierarchy issues are fully addressed and catered for within the                benchmarks that they would strive to achieve for the 52 Park Manager objectives, and address in the
    development.                                                                                                 Shannon Free Zone Masterplan.
    Placemaking - Ensures the design process, site layout and form provide a development that is
    appropriate to the local context.
                                                                                                                 GreenPrint Weightings

    Resources - Promotes the sustainable use of resources including water, materials and the reduction of        The objectives within each category of the GreenPrint have also been weighted; 1, 2 or 3 (1 being the most
    waste, both in construction and operation.                                                                   important). The weightings exercise was carried out by BRE, with feedback on the proposed weightings

    Ecology - Ensures the ecological value of the site is conserved and enhanced.                                provided by Shannon Development and PM Group. Because in practice the highest benchmark can not be
                                                                                                                 achieved for every objective in the GreenPrint, primarily due to economic reasons, the weightings assist the
    Business - Ensures that the development contributes to the sustainable economic vitality of the local area
                                                                                                                 masterplanners to prioritise where they should seek to achieve the highest benchmarks. The weightings thus
    and region.
                                                                                                                 helped to inform the above decision making process undertaken by Shannon Development and PM Group on
    Community - Ensures the development supports a vibrant, diverse and inclusive business community
                                                                                                                 the benchmarks to be achieved.
    that integrates with and provides services to the surrounding area.

    Buildings - Ensures that the design of individual buildings does not undermine the sustainability of the     GreenPrint Assessment
   overall development.
                                                                                                                 BRE have undertaken an independent assessment of the Masterplan for the Future Development of Shannon
                                                                                                                 Free Zone penultimate draft dated 5th September 2008 issued by masterplanners PM Group. Using the
GreenPrint Objectives
                                                                                                                 GreenPrint as the assessment framework BRE have reviewed the Masterplan against the 52 Park Manager
The GreenPrint was developed through a series of workshops led by BRE between August and December                objectives, and identified what benchmarks have been achieved.
2007. Through these workshops 91 sustainability objectives, and related benchmarks were established which
                                                                                                                 A GreenPrint score and rating is awarded on the basis of the benchmarks achieved. The percentage
have helped to steer the masterplanning process led by PM Group.
                                                                                                                 GreenPrint score is based on the cumulative total of the individual scores achieved for each objective (actual
Of these 91 objectives; 52 apply directly to Shannon Development in their role as Park Manager, and 39 are       benchmark achieved) divided by the total maximum score available (possible benchmark achieved). See
applicable to Developers who will carry out individual building developments on the Shannon Free Zone. In        Appendix 3 for a detailed explanation of the GreenPrint scoring methodology.
the latter case, the developer could either be Shannon Development, another Private/Public Sector body or
PPPs.

It is the 52 Park Manager objectives which have been addressed in the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan, and
form the basis for this GreenPrint assessment. The 39 Developer objectives and their underlying benchmarks




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The GreenPrint rating awarded is based on the percentage score achieved:

        No grade         <50%
        Good             50% – 64%
        Very Good        65% – 74%
        Excellent        75% – 84%
        Exemplar         >84%

The benchmarks committed to in the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan, and the subsequent GreenPrint score
and rating awarded are detailed in the next section of this report. Figure 3 illustrates the GreenPrint process
as described above.




   Developers to use the GreenPrint to inform                           Site visit to assess
   individual building developments on the Shannon                      site’s strengths and
   Free Zone – Target Excellent GreenPrint Rating                           weaknesses




                                                                          Facilitated workshop to
    Independent assessment                                                 establish overarching
   of Masterplan - GreenPrint                                           GreenPrint objectives for
   score and rating awarded                                              the Shannon Free Zone




            Shannon Free Zone                                Facilitated workshop to agree
          Masterplan guided by the                     GreenPrint benchmarks and weightings
           GreenPrint framework                        for the Shannon Free Zone GreenPrint.


                                      Figure 3: GreenPrint process diagram




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4. GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT - SHANNON FREE ZONE MASTERPLAN

Following completion of the GreenPrint assessment the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan has achieved a
GreenPrint score of 85%, giving it an ‘Exemplar’ performance rating. This assessment is based upon
documentary evidence provided to the assessors by masterplanners PM Group in the form of Masterplan for
the Future Development of Shannon Free Zone penultimate draft dated 5th September 2008.

It should be noted that any subsequent changes to this Masterplan, and the commitments made could impact
on the GreenPrint score and rating detailed in this report.

Of the 52 Park Manager objectives in the GreenPrint, that are applicable to this assessment the Shannon
Free Zone Masterplan has achieved:

    •   29 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks
    •   17 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks
    •   6 ‘Good’ Benchmarks

Figures four and five below summarise the results of the GreenPrint assessment. Figure four details the
individual benchmarks attained across the eight GreenPrint categories (see Methodology section for
explanation of category headings), whilst figure five illustrates how the Masterplan has performed in each
category.




                                                                                                             Figure 5: Shannon Free Zone Masterplan - GreenPrint Summary Radar




Figure 4: Shannon Free Zone Masterplan - Summary Table of GreenPrint assessment




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Best Practice in the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan

This list provides a snap shot of the Best Practice elements in the Shannon Free Zone Masterplan:


•   Minimum of 25% of new offices and units to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’
•   75% of new offices and units to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’
•   All office and industrial refurbishments to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’
•   Shannon Free Zone to contain rainfall from a 1 in 500 year rain event
•   Installation of a community energy scheme in either Shannon Free Zone West or East
    Enhanced network of safe pedestrian and cycle routes around site and to local facilities
    Provision of alternate transport options such as community buses, car clubs, car share infrastructure and
    taxi ranks
    Bus stops within 500 metres of all buildings with a frequent service of 15 minutes at peak times between
    Shannon Free Zone and Limerick
    Landscaping strategy for high quality public green space ensuring that 100% of buildings are within 500m
    of designated public green space
•   Key entrance points of the Shannon Free Zone to make a strong design statement and create a sense of
    arrival into the site from key access roads
•   Enhancement of existing water ways to create new public space for workers to enjoy
•   The planting scheme to be designed by an ecologist and landscape architect, which will be resilient to the
    predicted impacts of climate change such as drought, higher temperatures and wind speeds
•   Access for workers and local people to facilities on the Shannon Free Zone out of office hours. These
    facilities will include green space, pedestrian routes, cycle paths, and other amenities
•   New business premises to increase/maintain the viability of existing businesses, whilst developing priority
    business sectors and actively encouraging new inward investment



This next section details the results of the GreenPrint assessment, and benchmark levels met across all 52
Park Manager objectives in the eight GreenPrint categories.




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Climate Change                                                                                                      o   A CHP Biomass plant in SFZ West or East (to include Tri-generation cooling where required).

Within the GreenPrint assessment the Climate Change category covers issues associated with energy use,
and the mitigation of future changes in climate that the Shannon Free Zone can expect.

A score of 77% was achieved within the Climate Change category through commitment to the
following GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:



3 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks met on the following objective:


To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding of the Shannon Free
Zone and adjacent areas of land Shannon Development has committed to:

•   Ensure that the Shannon Free Zone can contain rainfall from a 1 in 500 year rain event
•   Mitigate the potential effect of storm and flood water by:
            o   Implementation of SuDs systems and overground infiltration basins
            o   Incorporating flood defences into the design of the landscaping around the open water ways
                though the development
            o   Making use of permeable surfaces in car parks, amenity areas, pavements, cycle routes and
                bridleways.
•   Increase the percentage of permeable surface across the development by 25%.


2 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:


To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding of the SFZ and adjacent
areas of land Shannon Development has committed to:

•   Undertake an assessment to determine the flood risk from a breaching of the estuary defences with steps
    taken to reduce any identifiable risk. This will be undertaken with other stakeholders in the area, including
    the Office of Public Works to determine the potential for future investment in better flood defences.

To encourage the use of community energy schemes Shannon Development has committed to:

•   Installing one of the following schemes in either Shannon Free Zone West or East:
            o   A renewable fuels fired scheme (biomass, domestic or agricultural wastes) in SFZ West or
                East (to include Tri-generation cooling where required), or
            o   A gas fired CHP plant in SFZ West or East (to include Tri-generation cooling where required),
                or




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Transport                                                                                                                       o   Ensure provision of information on public transport timetables in all communal buildings and
                                                                                                                                    on the business park intranet.
The success of a place hinges on the way in which people can get to a place, and travel around it once they
are there. As such, ensuring the destination has good public transport links, good cycle and pedestrian routes      To develop a transport strategy that meets the growing needs of the Shannon Free Zone Shannon

both on and off the site, whilst also supporting other low carbon transport methods is key to a successful          Development will:

place.                                                                                                              •   Ensure car parking meets the growing number of car users whilst also encouraging greater use of
                                                                                                                        alternatives. This will be achieved using the following measures:
A score of 88% was achieved within the Transport category through commitment to the following
                                                                                                                                o   Conducting a study to identify a suitable level of provision of car parking spaces, whilst also
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:
                                                                                                                                    considering a greater uptake of alternative modes of transport to reduce car parking needs.
                                                                                                                                o   Devising a clear car parking strategy that addresses the provision of car parking over the
                                                                                                                                    short and longer term, and demonstrates a clear prioritisation of the transport hierarchy in
5 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:
                                                                                                                                    favour of other modes. In addition, the parking strategy should limit the effect that cars have
                                                                                                                                    on visual amenity e.g. through use of courtyards, and natural screening etc.
To promote walking around the site in order to enhance access to local facilities and reduce the
                                                                                                                                o   Provision of alternate transport options such as community buses, car clubs, and car pooling
requirement for private car use Shannon Development has committed to:
                                                                                                                                    spaces, car share infrastructure and taxi ranks.
•   Providing an enhanced network of safe pedestrian routes around site and to local facilities. This will be
                                                                                                                    To monitor travel patterns and encourage more sustainable transport Shannon Development will:
    achieved by undertaking the following measures:
            o   Ensure that the existing pedestrian network provides appropriate links to local facilities, that    •   Carry out a travel survey as part of the traffic impact assessment to determine the travel patterns of
                the network is well overlooked, direct, convenient, safe and secure with a good standard of             people working at and commuting to the Shannon Free Zone. Shannon Development will also carry out an
                energy-efficient light.                                                                                 audit to determine the travel patterns associated with business travel, visitors and deliveries. The following
            o   Ensure that traffic is dispersed across site with pedestrian priority throughout (i.e. making use       measures will be undertaken:
                of shared surfaces and design measures incorporated to slow traffic speeds).                                    o   Carry out a survey of existing business travel patterns (time, frequency and distance) to and
                                                                                                                                    from the site and use this information to inform traffic impact assessment.
To promote cycling as a real alternative to the use of private cars Shannon Development has
                                                                                                                                o   Use this information to increase site facilities and approach local bus companies to offer
committed to:
                                                                                                                                    potential new services.
•   Providing a network of safe cycle routes within the development and to and from local facilities and
    transport nodes. This will be achieved by undertaking the following:
            o   Providing access to and from nearby residential areas, local shops and leisure facilities.          7 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:
            o   Setting up a site wide cycle network with direct links to neighbouring routes, including a link
                with the airport and Ennis.
                                                                                                                    To promote cycling as a real alternative to the use of private cars Shannon Development will:
To encourage and enable the use of public transport Shannon Development has committed to:
                                                                                                                    •   Produce an Integrated Movement and Transport Strategy in conjunction with Clare County Council with
•   Ensure that the site is served by public transport and that there is sufficient capacity to meet additional         secure cycle storage facilities provided at central communal areas across the development.
    demand from new workers on site. Shannon Development will also:
                                                                                                                    To encourage and enable the use of public transport Shannon Development will:
            o   Take into consideration how new users will access these services as part of the Masterplan
                with safe and direct walking and cycling routes to all major public transport nodes.                •   Ensure covered bus shelters are provided with timetable information maintained.




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•   Provide bus stops within 500 metres of all buildings with a frequent service of 15 minutes at peak times
    (defined as 07.30 – 10.00 and 17.00 – 19.00) between Shannon Free Zone and Limerick.

To develop a transport strategy that meets the growing needs of the Shannon Free Zone Shannon
Development will:

•   Develop and implement a traffic management plan to encourage the safe passage of vehicles through the
    development; including HGV/delivery vehicles at an appropriate speed. A speed limit of 35kph will be
    implemented around key pedestrian hubs.

To reduce dependency on private car ownership and use Shannon Development will:

•   Undertake the following steps to establish a car share club across the Shannon Free Zone:
            o   Promote the establishment of a Car Share website for the SFZ to enable workers on the site
                to link up with a suitable car share partner.
            o   Designate car share spaces to be located across the site. These car share spaces will be
                located closer to building entrances than normal parking spaces.

To promote the use of virtual communications as an alternative to transport where possible Shannon
Development will:

•   Oversee the installation of a virtual communications infrastructure across the site serving all existing and
    future new buildings. This will be in the form of a fibre network.




To understand the traffic implications of the new development and implement measures to mitigate
these Shannon Development will:

•   Carry out a traffic impact assessment for the whole development and incorporate measures to mitigate
    against any adverse impacts caused. The measures which will be taken will include to:
            o   Fully assess the impacts and demonstrate that the whole development will not exacerbate
                road congestion; cause safety problems with other route users or harm to the quality of the
                local environment. In addition, mitigation of the impacts of the development will be
                incorporated into the design through the provision of infrastructure, amenity or services which
                will be of community benefit.
            o   Provide information to occupants regarding transport options on the site, including provision of
                advice on establishing work place travel plans, as required in developer specifications.




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Placemaking                                                                                                                      o   Ensuring that each zone will have clearly defined boundaries, with signs notifying people
                                                                                                                                     when they enter and exit zones. There will be a site wide signage plan.
The Masterplan has committed to creating a high quality public realm, ensuring that quality design will not only
                                                                                                                                 o   Implementation of signage features, a clearly defined colour scheme. Walk and cycle times
apply to the buildings within the Free Zone, but will influence the wider built form. The Masterplan has also
                                                                                                                                     will be provided on signage.
committed to ensure the redeveloped Free Zone will have a strong identity, including strong branding and a
                                                                                                                                 o   Putting into place boundary planting schemes designed by an ecologist or landscape architect
clear design code to complement each zone and improve legibility.
                                                                                                                                     to distinguish site zones.

A score of 98% was achieved within the Placemaking category through commitment to the following                      To develop a consistent appearance across the development in order to provide a sense of place / site
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:                                                 identity Shannon Development will:

                                                                                                                     •   Assign a Building Design Code to ensure a consistent and identifiable design styles across the
                                                                                                                         development, including:
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                                                                                                                                 o   A consistent Park 'brand' consisting of a limited palette of colours and materials will be used
                                                                                                                                     throughout the Park in landscaping and all signage.
To create a business park and/or individual zones with a clear identity that is easy to understand and
                                                                                                                                 o   Materials chosen which are consistent with the local vernacular and surrounding landscape.
navigate whilst ensuring that the development of premises is undertaken with a view to their potential
                                                                                                                                 o   A developed 'brand' using high-quality sustainable materials.
impact on orientation, legibility and safety Shannon Development have committed to:
                                                                                                                     To minimise site noise the following factors will be implemented by Shannon Development:
•   Plots with clearly defined boundaries and entrances, avoiding ambiguity in relationship between private
    and public space with clear signage for all users.                                                               •   Construction works will be managed such that it will not result in unreasonable constraints upon
•   Consideration to the design of site entrances to act as gateways and landmarks on site to help orientate             neighbouring businesses and industry, unacceptable levels of disturbance to local residents, farm live
    users.                                                                                                               stock and wildlife, or conflict with the enjoyment of areas used for informal recreation.
•   Detailed Design Codes which address all legibility issues within the business context.                           •   Use of an acoustics expert in the spatial layout plan and implementation phases
                                                                                                                     •   Location and orientation of the buildings have been considered so as to minimise the effects of noise
To ensure access to high quality public green space for all in order to promote outdoor recreation,
                                                                                                                         generated from any one business that could impact on another
health and community interaction within a planned network of multifunctional public green spaces
                                                                                                                     •   The landscape design incorporates the use of soft surfaces around the site and on the boundary of the
Shannon Development will:
                                                                                                                         airport to reduce the impacts of noise.
•   Implement provisions within the landscaping strategy for high quality public green space that meets the
                                                                                                                     To ensure that visitors to Shannon Airport and the surrounding areas get a strong sense of arrival into
    needs of employees and visitors to the park, including the following measures:
                                                                                                                     the Shannon Free Zone Shannon Development will:
             o   Ensure that 100% of buildings are within 500m of designated public green space.
             o   Facilitate a network of cycle / walking / running paths around the site. These paths will need to   •   Develop key entrance points of the Shannon Free Zone so to make a strong design statement and create
                 be safe (overlooked and well lit), the appropriate length for lunchtime use and designed for            a sense of arrival into the site from key access roads. This will be achieved by:
                 trips of various lengths.                                                                                       o   Creation of a new entrance to Shannon Free Zone West (from the airport side) that includes
                                                                                                                                     key focal ‘sustainable’ buildings, a strong sense of brand, and hard and soft landscaping.
To create individual zones with a clear identity that is easy to understand and navigate Shannon
                                                                                                                                 o   Creation of a new entrance at all key strategic access points into the Shannon Free Zone,
Development will:
                                                                                                                                     including Shannon Free Zone East.
•   Make each zone within the Shannon Free Zone distinguishable and use signage across the development                           o   Advertising on roadways and signage will be provided throughout the Shannon area and
    that details locations and walking times to each location. These measures will include:                                          major access routes into the region will be implemented.




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To enhance existing SUD systems across the development to provide key recreational space as part
of the public realm Shannon Development will:                                                                      1 ‘Good’ Benchmark met on the following objective:

•   Incorporate and enhance the existing water ways (catchment drains) to create new public space for
                                                                                                                   To encourage the integration of public art into the design of the development Shannon Development
    workers to enjoy, including the following measures:
                                                                                                                   will:
            o   Designing SUD systems in an attractive manner to add to the visual amenity of the
                development.                                                                                       •   Facilitate the use of public art in the development by ensuring that the local business community are
            o   Provision of infrastructure and features for people to utilise these spaces for recreational use       involved in identifying potential pieces of public works of art for the development.
                (paths, hard/soft, landscaping, benches, and tables etc).
            o   Provision of signage and close proximity to shops (400m) to ensure that the public space can
                be utilised in the summer months during lunchtimes.

To ensure workers have a sense of ownership over individual areas Shannon Development aim to:

•   Locate community spaces central to Shannon Free Zone East and West to ensure public interaction.
    Amenity services will be located in these areas to ensure workers can access them in an efficient manner.
    This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
            o   Provision of public space around retail and recreation areas.
            o   Provision of pedestrian routes through public space which follow natural desire lines between
                destinations and create links with the surrounding area.
            o   Design of streetscape furniture for easy cleaning to minimise graffitti and vandalism so that
                spaces can be utilised.

To ensure that the Masterplan is future proofed Shannon Development will:

•   Incorporate measures in the implementation of the Masterplan to ensure that future development does not
    have a negative impact on the local community and countryside over the longer term. This will be
    achieved by taking the following steps:
            o   Locating green protected buffer zones within the perimeter of the SFZ.
            o   Implementing a strategy for all infrastructure provision across the SFZ to meet the immediate
                and future needs of businesses
            o   Commitment to assess the impact of the new development and future demand over the longer
                term and making amendments to the Masterplan where necessary.




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Resources

Ensuring that the materials used within a development are as sustainable as possible contributes to the
overall sustainability of a finished development. This includes the elements used to make a building as well as
those in the wider infrastructure of the development. It should also be ensured that materials already on site
are utilised in the new development, minimising resource depletion and the amount of material sent to landfill.

A score of 53% was achieved within the Resources category through commitment to the following
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:



2 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:


To ensure the most effective and efficient use of land by applying a sequential approach:

•   50% of the Shannon Free Zone being redeveloped is Brownfield land and in need of remediation.

To remediate land in the most environmentally sensitive way available Shannon Development have
committed to:

•   Carrying out a site contamination assessment by a qualified person prior to redevelopment, and will
    ensure that the land is remediated by dealing with contaminants using natural (energy, water and material
    free) processes, where viable, so as to minimise materials contaminated or clean leaving the site for
    landfill.


3 ‘Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:


To ensure all buildings already in existence on the site are duly considered for refurbishment in
preference to demolition Shannon Development will:

•   Ensure all existing buildings on site undergo a structural and internal environments survey by a qualified
    expert to assess it for fitness of purpose and opportunities for refurbishment.

To ensure that where buildings are demolished that aggregates and building materials are diverted
from landfill Shannon Development will:

•   Undertake pre-demolition audits of all existing site structures by a qualified auditor, and has set a 50%
    diversion from landfill target for aggregates and building materials (including metals and timber) from the
    demolition of these structures.




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Ecology                                                                                                             To ensure that sufficient trees and shrubs that are specified contribute to the ecological enhancement
                                                                                                                    of the site Shannon Development will:
Even on a business park there is ample opportunity to enhance the ecology on site through provision of new
green corridors and improvement to local habitat. Development of the Shannon Free Zone will result in more          •   Aim to allocate a 10% increase in cover of locally occurring native trees, shrubs and grasses within

open and green space, native trees, shrubs and grasses, adding to the overall sense of place and contributing           communal and boundary areas over what currently exists.
to existing wildlife.                                                                                               To reduce potential for ground and water pollution Shannon Development will:

A score of 84% was achieved within the Ecology category through commitment to the following                         •   Ensure that areas at risk from pollution will be protected through specification of on site treatment such as
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:                                                    oil separators and interceptors, and that the necessary water supply, waste water treatment / disposal and
                                                                                                                        waste water infrastructure will be secured to avoid unacceptable damage to the water environment.

2 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:


To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site and protect existing natural
habitats Shannon Development will:

•   Employ a qualified ecologist to carry out a full ecological survey to examine habitats in and around the site
    and migration routes across the site, and ensure the following:
              o   Mitigations/harm avoidance strategy put in place.
              o   No loss of habitat or species identified in the ecological survey.
              o   Strategy for enhancements

To ensure that the overall planting scheme is robust enough to survive any predicted impacts of
climate change through its life span:

•   The planting scheme for the Shannon Free Zone will be designed by an ecologist and landscape
    architect. It will be resilient to the predicted impacts of climate change such as drought, higher
    temperatures, and wind, and use indigenous species. Shannon Development will also establish a long
    term maintenance regime for maintenance of all shared landscaped areas.


3 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:


To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site and protect existing natural
habitats Shannon Development will:

•   Employ a qualified ecologist to identify what features on site are currently acting as wildlife corridors and
    demonstrate in plans that these are maintained and enhanced, though creation of new wildlife corridors to
    link habitats within the site or link to habitats outside the development by providing cover at site
    boundaries which will allow wildlife to move around the periphery of the development.




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Community                                                                                                           •   Ensuring that a stakeholder analysis exercise is undertaken to develop a comprehensive list of
                                                                                                                        stakeholders. The identified stakeholders will be contacted and provided with a forum to comment on the
It imperative that the Shannon Free Zone serves both existing and new business interests, thus creating a
                                                                                                                        proposed development.
vibrant, diverse and inclusive business community that integrates with and provides services regionally,
                                                                                                                    •   Informing local business and residential community about the proposal so that they can comment to the
nationally and internationally. The Shannon Free Zone should also serve the needs of the local community
                                                                                                                        Development Authority.
providing access to key amenity, such as green space, and pedestrian and cycle routes to neighbouring
                                                                                                                    •   Consulting local business and residential community for opinions.
areas.
                                                                                                                    •   Ensuring that all appropriate authorities are consulted and given opportunity to comment prior to the
A score of 90% was achieved within the Community category through commitment to the following                           development commencing.
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:                                                Add value to tenants by providing facilities and services which help to develop a sense of identity and
                                                                                                                    community ownership over the business park and encourage intra and inter business collaboration
                                                                                                                    Shannon Development will:
2 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:
                                                                                                                    •   Encourage and foster a sense of community amongst business tenants, and new Business to Business

To avoid detrimental effects upon the surrounding community and highlight issues that the                               opportunities on the site, through the following measures:

development must address Shannon Development will:                                                                              o   Facilitating the establishment of a business intranet to promote the work of all tenants on site
                                                                                                                                    which will act as a key communication portal for addressing site issues.
•   Ensure that a social impact assessment is carried out prior to development commencing, as part of a
                                                                                                                                o   Implementing a body to establish networking opportunities and information sessions on a
    Strategic Environmental Assessment to examine the impact of the development on the existing
                                                                                                                                    periodic basis between business tenants.
    community. Supplementary evidence will be provided to show how results were taken into account, with
                                                                                                                    To provide appropriate amenities for access by tenants and local residents Shannon Development
    the outcome of the study and measures taken communicated back to residents in the surrounding
                                                                                                                    will:
    communities.

To ensure that the park facilities are available outside traditional office hours (9-5 Mon – Fri) for the           •   Actively seek appropriate amenities onto the development to serve the recreational needs of the local

use of workers and the surrounding local community Shannon Development have committed to:                               community. This will be achieved by establishing 5 appropriate amenities from the following:
                                                                                                                                o   Post Office
•   Ensuring that workers and local people can access facilities on the Shannon Free Zone out of office
                                                                                                                                o   Bank
    hours. These facilities will include green space, pedestrian routes, cycle paths, and other amenities
                                                                                                                                o   Shop (selling fresh local food)
    identified in this section. This provision will be based on an understanding of the current needs of existing
                                                                                                                                o   Leisure facilities
    employees and community groups – i.e. will be identified through surveys and workshops.
                                                                                                                                o   Café
                                                                                                                                o   Restaurant
                                                                                                                                o   Hotel
3 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:
                                                                                                                                o   Crèche
                                                                                                                                o   Medical centre
To encourage the local and business community to get involved in the design of the development to
                                                                                                                                o   Cycle paths
ensure their needs, ideas and knowledge are taken into account to improve its quality and
acceptability Shannon Development have committed to:




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Business                                                                                                                •   Seek to ensure that the development targets will provide access to employment opportunities for locals,
                                                                                                                            which match the identified skills of the existing community (within 1hr commuting distance). This includes
As sustainability goes beyond the built and natural form, Shannon Development have committed to ensuring
                                                                                                                            a commitment to fostering a skilled business and industrial jobs market and that relevant bodies (e.g.,
that the businesses located within the Shannon Free Zone will maintain the future sustainability of the wider
                                                                                                                            FAS) will be available to provide training to allow local workers to fill these new roles.
Shannon area. This is as much about economic sustainability as it is about social sustainability, providing
employment and training opportunity to the local market, whilst encouraging sustainable business practices to           To ensure the correct zoning of land so that it is satisfactory to local businesses Shannon
ensure it remains a prosperous business park in the future.                                                             Development will:

A score of 96% was achieved within the Business category through commitment to the following                            •   Ensure that land is zoned in a manner that ensures optimum distribution of businesses while minimising
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:                                                        the impact on existing businesses. This will be achieved by:
                                                                                                                                    o   Ensuring that the zoning of development clearly distinguishes between different business
                                                                                                                                        types to reduce impact on neighbouring businesses.
4 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:                                                                           o   Ensuring that any potential disruption to existing businesses will be mitigated through
                                                                                                                                        orientation of buildings to ensure entrances and delivery areas do not clash
To ensure new business space should complement and enhance those businesses already in the                                          o   Incorporate into the overall design that there is sufficient landscaping between development
local area, as well as encourage new inward investment Shannon Development will:                                                        plots, thus increasing the distance between them and reducing any negatives impacts.

•   Ensure that new business premises increase/maintain the viability of existing businesses, whilst
    developing priority business sectors and actively encouraging new inward investment. Shannon
                                                                                                                        2 ‘Good’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:
    Development will carry out an economic study to show that business premises will meet the needs of
    existing businesses in the area. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
                                                                                                                        To promote knowledge sharing between the tenants of the business park Shannon Development will:
            o   Identification and development of priority business sectors for the area, including clusters of
                related activity and other key business sectors of importance sub-regionally and nationally.            •   Implement systems to encourage knowledge sharing within the business park, including measures such

            o   Providing a range and choice of appropriate premises for business needs, including business                 as a regular site wide newsletter / e-magazine providing information on site news and businesses.

                start-up units, and SMEs, will cater for organic growth and active encouragement of new                 To encourage sustainable businesses and practices Shannon Development will:
                inward investment.
                                                                                                                        •   Ask all developers to include sustainability credentials within their criteria for identifying potential tenants,
To ensure that the new development creates additional permanent skilled jobs Shannon Development                            which includes signing up to the Shannon Free Zone Charter for Sustainable Businesses.
will:

•   Aim to facilitate the creation of additional permanent jobs through new business, existing local businesses,
    site services or site maintenance. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
            o   Ensuring that tenant types are identified and are actively encouraged that they will deliver a
                net % increase in jobs in Shannon and surrounding area
            o   Showing measurable increases in auxiliary jobs in the local area and an increased local skills
                base through more businesses operating on site
            o   Providing training opportunities by site facilities (e.g., FAS) that will help local workers up-skill

To ensure the mixed use aspect of the development provides a benefit (in both employment and
recreation) to the employment catchment area Shannon Development will:




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Buildings

The BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) standards will ensure that buildings built or
refurbished by developers in the Shannon Free Zone are done so to a very high environmental standard, thus
not undermining the Park’s high sustainability aspirations, as detailed in the Masterplan.

Shannon Development has committed that building developments in the Shannon Free Zone meet the
BREEAM standards set out below.

A score of 100% was achieved within the Buildings category through commitment to the following
GreenPrint objectives and benchmarks, as detailed in the Masterplan:



4 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks met on the following objectives:


To ensure individual buildings underpin the sustainability of the development Shannon Development
have committed to:

•   Ensuring that the following BREEAM ‘Offices’ standards are achieved for all new office buildings built in
    the Shannon Free Zone:
            o    BREEAM Offices standard of ‘Excellent’ is achieved across a minimum 25% of new offices
                 across the Shannon Free Zone
            o    BREEAM Offices standard of “Very Good’ is achieved across 75% of new offices across the
                 Shannon Free Zone.

•   Ensuring that the following BREEAM ‘Industrial’ standards are achieved for all units built in the Shannon
    Free Zone:
            o    BREEAM Industrial standard of ‘Excellent’ is achieved across a minimum 25% of units built in
                 the Shannon Free Zone
            o    BREEAM Industrial standard of “Very Good’ is achieved across 75% of new units built in the
                 Shannon Free Zone

To ensure all refurbished buildings underpin the sustainability of the development Shannon
Development have committed to:

•   Ensuring that a minimum BREEAM standard of ‘Very Good’ is achieved on all office and industrial
    refurbishments.




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5. DEVELOPER OBJECTIVES & SCENARIOS                                                                              commitment shown by the Park Manager and deliver a building development which achieves an ‘Excellent’
                                                                                                                 GreenPrint rating.
As described in section three, the GreenPrint includes 39 objectives that are specifically aimed at developers
                                                                                                                 GreenPrint ratings are based on the following percentage scores achieved:
who will either refurbish or build new building developments on the Shannon Free Zone. Developers are
expected to use the GreenPrint framework to inform the design and planning stages of these building                      No grade         <50%
developments, thus demonstrating similar high standards in sustainable design already committed to by the                Good             50% – 64%
Park Manager.                                                                                                            Very Good        65% – 74%
                                                                                                                         Excellent        75% – 84%
The 39 developer objectives and benchmarks which underpin their delivery are detailed in Appendix 2 of this
                                                                                                                         Exemplar         >84%
report. Section 4.6 of the Masterplan states the following regarding delivery of these objectives:

         ‘Crucially the GreenPrint has also been developed to be used beyond the Masterplanning process to
        guide the subsequent design and development of individual plots on the Shannon Free Zone, thus
        ensuring that plot designs complement the sustainability of the scheme as a whole. As such, the
        GreenPrint includes objectives and benchmarks that are geared towards implementation by both
                                                                                                                 Scenario One
        Shannon Development, and developers potentially involved in building and related development
        projects within the Free Zone’.                                                                          Developer does not address any of the 39 objectives and thus does not contribute to the overall sustainability
                                                                                                                 of the Shannon Free Zone. A ‘Good’ rating would be achieved based on the Park Manager’s contribution.
For this to happen in practice developers must familiarise themselves with the intent behind the Masterplan
and the objectives set out in the GreenPrint. By using the GreenPrint early in the design process developers     Park Manager contribution               53% (out of a possible 62%)
can maximise the opportunities provided through the Masterplan and better integrate sustainability               Developer contribution                  0% (out of a possible 38%)
considerations into their building developments.                                                                 Overall GreenPrint score                53%
                                                                                                                 Overall GreenPrint rating               Good
Developer Scenarios

In order to illustrate the use of GreenPrint for individual building developments, and what is required by
developers to achieve different GreenPrint Ratings five scenarios are described below. These scenarios build
upon what has already been already achieved through the commitments set out in the Masterplan, thus each
scenario starts from a baseline score of 53% (out of a maximum possible score of 62%), which reflects the
Park Manager’s contribution to the overall sustainability of the Shannon Free Zone. To achieve this score the
Park Manager attained the following benchmarks across the 52 Park Manager objectives (see section 4 for
further detail on these benchmarks):

    •   29 ‘Excellent’ Benchmarks
    •   17 ‘Very Good’ Benchmarks                                                                                Figure 6: Developer scenario one (Good Rating)

    •   6 ‘Good’ Benchmarks

Developers should build upon the baseline percentage score by addressing the other 39 Developer objectives
in the GreenPrint. A maximum contribution of 38% is available to developers to the overall GreenPrint score.
The challenge presented to developers wanting to develop on the Shannon Free Zone is to match the




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Scenario Two

Developer achieves ‘Good’ benchmarks across all 39 Developer objectives. This scenario demonstrates that
by only meeting the minimum benchmarks in the GreenPrint the overall rating achieved increases to a Very
Good.

Park Manager contribution               53% (out of a possible 62%)
Developer contribution                  12% (out of a possible 38%)
Overall GreenPrint score                65%
Overall GreenPrint rating               Very Good


                                                                                                            Figure 8: Developer scenario three (Excellent Rating)




                                                                                                            Scenario Four

                                                                                                            Developer achieves 13 ‘Excellent’ benchmarks for the priority 1 weighted objectives, but does not address
                                                                                                            either the priority 2 or 3 weighted objectives. This scenario demonstrates that by just focusing on the priority 1
                                                                                                            weighted objectives, and performing to the highest level in these areas an Excellent rating can be achieved.

                                                                                                            Park Manager contribution                 53% (out of possible 62%)
Figure 7: Developer scenario two (Very Good Rating)
                                                                                                            Developer contribution                    29% (out of possible 38%)
                                                                                                            Overall GreenPrint score                  82%
                                                                                                            Overall GreenPrint rating                 Excellent
Scenario Three

Developer achieves ‘Very Good’ benchmarks across all 39 Developer objectives. This increases the overall
GreenPrint rating achieved to an Excellent, without meeting any ’Excellent’ benchmarks in the GreenPrint.

Park Manager contribution               53% (out of possible 62%)
Developer contribution                  27% (out of possible 38%)
Overall GreenPrint score                80%
Overall GreenPrint rating               Excellent



                                                                                                            Figure 9: Developer scenario four (Excellent Rating)




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Scenario Five

Developer achieves 13 ‘Excellent’ benchmarks for the priority 1 weighted objectives, 17 ‘Very Good’
benchmarks for the priority 2 weighted objectives, and nine ‘Good’ benchmarks for the priority 3 weighted
objectives. This scenario demonstrates that by focusing on all 39 Developer objectives, and achieving an
appropriate benchmark level dependant on the weighting of the objective a GreenPrint ‘Exemplar‘ rating can
be achieved.

Park Manager contribution                53% (out of possible 62%)
Developer contribution                   35% (out of possible 38%)
Overall GreenPrint score                 88%
Overall GreenPrint rating                Exemplar




Figure 10: Developer scenario five (Exemplar Rating)




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                                                                                                      Objective   1.1   To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding
APPENDIX 1: PARK MANAGER GREENPRINT OBJECTIVES                                                                          of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.
Benchmarks achieved highlighted in green                                                              Question    (c)   What measures have Shannon Development incorporated into the
                                                                                                                        development to reduce the contribution it may make to flash flooding?
Climate Change                                                                                                          A) SUDS systems and overground infiltration basins
                                                                                                                        B) Flood defences incorporated into the design of the landscaping around the
Objective   1.1   To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding                     open water ways though the development
                  of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.                                                                C) Use of permeable surfaces in car parks, amenity areas, pavements, cycle
                                                                                                                        routes and bridleways.
Question    (a)   Has an assessment been carried out to determine the flood risk from a               Benchmark
                  breaching of the riverside defences, and where there is an identifiable risk                  Good    C
                  from flooding what measures have been taken to mitigate against this risk?
                                                                                                           Very Good    C plus either B or A
Benchmark                                                                                                               All measures
                                                                                                            Excellent
        Good      Assessment carried out of the risk posed by a breaching of the riverside and
                                                                                                        Commitment      Objective C1
                  steps taken to reduce risk to areas at the most immediate risk.
                                                                                                       in Masterplan
     Very Good    Good PLUS dialogue undertaken with the Office of Public Works regarding                               To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of
                  the potential for future investment in better flood defences.                                         flooding of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.
      Excellent   Assessment carried out of the risk posed by a breaching of the riverside and                          In association with other stakeholders, Shannon Development will participate
                  no discernable risk from flooding.                                                                    and contribute to an assessment to determine the flood risk from a breaching
  Commitment      Objective C1                                                                                          of the estuary defences, and where there is an identifiable risk from flooding
 in Masterplan                                                                                                          the following measures will be undertaken by Shannon Development to
                  To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of
                  flooding of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.                                                       mitigate against this risk in the SFZ:
                  In association with other stakeholders, Shannon Development will participate                              •   Incorporate the following measures into future infrastructural
                  and contribute to an assessment to determine the flood risk from a breaching                                  developments to reduce the contribution to flash flooding:
                  of the estuary defences, and where there is an identifiable risk from flooding                                    o    Implementation of SUDS systems and overground infiltration
                  the following measures will be undertaken by Shannon Development to                                                    basins.
                  mitigate against this risk in the SFZ:
                                                                                                                                    o    Incorporate flood defences into the design of the landscaping
                  •   Engage in discussions with the Office of Public Works regarding the                                                around the open water ways though the development.
                      potential for future investment in better flood defences.
                                                                                                                                    o    Make use of permeable surfaces in car parks, amenity areas,
                                                                                                                                         pavements, cycle routes and bridleways.
Objective   1.1   To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding
                  of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.                                                                            o    Increase the area of permeable surfaces across the
Question    (b)   What level of rain fall event does the development either currently contain, or                                        development by a minimum of 25% over the current.
                  will be designed to contain once relevant measures have been taken?
Benchmark
          Good    The SFZ can contain rainfall from 1:100 year rain events.
     Very Good    The SFZ can contain rainfall from 1:250 year rain events.
      Excellent   The SFZ can contain rainfall from 1:500 year rain events.
  Commitment      Objective C1
 in Masterplan
                  To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of
                  flooding of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.
                  In association with other stakeholders, Shannon Development will participate
                  and contribute to an assessment to determine the flood risk from a breaching
                  of the estuary defences, and where there is an identifiable risk from flooding
                  the following measures will be undertaken by Shannon Development to
                  mitigate against this risk in the SFZ:
                      •   Ensure that future flood management measures in SFZ will contain
                          rainfall from 1:500 year rain events.




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Objective   1.1   To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding   Objective   1.3   To encourage the use of community energy schemes
                  of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.                                              Question    (a)   Have Shannon Development committed to installing a community energy
Question    (e)   What is the percentage increase of permeable surfaces across the                                      scheme within SFZ West and East, and what type of scheme will it be?
                  development?
                                                                                                                        Scheme A - Conventional gas or oil fired scheme in SFZ West or East
                  The potential for loss of permeable surfaces resulting from greenfield                                Scheme B - Renewable fuels fired scheme (biomass, domestic or agricultural
                  development in SFZ East is included in this calculation.                                              wastes) in SFZ West or East
Benchmark                                                                                                               Scheme C - Gas fired CHP plant in SFZ West or East (to include Tri-
          Good    5%                                                                                                    generation cooling where required)
     Very Good    15%                                                                                                   Scheme D - CHP Biomass plant in SFZ West or East (to include Tri-
      Excellent   25%                                                                                                   generation cooling where required)
  Commitment      Objective C1                                                                                          Scheme E - Schemes B, C or D installed in SFZ West and East (to include
 in Masterplan                                                                                                          Tri-generation where required)
                  To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of                              Scheme F - Integration of community energy scheme with Shannon Town
                  flooding of the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.                                                       Centre regeneration plan
                  In association with other stakeholders, Shannon Development will participate        Benchmark
                  and contribute to an assessment to determine the flood risk from a breaching                  Good    A
                  of the estuary defences, and where there is an identifiable risk from flooding           Very Good    B–D
                  the following measures will be undertaken by Shannon Development to                       Excellent   E or F
                  mitigate against this risk in the SFZ:                                                Commitment      Objective C2
                                                                                                       in Masterplan
                      •   Incorporate the following measures into future infrastructural                                To encourage the use of community energy schemes
                          developments to reduce the contribution to flash flooding:                                    In association with other stakeholders, Shannon Development will seek to
                              o    Increase the area of permeable surfaces across the                                   develop a community energy scheme within SFZ West and East, with a view
                                   development by a minimum of 25% over the current.                                    to undertaking one of the following schemes:
                                                                                                                           •   A renewable fuels fired scheme (biomass, domestic or agricultural
                                                                                                                               wastes) in SFZ West or East to include Tri-generation cooling where
                                                                                                                               required)
                                                                                                                           •   A gas fired CHP plant in SFZ West or East (to include Tri-generation
                                                                                                                               cooling where required)
                                                                                                                           •   A CHP Biomass plant in SFZ West or East (to include Tri-generation
                                                                                                                               cooling where required)
                                                                                                                           •   A community energy scheme in conjunction with Shannon Town
                                                                                                                               Centre Masterplan (TC02/TC03)




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Transport                                                                                            Objective   2.2   To promote cycling as a real alternative to the use of private cars.
                                                                                                     Question    (a)   Is there a network of safe cycle routes within the development and to and
                                                                                                                       from local facilities and transport nodes?
Objective   2.1   To promote walking around the site in order to enhance access to local
                  facilities and reduce the requirement for private car use.                         Benchmark
Question    (a)   Will Shannon Development provide a network of safe pedestrian routes                       Good      Safe, convenient and attractive cycle routes are provided within the
                  around site and to local facilities?                                                                 development that are overlooked by, roads and pavements.
Benchmark                                                                                                 Very Good    Good PLUS access provided to and from nearby residential areas, local
                                                                                                                       shops and leisure facilities.
        Good      Masterplan clearly prioritises the requirements of pedestrians throughout site
                  and requires developers to provide clear, safe and direct routes to all                  Excellent   Very Good PLUS site wide cycle network with direct links to neighbouring
                  buildings and facilities.                                                                            routes, including a link with the airport and Ennis.
     Very Good    Good PLUS master plan clearly provides a highly permeable pedestrian                 Commitment      Objective T2
                  network that links to local facilities, which is well overlooked, direct,           in Masterplan
                                                                                                                       To promote cycling as a real alternative to the use of private cars.
                  convenient, safe and secure with a good standard of energy-efficient lighting.
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS traffic dispersed across site with pedestrian priority                                Shannon Development aim to provide a network of safe cycle routes within
                  throughout (i.e. use of shared surfaces and design measures to slow traffic                          the development and to and from local facilities and transport nodes. This will
                  speeds).                                                                                             be achieved by undertaking the following:
  Commitment      Objective T1                                                                                         •   Providing access to and from nearby residential areas, local shops and
 in Masterplan
                  To promote walking around the site in order to enhance access to local                                   leisure facilities
                  facilities and reduce the requirement for private car use.                                           •   Setting up a site wide cycle network with direct links to neighbouring
                  Shannon Development will provide an enhanced network of safe pedestrian                                  routes, including a link with the airport and Ennis.
                  routes around site and to local facilities. This will be achieved by undertaking
                  the following measures:
                      •   Ensure that the existing pedestrian network provides appropriate links
                          to local facilities, that the network is well overlooked, direct,
                          convenient, safe and secure with a good standard of energy-efficient
                          light.
                                                                                                     Objective   2.2   To promote cycling as a real alternative to the use of private cars.
                      •   Ensure that traffic is dispersed across site with pedestrian priority      Question    (b)   What provision will Shannon Development make for secure bicycle storage at
                          throughout (i.e. making use of shared surfaces and design measures                           places of employment, local facilities and at transport nodes?
                          incorporated to slow traffic speeds).                                      Benchmark
                                                                                                             Good      Integrated Movement and Transport Strategy prepared in conjunction with
                                                                                                                       Clare County Council and secure cycle storage facilities provided at central
                                                                                                                       communal areas across the development.
                                                                                                          Very Good    Good PLUS designated storage at local facilities and transport nodes.
                                                                                                           Excellent   Very Good PLUS central bike pool established.
                                                                                                       Commitment      Objective T2
                                                                                                      in Masterplan
                                                                                                                       To promote cycling as a real alternative to the use of private cars.
                                                                                                                       Providing secure bicycle storage at places of employment, local facilities and
                                                                                                                       at transport nodes. These steps will include:
                                                                                                                       •   Preparation of an integrated Movement and Transport Strategy in
                                                                                                                           conjunction with Clare County Council with secure cycle storage facilities
                                                                                                                           being provided at central communal areas across the development.
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Objective   2.3   To encourage and enable the use of public transport.                              Objective   2.3   To encourage and enable the use of public transport.
Question    (a)   Is the development within an existing or proposed public transport corridors      Question    (b)   What provision will Shannon Development make for a comfortable/safe bus
                  that can facilitate a modal shift in transport patterns?                                            shelters?
Benchmark                                                                                           Benchmark
        Good      Yes, the site will be served by a public transport service with sufficient                Good      Appropriate infrastructure will be provided to support passenger access to the
                  capacity to meet the anticipated demands of the proposed development.                               bus (and rail) network.
     Very Good    Good PLUS consideration of how new users will access these services has                Very Good    Covered shelters are provided with timetable information maintained.
                  been clearly considered as part of the master plan with safe and direct                 Excellent   Comfortable, lit and safe waiting areas in key locations with access to real
                  walking and cycling routes to all major public transport nodes.                                     time information.
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS excess capacity already exists or will be provided and               Commitment      Objective T3
                  information on public transport timetables is provided in all communal             in Masterplan
                  buildings and on the business park intranet.                                                        To encourage and enable the use of public transport.
  Commitment      Objective T3                                                                                        Shannon development will facilitate a modal shift in transport patterns within
 in Masterplan                                                                                                        an existing or proposed transport corridor by undertaking the following
                  To encourage and enable the use of public transport.
                                                                                                                      techniques:
                  Shannon development will facilitate a modal shift in transport patterns within
                  an existing or proposed transport corridor by undertaking the following                             •   Seek to ensure that Shannon Free Zone will be served by a public
                  techniques:                                                                                             transport service with sufficient capacity to meet the anticipated demands
                                                                                                                          of the proposed development.
                  •   Seek to ensure that Shannon Free Zone will be served by a public
                      transport service with sufficient capacity to meet the anticipated demands                      •   Taking into consideration how new users will access these services as
                      of the proposed development.                                                                        part of the Masterplan with safe and direct walking and cycling routes to
                                                                                                                          all major public transport nodes.
                  •   Taking into consideration how new users will access these services as
                      part of the Masterplan with safe and direct walking and cycling routes to                       •   Provision of information on public transport timetables in all communal
                      all major public transport nodes.                                                                   buildings and on the business park intranet.

                  •   Provision of information on public transport timetables in all communal                         •   Provision of covered bus shelters with timetable information maintained.
                      buildings and on the business park intranet.                                                    •   Calculation of the furthest distance any workers will have to walk or cycle
                  •   Provision of covered bus shelters with timetable information maintained.                            within the SFZ to access a frequent bus service which offers a regular link
                                                                                                                          to Shannon town centre and Limerick. This will be achieved by
                  •   Calculation of the furthest distance any workers will have to walk or cycle                         implementing the following process:
                      within the SFZ to access a frequent bus service which offers a regular link
                                                                                                                              o   Seek to provide a bus stop within 500m of all buildings with a
                      to Shannon town centre and Limerick. This will be achieved by
                                                                                                                                  frequent service of 15min intervals at peak times (defined as
                      implementing the following process:
                                                                                                                                  07.30-10.00 and 17.00-19.00) between SFZ and Limerick.
                          o   Seek to provide a bus stop within 500m of all buildings with a
                              frequent service of 15min intervals at peak times (defined as
                              07.30-10.00 and 17.00-19.00) between SFZ and Limerick.




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Objective   2.3   To encourage and enable the use of public transport.                               Objective   2.5   To develop a transport strategy that meets the growing needs of the SFZ
Question    (c)   What will be the furthest distance any workers will have to walk or cycle within                     development.
                  the SFZ to access a frequent bus service which offers a regular link to            Question    (a)   How will car parking be provided to meet the growing number of car users
                  Shannon town centre and Limerick?                                                                    whilst also encouraging greater use of alternatives?
Benchmark                                                                                            Benchmark
        Good      Bus stop within 500m of all buildings with a frequent service of 30min intervals           Good      Study carried out to identify a suitable level of provision of car parking spaces,
                  at peak times (defined as 07.30-10.00 and 17.00-19.00) between SFZ and                               whilst also considering a greater uptake of alternative modes of transport to
                  Limerick.                                                                                            reduce car parking needs.
     Very Good    Bus stop within 500m of all buildings with a frequent service of 15min intervals        Very Good    Good PLUS a clear car parking strategy devised that addresses the provision
                  at peak times (defined as 07.30-10.00 and 17.00-19.00) between SFZ and                               of car parking over the short and longer term, and demonstrates a clear
                  Limerick.                                                                                            prioritisation of the transport hierarchy in favour of other modes. PLUS
      Excellent   Bus stop within 500m of all buildings with a frequent service of 30 min                              Parking strategy should limit the effect that cars have on visual amenity eg
                  intervals throughout the day (07.30 - 22.00) and 15 min intervals at peak                            through use of courtyards, and natural screening etc.
                  times (07.30-10.00 and 17.00-19.00).                                                     Excellent   Very Good PLUS provision of alternate transport such as community buses,
  Commitment      Objective T3                                                                                         car clubs, car pooling spaces, car share infrastructure and taxi ranks.
 in Masterplan                                                                                         Commitment      Objective T4
                  To encourage and enable the use of public transport.
                                                                                                      in Masterplan
                                                                                                                       To develop a transport strategy that meets the growing needs of the SFZ
                  Shannon development will facilitate a modal shift in transport patterns within
                                                                                                                       development.
                  an existing or proposed transport corridor by undertaking the following
                  techniques:                                                                                          Through the Masterplan Shannon Development aim to ensure car parking will
                                                                                                                       meet the growing number of car users whilst also encouraging greater use of
                  •   Seek to ensure that Shannon Free Zone will be served by a public                                 alternatives This will be achieved using the following measures:
                      transport service with sufficient capacity to meet the anticipated demands
                      of the proposed development.                                                                     •   Conducting a study to identify a suitable level of provision of car parking
                                                                                                                           spaces, whilst also considering a greater uptake of alternative modes of
                  •   Taking into consideration how new users will access these services as                                transport to reduce car parking needs.
                      part of the Masterplan with safe and direct walking and cycling routes to
                      all major public transport nodes.                                                                •   Devising a clear car parking strategy that addresses the provision of car
                                                                                                                           parking over the short and longer term, and demonstrates a clear
                  •   Provision of information on public transport timetables in all communal                              prioritisation of the transport hierarchy in favour of other modes. In
                      buildings and on the business park intranet.                                                         addition, the parking strategy should limit the effect that cars have on
                  •   Provision of covered bus shelters with timetable information maintained.                             visual amenity e.g. through use of courtyards, and natural screening etc.
                  •   Calculation of the furthest distance any workers will have to walk or cycle                      •   Provision of alternate transport options such as community buses, car
                      within the SFZ to access a frequent bus service which offers a regular link                          clubs, and car pooling spaces, car share infrastructure and taxi ranks.
                      to Shannon town centre and Limerick. This will be achieved by                                    •   Development and implementation of a traffic management plan to
                      implementing the following process:                                                                  encourage the safe passage of vehicles through the development;
                          o   Seek to provide a bus stop within 500m of all buildings with a                               including HGV/delivery vehicles at an appropriate speed. A speed limit of
                              frequent service of 15min intervals at peak times (defined as                                35kph will be implemented around key pedestrian hubs.
                              07.30-10.00 and 17.00-19.00) between SFZ and Limerick.




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Objective   2.5   To develop a transport strategy that meets the growing needs of the SFZ           Objective   2.6   To reduce dependency on private car ownership and use.
                  development.                                                                      Question          What steps have Shannon Development taken to establish car share club
Question    (b)   Will Shannon Development develop and adopt a traffic management plan in                             across the SFZ?
                  place which encourages the safe passage of vehicles through the                   Benchmark
                  development, including HGV/delivery vehicles at an appropriate speed?                     Good      Car share website established for the SFZ to enable workers on the site to
Benchmark                                                                                                             link up with a suitable car share partner.
        Good      Integrated Movement and Transport Strategy prepared in conjunction Clare               Very Good    Good PLUS designated car share spaces located across the site, which are
                  County Council and the National Roads Authority.                                                    located closer to building entrances than normal parking spaces.
     Very Good    Design strategies for major routes, and a design speed of 35kph around key              Excellent   Very Good PLUS a formal car pool established and managed by either
                  pedestrian hubs.                                                                                    Shannon Development or a third party with funding identified to financially
      Excellent   Shared road surfaces and equal access for all users (incl. cyclists and                             support the car pool over the first three years.
                  pedestrians).                                                                       Commitment      Objective T5
  Commitment      Objective T4                                                                       in Masterplan
                                                                                                                      To reduce dependency on private car ownership and use.
 in Masterplan
                  To develop a transport strategy that meets the growing needs of the SFZ
                                                                                                                      Shannon Development will undertake the following steps to establish a car
                  development.
                                                                                                                      share club across the SFZ
                  Through the Masterplan Shannon Development aim to ensure car parking will
                  meet the growing number of car users whilst also encouraging greater use of                         •   Promote the establishment of a Car Share website for the SFZ to enable
                  alternatives This will be achieved using the following measures:                                        workers on the site to link up with a suitable car share partner.

                  •   Conducting a study to identify a suitable level of provision of car parking                     •   Designate car share spaces to be located across the site. These car
                      spaces, whilst also considering a greater uptake of alternative modes of                            share spaces will be located closer to building entrances than normal
                      transport to reduce car parking needs.                                                              parking spaces.

                  •   Devising a clear car parking strategy that addresses the provision of car
                      parking over the short and longer term, and demonstrates a clear
                      prioritisation of the transport hierarchy in favour of other modes. In
                      addition, the parking strategy should limit the effect that cars have on
                      visual amenity e.g. through use of courtyards, and natural screening etc.
                  •   Provision of alternate transport options such as community buses, car
                      clubs, and car pooling spaces, car share infrastructure and taxi ranks.
                                                                                                    Objective   2.7   To promote the use of virtual communications as an alternative to transport
                  •   Development and implementation of a traffic management plan to
                                                                                                                      where possible.
                      encourage the safe passage of vehicles through the development;
                                                                                                    Question          Will Shannon Development install a virtual communications infrastructure
                      including HGV/delivery vehicles at an appropriate speed. A speed limit of
                                                                                                                      across the site serving all existing and future new buildings?
                      35kph will be implemented around key pedestrian hubs.
                                                                                                    Benchmark
                                                                                                             Good     Broadband throughout (0.5 mb minimum).
                                                                                                        Very Good     Fibre network throughout.
                                                                                                         Excellent    Fibre Network throughout, with video conferencing facilities available for all
                                                                                                                      users to access and a community wi-fi network.
                                                                                                      Commitment      Objective T6
                                                                                                     in Masterplan
                                                                                                                      To promote the use of virtual communications as an alternative to
                                                                                                                      transport where possible.
                                                                                                                      Shannon Development will oversee the installation of a virtual
                                                                                                                      communications infrastructure across the site serving all existing and future
                                                                                                                      new buildings. This will be in the form of a fibre network.




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Objective   2.8   To understand the traffic implications of the new development and implement       Objective   2.9   To monitor travel patterns and encourage more sustainable transport.
                  measures to mitigate these.                                                       Question          Has Shannon Development carried out a travel survey to determine the travel
Question    (a)   Has Shannon Development carried out a traffic impact assessment for the                             patterns of people working at and commuting to the development?
                  whole development and incorporated measures into the master plan and
                  developer specifications to mitigate against any adverse impacts caused?                            Has an audit been carried out to determine the travel patterns associated with
                                                                                                                      business travel, visitors and deliveries?
                  Such options include changing surrounding road layouts, setting up car clubs      Benchmark
                  and car share facilities and developing work place travel plans to ensure that            Good      Survey of existing business travel patterns (time, frequency and distance) to
                  at each stage of the Masterplan the travel requirements of the SFZ are met.                         and from the site has been carried out and used to inform traffic impact
Benchmark                                                                                                             assessment.
        Good      Impacts have been fully assessed and Shannon Development can                           Very Good    Good PLUS a survey of local residents is carried out to determine their
                  demonstrate that the whole development will not exacerbate road congestion;                         current travel patterns and identify facilities that would encourage them to
                  cause safety problems with other route users or harm to the quality of the                          enter SFZ.
                  local environment. PLUS mitigation of the impacts of the development is                 Excellent   Very Good PLUS this information is used to develop site facilities and
                  planned into the design through the provision of infrastructure, amenity or                         approach local bus companies to offer potential new services.
                  services which will be of community benefit.                                        Commitment      Objective T8
     Very Good    Good PLUS a requirement in the developer specifications to require them to         in Masterplan
                  provide information to occupants regarding transport options on the site,                           To monitor travel patterns and encourage more sustainable transport.
                  including provision of advice on establishing work place travel plans.                              As part of the traffic impact assessment, Shannon Development will carry out
      Excellent   No benchmark set                                                                                    a travel survey to determine the travel patterns of people working at and
  Commitment      Objective T7                                                                                        commuting to the SFZ. Shannon Development will carry out an audit to
 in Masterplan                                                                                                        determine the travel patterns associated with business travel, visitors and
                  To understand the traffic implications of the new development and
                                                                                                                      deliveries. The following measures will be undertaken:
                  implement measures to mitigate these.
                  During the early stages of implementing the SFZ Masterplan, Shannon                                 •   Carry out a survey of existing business travel patterns (time, frequency
                  Development will carry out a traffic impact assessment for the whole                                    and distance) to and from the site and use this information to inform traffic
                  development and incorporate measures to mitigate against any adverse                                    impact assessment.
                  impacts caused. Such options include changing surrounding road layouts,                             •   Use this information to increase site facilities and approach local bus
                  setting up car clubs and car share facilities and developing work place travel                          companies to offer potential new services.
                  plans to ensure that at each stage of the Masterplan implementation, the
                  travel requirements of the SFZ are met. The measures which will be taken will
                  include:
                          •   Fully assess the impacts and demonstrate that the whole
                              development will not exacerbate road congestion; cause safety
                              problems with other route users or harm to the quality of the local
                              environment. In addition, mitigation of the impacts of the
                              development will be incorporated into the design through the
                              provision of infrastructure, amenity or services which will be of
                              community benefit.
                          •   Provide information to occupants regarding transport options on
                              the site, including provision of advice on establishing work place
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                                                                                                                               be located to the front of the building since these offer greater potential for
Placemaking                                                                                                                    active surveillance.

Objective   3.2   To create a business park and/or individual zones with a clear identity that is        Objective   3.3   To ensure access to high quality public green space for all in order to promote
                  easy to understand and navigate whilst ensuring that the development of                                  outdoor recreation, health and community interaction within a planned
                  premises is undertaken with a view to their potential impact on orientation,                             network of multifunctional public green spaces.
                  legibility and safety.                                                                 Question          Is provision made within the landscaping strategy for high quality public green
Question          Will the development provide a stronger identity to the area as a whole and/or                           space that meets the needs of employees and visitors to the development?
                  individual zones through the design and location of buildings on plots and the         Benchmark
                  creation of new spaces which will promote a business park identity and be                      Good      Green space meets the anticipated needs of those using the development
                  easy for users to understand and orientate themselves in?                                                and contributes to meeting existing quantitative and qualitative deficiencies in
Benchmark                                                                                                                  the locality. Outdoor furniture has been provided at each business unit for
        Good      Strong identity provided to the development and its individual zones with clear                          employees to eat and spend time outside.
                  signage for all users. Plots should have clearly defined boundaries and                     Very Good    100% of buildings are within 500m of designated public green space that
                  entrances, avoiding ambiguity in relationship between private and public                                 meets the minimum requirements as set out in the SFZ Masterplan.
                  space.                                                                                       Excellent   Very Good PLUS with a network of cycle / walking / running paths around the
     Very Good    Good PLUS consideration given to the design of site entrances to act as                                  site. These paths need to be safe (overlooked and well lit), the appropriate
                  gateways and landmarks on site to help orientate users, use of corner                                    length for lunchtime use and design for trips of various lengths.
                  buildings and building lines to help orientate users, and application of a               Commitment      Objective P2
                  surface treatments to emphasise nodes. Buildings sitting toward the front of            in Masterplan
                  the plot with more visually intrusive industrial activities or large areas of car                        To ensure access to high quality public green space for all in order to
                  parking located toward the rear and sides.                                                               promote outdoor recreation, health and community interaction within a
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS commitment for Detailed Design Codes to address all                                       planned network of multifunctional public green spaces.
                  legibility issues within the business context. Buildings orientated to address                           Shannon Development will implement provisions within the landscaping
                  the road / public realm. Where buildings accommodate offices, these should                               strategy for high quality public green space that meets the needs of
                  be located to the front of the building since these offer greater potential for                          employees and visitors to the park. The following measures will be
                  active surveillance.                                                                                     undertaken:
  Commitment      Objective P1
 in Masterplan                                                                                                             •   Ensure that 100% of buildings are within 500m of designated public green
                  To create a business park and/or individual zones with a clear identity                                      space.
                  that is easy to understand and navigate whilst ensuring that the
                  development of premises is undertaken with a view to their potential                                     •   Facilitate a network of cycle / walking / running paths around the site.
                  impact on orientation, legibility and safety.                                                                These paths will need to be safe (overlooked and well lit), the appropriate
                                                                                                                               length for lunchtime use and design for trips of various lengths.
                  Shannon Development aim to provide a stronger identity to the area as a
                  whole and/or individual zones through the design and location of buildings on
                  plots and the creation of new spaces which will promote a business park                Objective  3.4    To encourage the integration of public art into the design of the development.
                  identity and be easy for users to understand and orientate themselves in. The          Question          To what extent is the use of public art incorporated into the development?
                  following measures will be undertaken:                                                 Benchmark
                                                                                                                   Good    The local business community is involved in identifying potential pieces of
                  •   Shannon Free Zone will be provided with a strong identity and its                                    public works of art for the development.
                      individual zones identified with clear signage for all users. Plots will clearly
                                                                                                              Very Good    Potential artists are involved early in the design process to help identify sites
                      define boundaries and entrances, avoiding ambiguity in relationship
                                                                                                                           for the works and to develop concepts to assist in the development of a sense
                      between private and public space.
                                                                                                                           of place for the new business community.
                  •    Consideration will be given to the design of site entrances to act as                   Excellent   Very Good PLUS 1% of the developments project capital budget is spent on
                      gateways and landmarks on site to help orientate users, use of corner                                the development and provision of public works of art.
                      buildings and building lines will help orientate users, and application of a         Commitment      Objective P3
                      surface treatment will emphasise nodes. Buildings sitting toward the front          in Masterplan
                                                                                                                           To encourage the integration of public art into the design of the
                      of the plot with more visually intrusive industrial activities or large areas of
                                                                                                                           development.
                      car parking will be located toward the rear and sides.
                                                                                                                           Shannon Development will facilitate the use of public art in the development
                  •   Ensure that Detailed Design Codes will address all legibility issues within
                                                                                                                           by ensuring that the local business community are involved in identifying
                      the business context. Buildings will be orientated to address the road /                             potential pieces of public works of art for the development.
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Objective   3.5   To create individual zones with a clear identity that are easy to understand
                  and navigate.                                                                    Objective   3.6   To develop a consistent appearance across the development in order to
Question          Will Shannon Development make each zone within the SFZ distinguishable                             provide a sense of place / site identity.
                  and use signage across the development that details locations and walking        Question          What attempts have been made in the Building Design Code to ensure a
                  times to each location?                                                                            consistent and identifiable design styles across the development?
Benchmark                                                                                          Benchmark
        Good      Each zone has clearly defined boundaries, with signs notifying people when               Good      A consistent Park 'brand' consisting of a limited palette of colours and
                  they enter and exit zones. There is a site wide signage plan.                                      materials to be used throughout the Park in landscaping and all signage.
     Very Good    Good PLUS signage features a clearly defined colour scheme. Walk and                  Very Good    Good PLUS with the palette of colours and materials being chosen to be
                  cycle times are provided on signage.                                                               consistent with the local vernacular and surrounding landscape.
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS boundary planting schemes designed by an ecologist or                   Excellent   Very Good PLUS with the developed 'brand' using high-quality sustainable
                  landscape architect to distinguish site zones.                                                     materials.
  Commitment      Objective P4                                                                       Commitment      Objective P5
 in Masterplan                                                                                      in Masterplan
                  To create individual zones with a clear identity that is easy to                                   To develop a consistent appearance across the development in order to
                  understand and navigate.                                                                           provide a sense of place / site identity.
                  Shannon Development will make each zone within the SFZ distinguishable                             Shannon Development will assign a Building Design Code to ensure a
                  and use signage across the development that details locations and walking                          consistent and identifiable design styles across the development. The
                  times to each location. These measures will include:                                               following measures will be undertaken:
                  •   Ensuring that each zone will have clearly defined boundaries, with signs                       •   Ensure that a consistent Park 'brand' consisting of a limited palette of
                      notifying people when they enter and exit zones. There will be a site wide                         colours and materials will be used throughout the Park in landscaping and
                      signage plan.                                                                                      all signage.
                  •   Implementation of signage features, a clearly defined colour scheme.                           •   Ensure that the palette of colours and materials being chosen will be
                      Walk and cycle times will be provided on signage.                                                  consistent with the local vernacular and surrounding landscape.
                  •   Putting into place boundary planting schemes designed by an ecologist or                       •   Provision of a developed 'brand' using high-quality sustainable materials
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Objective   3.7   To minimise site noise.                                                          Objective   3.8   To ensure that visitors to Shannon Airport and the surrounding areas get a
Question          How has site noise been addressed in the Masterplan, taking into                                   strong sense of arrival into the Shannon Free Zone.
                  consideration the following factors?                                             Question          How have key entrance points of the Shannon Free Zone been developed in
                                                                                                                     a way that make a strong design statement and create a sense of arrival into
                  A) The development in its construction and use will not:                                           the site from key access roads?
                        • Result in unreasonable constraints upon the development of airports      Benchmark
                  and major industry;                                                                      Good      New entrance created to Shannon Free Zone West (from the airport side) that
                        • Result in unacceptable level of disturbance to local residents;                            includes key focal ‘sustainable’ buildings, a strong sense of brand, and hard
                        • Result in an unacceptable levels of disturbance to farm live stock and                     and soft landscaping.
                  wildlife;                                                                             Very Good    Good PLUS new entrances created at all key strategic access points into the
                        • Conflict with the enjoyment of areas used for informal recreation.                         Shannon Free Zone, including Shannon Free Zone East.
                  B) Consultation with an acoustics expert in the Masterplan                             Excellent   Very Good PLUS the provision of advertising on roadways and signage
                  C) Location and orientation of buildings to minimise the effects of noise                          throughout the Shannon area and major access routes into the region.
                  generated from any one business that could impact on other businesses              Commitment      Objective P7
                  within the SFZ                                                                    in Masterplan
                  D) Use of soft surfaces incorporated around the site and on the boundary of                        To ensure that visitors to Shannon Airport and the surrounding areas
                  the airport to reduce the impacts of noise.                                                        get a strong sense of arrival into the Shannon Free Zone
Benchmark                                                                                                            Shannon Development will work to develop key entrance points of the
          Good    A                                                                                                  Shannon Free Zone so to make a strong design statement and create a
     Very Good    A and B                                                                                            sense of arrival into the site from key access roads. This will be achieved by:
      Excellent   A–D
  Commitment      Objective P6                                                                                       •   Facilitate the creation of a new entrance to Shannon Free Zone West
 in Masterplan                                                                                                           (from the airport side) that includes key focal ‘sustainable’ buildings, a
                  To minimise site noise.                                                                                strong sense of brand, and hard and soft landscaping.
                  Shannon Development aim to address site noise in the implementation of the                         •   Facilitate the creation of a new entrance at all key strategic access points
                  Masterplan, and the following factors will be implemented:                                             into the Shannon Free Zone, including Shannon Free Zone East.
                  •   Construction works will be managed such that it will not:                                      •   Advertising on roadways and signage will be provisioned throughout the
                          o   Result in unreasonable constraints upon neighbouring                                       Shannon area and major access routes into the region will be
                              businesses and industry;                                                                   implemented.

                          o   Result in unacceptable level of disturbance to local residents;
                          o   Result in an unacceptable levels of disturbance to farm live stock
                              and wildlife;
                          o   Conflict with the enjoyment of areas used for informal recreation.
                  •   An acoustics expect has advised on the spatial layout of the plan as
                      presented in this document. An acoustics expert will also be retained
                      during the implementation phases to ensure that potential construction
                      and operational noise is minimised.
                  •   Location and orientation of the buildings have been Masterplanned so as
                      to minimise the effects of noise generated from any one business that
                      could impact on other businesses within the SFZ.
                  •   The landscape design, as set out in this Masterplan, incorporates the use
                      of soft surfaces around the site and on the boundary of the airport to
                      reduce the impacts of noise. This will be carried trough into the
                      implementation phases.




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Objective   3.9   Enhance existing SUD systems across the development to provide key                Objective   3.10   To ensure workers have a sense of ownership over individual areas.
                  recreational space as part of the public realm.                                   Question           Are community spaces located central to individual zones to ensure public
Question          How will Shannon Development incorporate and enhance the existing water                              interaction, and are services located in this area to ensure workers can
                  ways (catchment drains) into the new Masterplan to create new public space                           access them in an efficient manner?
                  for workers to enjoy?                                                             Benchmark
Benchmark                                                                                                      Good    Public space is provided around retail and recreation areas.
        Good      SUD systems designed in an attractive manner to add to the visual amenity of            Very Good    Good PLUS pedestrian routes through public space follow natural desire
                  the development                                                                                      lines between destinations and create links with the surrounding area.
     Very Good    Good PLUS the provision of infrastructure and features to enable people to               Excellent   Very Good PLUS the provision of streetscape furniture that is designed for
                  utilise these spaces for recreational use (paths, hard/soft, landscaping,                            easy cleaning to minimise graffitti and vandalism so that spaces can be
                  benches, and tables etc).                                                                            utilised.
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS the provision of signage and close proximity to shops               Commitment in     Objective P9
                  (400m) to ensure this public space can be utilised in the summer months             Masterplan
                  during lunchtimes.                                                                                   To ensure workers have a sense of ownership over individual areas.
  Commitment      Objective P8                                                                                         Through the Masterplan, Shannon Development aim to locate community
 in Masterplan                                                                                                         spaces central to individual zones to ensure public interaction. Amenity
                  Enhance existing SUD systems across the development to provide key
                                                                                                                       services will be located in these areas to ensure workers can access them in
                  recreational space as part of the public realm.
                                                                                                                       an efficient manner. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
                  Shannon Development will incorporate and enhance the existing water ways
                  (catchment drains) into the new Masterplan to create new public space for                            •   Provision of public space around retail and recreation areas.
                  workers to enjoy. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:                            •   Provision of pedestrian routes through public space which follow natural
                  •   Designing SUD systems in an attractive manner to add to the visual                                   desire lines between destinations and create links with the surrounding
                      amenity of the development.                                                                          area.

                  •   Provision of infrastructure and features for people to utilise these spaces                      •   Design of streetscape furniture for easy cleaning to minimise graffitti and
                      for recreational use (paths, hard/soft, landscaping, benches, and tables                             vandalism so that spaces can be utilised.
                      etc).
                  •   Provision of signage and close proximity to shops (400m) to ensure that
                      the public space can be utilised in the summer months during lunchtimes.




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Objective   3.11   Ensure that the Masterplan is future proofed.
Question           What measures have been incorporated in the Masterplan to ensure that
                   future development does not have a negative impact on the local community
                   and countryside over the longer term?
Benchmark
           Good    Green protected buffer zones are located within the perimeter of the SFZ.
      Very Good    Good PLUS the Masterplan incorporates a strategy for all infrastructure
                   provision across the SFZ to meet the immediate and future needs of
                   businesses in the SFZ.
       Excellent   Very Good PLUS a commitment to assess the impact of the new
                   development and future demand over the longer term and make
                   amendments to the Masterplan where necessary.
 Commitment in     Objective P10
  Masterplan
                   Ensure that the Masterplan is future proofed.
                   Shannon Development will incorporate measures in the implementation of
                   the Masterplan to ensure that future development does not have a negative
                   impact on the local community and countryside over the longer term. This
                   will be achieved by taking the following steps:
                   •   Locating green protected buffer zones within the perimeter of the SFZ.
                   •   Implementing a strategy for all infrastructure provision across the SFZ to
                       meet the immediate and future needs of businesses in the SFZ.
                   •   Commitment to assess the impact of the new development and future
                       demand over the longer term and making amendments to the
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Resources                                                                                           Objective   4.3   To ensure all buildings already in existence on the site are duly considered for
                                                                                                                      refurbishment in preference to demolition.
                                                                                                    Question          To what extent are existing buildings on site individually assessed by a
Objective   4.1   To ensure the most effective and efficient use of land by applying a sequential
                                                                                                                      qualified expert for fitness of purpose and opportunities for refurbishment?
                  approach.
                                                                                                    Benchmark
Question          What percentage of the redeveloped area is Brownfield and in need of
                  remediation?                                                                              Good      All buildings have a structural and internal environments survey which is used
                                                                                                                      to inform the decision for refurbishment.
Benchmark
                                                                                                         Very Good    Good PLUS an energy and water services survey is carried out which is used
          Good    ≥ 25%
                                                                                                                      to inform the extent of the refurbishment of the building.
     Very Good    ≥ 50%
                                                                                                          Excellent   Very Good PLUS 'Design for Deconstruction' principles are applied ensuring
      Excellent   ≥ 75%
                                                                                                                      that refurbished buildings are flexible and facilitate any future upgrades and/or
  Commitment      Objective R1
                                                                                                                      change in use.
 in Masterplan
                  To ensure the most effective and efficient use of land by applying a                Commitment      Objective R3
                  sequential approach.                                                               in Masterplan
                                                                                                                      To ensure all buildings already in existence on the site are duly
                  Shannon Development are aiming to redevelop and remediate over 50% of                               considered for refurbishment in preference to demolition.
                  Brownfield land
                                                                                                                      Existing buildings on site will individually be assessed by a qualified expert for
                                                                                                                      fitness of purpose and opportunities for refurbishment. This will be achieved
                                                                                                                      by:
                                                                                                                      •   Ensuring that all buildings undergo a structural and internal environments
                                                                                                                          survey to inform the decision for refurbishment.
Objective   4.2   To remediate land in the most environmentally sensitive way available.
Question          To what extent will Shannon Development ensure the land within the SFZ is
                  investigated for contamination and remediated to ensure the site is, and will
                  remain, safe for future users?
Benchmark
        Good      A site contamination assessment is carried out by a qualified person with         Objective   4.4   To ensure that where buildings are demolished that aggregates and building
                  decontamination carried out on site with no contaminated substances leaving                         materials are diverted from landfill.
                  the site as a result of the remediation process.                                  Question    (a)   What percentage of aggregates from the demolition of previous site structures
     Very Good    Good PLUS contaminants are dealt using natural (energy, water and material                          will Shannon Development require be retained on site for reuse in the new
                  free) processes where available and no materials contaminated or clean leave                        development?
                  the site for landfill.                                                            Benchmark
      Excellent   No benchmark set                                                                          Good      Pre-demolition audit undertaken by a qualified auditor, with 50% of
  Commitment      Objective R2                                                                                        aggregates retained and reused in the new development.
 in Masterplan                                                                                           Very Good    Good PLUS 75% of aggregates retained and reused in the new development.
                  To remediate land in the most environmentally sensitive way available.
                                                                                                          Excellent   Good PLUS 100% of aggregates retained and reused in the new
                  Prior to redevelopment, Shannon Development will ensure the land within the                         development.
                  SFZ is investigated for contamination and remediated to ensure the site is,         Commitment      Objective R4
                  and will remain, safe for future users. This will be achieved by taking the        in Masterplan
                                                                                                                      To ensure that where buildings are demolished that aggregates and
                  following steps:
                                                                                                                      building materials are diverted from landfill.
                  •   By carrying out a site contamination assessment by a qualified person.
                                                                                                                      Shannon Development will set targets for the retention of a percentage of
                  •   By dealing with contaminants using natural (energy, water and material                          aggregates and building materials from the demolition of existing site
                      free) processes, where viable, so as to minimise materials contaminated                         structures for reuse in the new development. This will be achieved by:
                      or clean leaving the site for landfill.
                                                                                                                      •   Undertaking a pre-demolition audit by a qualified auditor, with a target of
                                                                                                                          50% of aggregates to be retained and reused in the new development.
                                                                                                                      •   Undertaking a pre-demolition audit by a qualified auditor, with a target of
                                                                                                                          50% of building materials (including metals and timber) to be diverted
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Objective    4.4   To ensure that where buildings are demolished that aggregates and building
                   materials are diverted from landfill.
Question     (b)   What percentage of previous building materials, including metals and timber
                   will Shannon Development divert from landfill?

                   Note: This can be from providing a central location for collection, sort and
                   store of demolition waste for re-use by all developers on site, or to send to
                   local reclaim organisations or through a contractual requirement with all
                   developers to divert the relevant % from landfill to either re-use on site or
                   send to reclaim companies.
Benchmark
            Good   Pre-demolition audit undertaken by a qualified auditor, with 50% of building
                   materials diverted from landfill.
    Very Good      Good PLUS 65% of building materials diverted from landfill.
     Excellent     Good PLUS 85% of building materials diverted from landfill.
 Commitment in     Objective R4
  Masterplan
                   To ensure that where buildings are demolished that aggregates and
                   building materials are diverted from landfill.
                   Shannon Development will set targets for the retention of a percentage of
                   aggregates and building materials from the demolition of existing site
                   structures for reuse in the new development. This will be achieved by:
                   •   Undertaking a pre-demolition audit by a qualified auditor, with a target of
                       50% of aggregates to be retained and reused in the new development.
                   •   Undertaking a pre-demolition audit by a qualified auditor, with a target of
                       50% of building materials (including metals and timber) to be diverted
                       from landfill.




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Ecology                                                                                                 Objective   5.1   To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site and
                                                                                                                          protect existing natural habitats.
                                                                                                        Question    (c)   Will Shannon Development create any new wildlife corridors to link habitats
Objective   5.1   To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site and
                                                                                                                          within the site or link to habitats outside the development?
                  protect existing natural habitats.
                                                                                                        Benchmark
Question    (a)   Will Shannon Development employ a qualified ecologist to carry out a full
                  ecological survey to examine habitats in and around the site and migration                    Good      Qualified ecologist to identify what features on site are currently acting as
                  routes across the site?                                                                                 wildlife corridors and to demonstrate in plans that these are maintained and
                                                                                                                          enhanced.
Benchmark
                                                                                                             Very Good    Provision of cover at site boundaries to allow wildlife to move around the
        Good      Survey completed and a mitigations/harm avoidance strategy is in place. Any
                                                                                                                          periphery of the development.
                  loss of habitat or species on the Shannon Free Zone are to be offset by
                  provision of an alternative habitat off site of at least equivalent wildlife value.         Excellent   Very Good PLUS the provision of a corridor to link the Shannon Free Zone
                                                                                                                          West and East (if advised by a qualified ecologist).
     Very Good    Good PLUS no loss of habitat or species identified in ecological survey.
                                                                                                          Commitment      Objective E1
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS with strategy for enhancements.
                                                                                                         in Masterplan
  Commitment      Objective E1                                                                                            To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site
 in Masterplan                                                                                                            and protect existing natural habitats.
                  To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site
                  and protect existing natural habitats.                                                                  Shannon Development will employ a qualified ecologist to carry out a full
                                                                                                                          ecological survey to examine habitats in and around the site and migration
                  Shannon Development will employ a qualified ecologist to carry out a full
                                                                                                                          routes across the site. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
                  ecological survey to examine habitats in and around the site and migration
                  routes across the site. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:                         •   Completing a survey and putting a mitigations/harm avoidance strategy
                                                                                                                              put in place. Any loss of habitat or species on the Shannon Free Zone will
                  •   Completing a survey and putting a mitigations/harm avoidance strategy
                                                                                                                              be offset by provision of an alternative habitat off site of at least
                      put in place. Any loss of habitat or species on the Shannon Free Zone will
                                                                                                                              equivalent wildlife value.
                      be offset by provision of an alternative habitat off site of at least
                      equivalent wildlife value.                                                                          •   Ensuring that no loss of habitat or species are identified in the ecological
                                                                                                                              survey.
                  •   Ensuring that no loss of habitat or species are identified in the ecological
                      survey.                                                                                             •   Implement a strategy for enhancements including the creation of new
                                                                                                                              wildlife corridors to link habitats within the site or link to habitats outside
                  •   Implement a strategy for enhancements including the creation of new
                                                                                                                              the development. This will be achieved by :
                      wildlife corridors to link habitats within the site or link to habitats outside
                      the development. This will be achieved by :                                                                 o   Providing cover at site boundaries which will allow wildlife to
                                                                                                                                      move around the periphery of the development.
                          o    Providing cover at site boundaries which will allow wildlife to
                               move around the periphery of the development.

                                                                                                        Objective   5.2   To ensure that sufficient trees and shrubs that are specified contribute to the
                                                                                                                          ecological enhancement of the site.
                                                                                                        Question          What is the percentage increase in cover of locally occurring native trees,
                                                                                                                          shrubs and grasses within communal and boundary areas over what currently
                                                                                                                          exists?
                                                                                                        Benchmark
                                                                                                                  Good    5%
                                                                                                             Very Good    10%
                                                                                                              Excellent   15%
                                                                                                          Commitment      Objective E2
                                                                                                         in Masterplan
                                                                                                                          To ensure that sufficient trees and shrubs that are specified contribute
                                                                                                                          to the ecological enhancement of the site.
                                                                                                                          Shannon Development aim to allocate a 10% increase in cover of locally
                                                                                                                          occurring native trees, shrubs and grasses within communal and boundary
                                                                                                                          areas over what currently exists.




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Objective   5.3    To ensure that the overall planting scheme is robust enough to survive any        Objective   5.4   To reduce potential for ground and water pollution.
                   predicted impacts of climate change through its life span.                        Question          Will Shannon Development ensure on site treatment such as oil
Question    (a)    Will Shannon Development specify a planting scheme resistant to the                                 separators/interceptors or filtration has been specified for areas at risk from
                   predicted impacts of climate change i.e. - higher quantities of UV light,                           pollution and the necessary water supply, waste water treatment / disposal
                   drought resistant, copes with extremes of temperature, wind resistant?                              and waste water infrastructure are secured to avoid unacceptable damage to
Benchmark                                                                                                              the water environment?
         Good      Designed by ecologist or landscape architect.
    Very Good      Designed by ecologist and landscape architect and use of indigenous                                 Areas at risk from pollution: i.e. vehicle manoeuvring areas, car parks, waste
                   species.                                                                                            disposal facilities, delivery facilities or plant areas.
      Excellent    Very Good PLUS long term maintenance regime established for maintenance           Benchmark
                   of all shared landscaped areas.                                                           Good      Infrastructure capacity demonstrated to meet water quality and service
  Commitment       Objective E3                                                                                        requirements of the Local Authority without compromising existing water
 in Masterplan                                                                                                         systems though extraction or disposal. Adequate on site treatment facilities
                   To ensure that the overall planting scheme is robust enough to survive                              are in place for all areas at risk from pollution.
                   any predicted impacts of climate change through its life span.                         Very Good    Good PLUS all activity on site is carried out within agreed procedures set out
                   Shannon Development will specify a planting scheme resistant to the                                 to protect Ground water and the Shannon estuary.
                   predicted impacts of climate change i.e. higher quantities of UV light, drought         Excellent   Very Good PLUS development allows for future development without any
                   resistant, copes with extremes of temperature, wind resistant. This will be                         adverse effect on the water environment by the use of innovative design e.g.
                   achieved by taking the following measures:                                                          the use of reed beds for waste water treatment with enough space for an
                                                                                                                       extension to the reed bed.
                  cheme designed by ecologist and landscape architect and use of indigenous            Commitment      Objective E4
                                                                                                      in Masterplan
                                                                                                                       To reduce potential for ground and water pollution.
                    Establishing a long term maintenance regime for maintenance of all shared
                    landscaped areas.                                                                                  Shannon Development will ensure on site treatment such as oil
                                                                                                                       separators/interceptors or filtration have been specified for areas at risk from
                                                                                                                       pollution and the necessary water supply, waste water treatment / disposal
                                                                                                                       and waste water infrastructure will be secured to avoid unacceptable damage
                                                                                                                       to the water environment. Areas at risk from pollution are vehicle manoeuvring
                                                                                                                       areas, car parks, waste disposal facilities, delivery facilities or plant areas.
                                                                                                                       This will be achieved by:
                                                                                                                       •   Ensuring that infrastructure capacity will meet water quality and service
                                                                                                                           requirements of the Local Authority without compromising existing water
                                                                                                                           systems though extraction or disposal. Adequate on site treatment
                                                                                                                           facilities will be set in place for all areas at risk from pollution.
                                                                                                                       •   Ensuring that all activity on site will be carried out within agreed
                                                                                                                           procedures set out to protect ground water and the Shannon Estuary.




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Community                                                                                          Objective   6.2   To encourage the local and business community to get involved in the design
                                                                                                                     of the development to ensure their needs, ideas and knowledge are taken into
                                                                                                                     account to improve its quality and acceptability.
Objective   6.1   To avoid detrimental effects upon the surrounding community and highlight
                                                                                                   Question          Will Shannon Development actively involve the business community and
                  issues that the development must address.
                                                                                                                     stakeholders in the development proposal?
Question          Will Shannon Development carry out a social impact assessment to examine
                  the impact of the development on the existing community?
                                                                                                                     A. Statement of business community involvement submitted
                                                                                                                     B. Local business and residential community told about the proposal so that
                  The purpose is to identify the impacts on the existing communities
                                                                                                                     they can comment to the Development Authority (Shannon Development)
                  surrounding the development site and the existing businesses both on site
                                                                                                                     C. Local business and residential community consulted for opinions
                  and nearby. Also to identify any opportunities to improve the on-site and
                                                                                                                     D. Local business and residential community involvement in the preparation of
                  surrounding services in line with the needs identified from current, potential
                                                                                                                     the development proposal (eg through workshops or participative processes)
                  businesses and individuals.
                                                                                                                     E. Local business and residential community be involved in the direction of
                  Usually done through a series of consultations to identify current concerns
                                                                                                                     the scheme design.
                  and expectations in terms of transport and traffic, facilities for workers and
                                                                                                   Benchmark
                  local residents, employment and services such as health and security.
                                                                                                           Good      A and B, in addition all appropriate authorities have been consulted and given
Benchmark
                                                                                                                     opportunity to comment prior to the planning application being submitted.
         Good     A Social Impact Assessment is carried out.
                                                                                                        Very Good    Good PLUS C and a stakeholder analysis exercise undertaken to develop a
    Very Good     Good PLUS supplementary evidence showing how results were taken into
                                                                                                                     comprehensive list of stakeholders. The identified stakeholders are contacted
                  account.
                                                                                                                     and provided with a forum to comment on the proposed development.
      Excellent   Very good PLUS evidence showing how the outcome of the study and
                                                                                                         Excellent   Very Good PLUS D and E, in addition an open invitation to comment offered
                  measures taken were communicated back to residents in the surrounding
                                                                                                                     to all stakeholders.
                  communities.
                                                                                                     Commitment      Objective CM2
  Commitment      Objective CM1
                                                                                                    in Masterplan
 in Masterplan                                                                                                       To encourage the local and business community to get involved in the
                  To avoid detrimental effects upon the surrounding community and
                                                                                                                     design of the development to ensure their needs, ideas and knowledge
                  highlight issues that the development must address.
                                                                                                                     are taken into account to improve its quality and acceptability.
                  Prior to development commencing, Shannon Development will ensure that a
                                                                                                                     Shannon Development will actively involve the business community and
                  social impact assessment is carried out to examine the impact of the
                                                                                                                     stakeholders in the development proposal: This will be achieved by:
                  development on the existing community. This will be achieved by:
                                                                                                                     •   Ensuring that a stakeholder analysis exercise will be undertaken to
                  •   Carrying out a prescribed Social Impact Assessment as part of a Strategic
                                                                                                                         develop a comprehensive list of stakeholders. The identified stakeholders
                      Environmental Assessment (possibly in conjunction with the variation to
                                                                                                                         will be contacted and provided with a forum to comment on the proposed
                      the existing Local Area Plan)
                                                                                                                         development.
                  •   Providing supplementary evidence to show how results were taken into
                                                                                                                     •   Informing local business and residential community about the proposal so
                      account.
                                                                                                                         that they can comment to the Development Authority.
                  •   Providing evidence to show how the outcome of the study and measures
                                                                                                                     •   Consulting local business and residential community for opinions
                      taken were communicated back to residents in the surrounding
                      communities                                                                                    •   Ensuring that all appropriate authorities are consulted and given
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Objective   6.3   Add value to tenants by providing facilities and services which help to develop   Objective   6.5   To provide appropriate amenities for access by tenants and local residents.
                  a sense of identity and community ownership over the business park and            Question          Following consultation with the local business and residential community what
                  encourage intra and inter business collaboration.                                                   amenities will Shannon Development actively seek to encourage onto the
Question          What efforts will Shannon Development make to encourage and foster a                                development to serve the recreational needs of the local community?
                  sense of community amongst business tenants, and new Business to
                  Business opportunities on the site?                                                                 A: Post Office
Benchmark                                                                                                             B: Bank
        Good      Business intranet established to promote the work of all tenants on site and                        C: Shop (selling fresh local food)
                  act as a key communication portal for addressing site issues.                                       D: Leisure facilities
     Very Good    Good PLUS a body set up to establish networking opportunities and                                   E: Café
                  information sessions on a periodic basis between business tenants.                                  F: Restaurant
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS a ' business community centre' established providing a                               G: Hotel
                  communal space and information sharing area for all tenants.                                        H: Creche
  Commitment      Objective CM3                                                                                        I: Medical centre
 in Masterplan                                                                                                        J: Cycle paths
                  Add value to tenants by providing facilities and services which help to
                  develop a sense of identity and community ownership over the business                               Note: If the above amenities are not to be provided on the development the
                  park and encourage intra and inter business collaboration.                                          reasoning behind this decision, including outcomes of local consultation
                  Shannon Development will encourage and foster a sense of community                                  should be made available.
                  amongst business tenants, and new Business to Business opportunities on           Benchmark
                  the site. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:                          Good     4 from list.
                                                                                                        Very Good     5 from list.
                  •   Facilitating the establishment of a business intranet to promote the work          Excellent    6 or more from list with access to appropriate amenities provided outside of
                      of all tenants on site which will act as a key communication portal for                         traditional office hours (9-5 Mon – Fri).
                      addressing site issues.                                                         Commitment      Objective CM4
                  •   Implementing a body to establish networking opportunities and                  in Masterplan
                                                                                                                      To provide appropriate amenities for access by tenants and local
                      information sessions on a periodic basis between business tenants.                              residents.
                                                                                                                      Shannon Development will actively seek appropriate amenities to encourage
                                                                                                                      onto the development to serve the recreational needs of the local community.
                                                                                                                      This will be achieved by establishing 5 appropriate amenities from the
                                                                                                                      following list:
                                                                                                                              A: Post Office
                                                                                                                              B: Bank
                                                                                                                              C: Shop (selling fresh local food)
                                                                                                                              D: Leisure facilities
                                                                                                                              E: Café
                                                                                                                              F: Restaurant
                                                                                                                              G: Hotel
                                                                                                                              H: Crèche
                                                                                                                               I: Medical centre
                                                                                                                              J: Cycle paths




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Objective   6.6   To ensure that the park facilities are available outside traditional office hours
                  (9-5 Mon – Fri) for the use of workers and the surrounding local community.
Question          What measures are put in place to ensure that workers and local people can
                  access facilities on the business park out of office hours? These facilties to
                  include green space, pedestrian routes, cycle paths, and other amenities
                  identified in Objective 6.5.
Benchmark
        Good      A commitment is made to ensure that recreational businesses have
                  established core hours to provide facilities outside the traditional 9-5 five
                  days a week to service the local community.
     Very Good    This dual provision of service to workers and local community groups is
                  considered at the Masterplan stage to ensure access routes from both within
                  and without the park are optimised.
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS facilities to be provided are specified based on an
                  understanding of the current needs of existing employees and community
                  groups – i.e. identified through surveys and workshops.
  Commitment      Objective CM5
 in Masterplan
                  To ensure that the park facilities are available outside traditional office
                  hours (9-5 Mon – Fri) for the use of workers and the surrounding local
                  community.
                  Shannon Development will undertake measures to ensure that workers and
                  local people can access facilities on the business park out of office hours.
                  These facilities will include green space, pedestrian routes, cycle paths, and
                  other amenities identified in other objectives. This will be achieved by taking
                  the following measures:
                  •   Providing facilities based on the understanding of the current needs of
                      existing employees and community groups – i.e. will be identified
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Business                                                                                               Objective   7.2   To ensure that the new development creates additional permanent skilled
                                                                                                                         jobs.
                                                                                                       Question          What is the potential for the development to create additional permanent jobs
Objective   7.1   To ensure new business space should complement and enhance those
                                                                                                                         through new business, existing local businesses, site services or site
                  businesses already in the local area, as well as encourage new inward
                                                                                                                         maintenance?
                  investment.
                                                                                                       Benchmark
Question          Will Shannon Development ensure that new business premises
                  increase/maintain the viability of existing businesses, whilst developing priority           Good      Tenants types identified and actively encouraged that will deliver a net %
                  business sectors and actively encouraging new inward investment?                                       increase in jobs in Shannon and surrounding area.
Benchmark                                                                                                   Very Good    Good PLUS measurable increases in auxiliary jobs in the local area and an
                                                                                                                         increased local skills base through more businesses operating on site.
        Good      Economic study carried out shows that business premises will meet the needs
                  of existing businesses in the area.                                                        Excellent   Very Good PLUS training opportunities to be provided by site facilities that will
                                                                                                                         help local workers up-skill.
     Very Good    Good PLUS identification and development of priority business sectors for the
                  area, including clusters of related activity, and other key business sectors of        Commitment      Objective BS2
                  importance sub-regionally and nationally.                                             in Masterplan
                                                                                                                         To ensure that the new development creates additional permanent
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS a range and choice of appropriate premises for business                                 skilled jobs.
                  needs, including business start-up units, and SMEs, to cater for organic
                  growth and active encouragement of new inward investment.                                              Shannon Development will aim to facilitate the creation of additional
                                                                                                                         permanent jobs through new business, existing local businesses, site services
  Commitment      Objective BS1
                                                                                                                         or site maintenance. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
 in Masterplan
                  To ensure new business space should complement and enhance those
                  businesses already in the local area, as well as encourage new inward                                  •   Ensuring that tenant types are identified and are actively encouraged that
                  investment.                                                                                                they will deliver a net % increase in jobs in Shannon and surrounding
                                                                                                                             area.
                  Shannon Development will ensure that new business premises
                  increase/maintain the viability of existing businesses, whilst developing priority                     •   Showing measurable increases in auxiliary jobs in the local area and an
                  business sectors and actively encouraging new inward investment. Shannon                                   increased local skills base through more businesses operating on site.
                  Development will carry out an economic study to show that business premises                            •   Providing training opportunities by site facilities (e.g., FAS) that will help
                  will meet the needs of existing businesses in the area. This will be achieved                              local workers up-skill.
                  by taking the following measures:
                  •   Identification and development of priority business sectors for the area,        Objective   7.3   To ensure the mixed use aspect of the development provides a benefit (in
                      including clusters of related activity and other key business sectors of                           both employment and recreation) to the employment catchment area.
                      importance sub-regionally and nationally.                                        Question          Will Shannon Development ensure that the development provides access to
                  •   Providing a range and choice of appropriate premises for business needs,                           employment opportunities for locals, which match the identified skills of the
                      including business start-up units, and SMEs, will cater for organic growth                         existing community (within 1hr commuting distance)?
                      and active encouragement of new inward investment.                               Benchmark
                                                                                                                Good     Study undertaken to identify the employment skills of the existing community.
                                                                                                           Very Good     Good PLUS development caters for skills identified in the study.
                                                                                                            Excellent    Skilled business and industrial jobs are provided and the relevant body
                                                                                                                         available to provide training to allow local workers to fill these new roles.
                                                                                                         Commitment      Objective BS3
                                                                                                        in Masterplan
                                                                                                                         To ensure the mixed use aspect of the development provides a benefit
                                                                                                                         (in both employment and recreation) to the employment catchment area.
                                                                                                                         Shannon Development will seek to ensure that the development targets will
                                                                                                                         provide access to employment opportunities for locals, which match the
                                                                                                                         identified skills of the existing community (within 1hr commuting distance) This
                                                                                                                         will be achieved by:
                                                                                                                         •   Fostering a skilled business and industrial jobs market and that relevant
                                                                                                                             bodies (e.g., FAS) will be available to provide training to allow local
                                                                                                                             workers to fill these new roles.




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Objective   7.4   To promote knowledge sharing between the tenants of the business park.              Objective   7.6   To ensure the correct zoning of land so that it is satisfactory to local
Question          What systems will Shannon Development put in place to encourage                                       businesses.
                  knowledge sharing within the business park?                                         Question          How will the Masterplan ensure that land is zoned in a manner that ensures
Benchmark                                                                                                               optimum distribution of businesses minimising the impact on existing
        Good      Production of a regular site wide newsletter / e-magazine providing                                   businesses?
                  information on site news and businesses.                                            Benchmark
     Very Good    Good PLUS links to academia in place to support knowledge sharing between                   Good      Zoning of development clearly distinguishes between different business types
                  tenants, as well as local universities.                                                               to reduce impact on neighbouring businesses.
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS a structure in place which allows for established businesses              Very Good    Good PLUS any potential disruption to existing businesses is mitigated
                  to mentor and support small / start up enterprises.                                                   through orientation of buildings to ensure entrances and delivery areas do not
  Commitment      Objective BS4                                                                                         clash.
 in Masterplan                                                                                              Excellent   Very Good PLUS design of overall development ensure there is sufficient
                  To promote knowledge sharing between the tenants of the business                                      landscaping between development plots, thus increasing the distance
                  park.                                                                                                 between them and reducing any negatives impacts.
                  Shannon Development will implement systems to encourage knowledge                     Commitment      Objective BS6
                  sharing within the business park. This will be achieved by:                          in Masterplan
                                                                                                                        To ensure the correct zoning of land so that it is satisfactory to local
                  •   Producing a regular site wide newsletter / e-magazine providing                                   businesses.
                      information on site news and businesses.                                                          Shannon Development will ensure that land is zoned in a manner that
                                                                                                                        ensures optimum distribution of businesses while minimising the impact on
                                                                                                                        existing businesses. This will be achieved by taking the following measures:
                                                                                                                        •   Ensuring that the zoning of development clearly distinguishes between
                                                                                                                            different business types to reduce impact on neighbouring businesses.
                                                                                                                        •   Ensuring that any potential disruption to existing businesses will be
                                                                                                                            mitigated through orientation of buildings to ensure entrances and
                                                                                                                            delivery areas do not clash.
                                                                                                                        •   Incorporate into the overall design that there is sufficient landscaping
                                                                                                                            between development plots, thus increasing the distance between them
Objective   7.5   To encourage sustainable businesses and practices.
                                                                                                                            and reducing any negatives impacts.
Question    (b)   What sustainability credentials will Shannon Development ask all developers
                  to include within their criteria for identifying potential tenants?
Benchmark
         Good     All tenants to sign up to the SFZ Charter for Sustainable Businesses.
    Very Good     Good PLUS tenant operates an Environmental Management System (certified
                  or non-certified).
      Excellent   Very Good PLUS tenant organisation has a Corporate Social Responsibility
                  strategy in place.
  Commitment      Objective BS5
 in Masterplan
                  To encourage sustainable businesses and practices.
                  Shannon Development will ask all developers to include sustainability
                  credentials within their criteria for identifying potential tenants. This will be
                  achieved by taking the following measure:
                  •   Ensuring that all tenants sign up to the SFZ Charter for Sustainable
                      Businesses.




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Buildings
                                                                                                     Objective   8.2   To ensure all refurbished buildings underpin the sustainability of the
Objective   8.1   To ensure individual buildings underpin the sustainability of the development.
                                                                                                                       development.
Question    (a)   What 'BREEAM Offices' standard will be achieved for all new office buildings?
                                                                                                     Question    (a)   What 'BREEAM Offices' standard will be achieved for all refurbished office
Benchmark
                                                                                                                       buildings?
          Good    BREEAM Offices ‘Very Good’
                                                                                                     Benchmark
     Very Good    • BREEAM Offices ‘Very Good’ across 90% of the development
                                                                                                              Good     BREEAM Offices 'Good’
                  • BREEAM Offices ‘Excellent’ across 10% of the development
                                                                                                         Very Good     • BREEAM Offices ‘Good’ across 50% of refurbishments
      Excellent   • BREEAM Offices ‘Very Good’ across 75% of the development
                                                                                                                       • BREEAM Offices ‘Very Good’ across 50% of refurbishments
                  • BREEAM Offices ‘Excellent’ across 25% of the development
                                                                                                           Excellent   BREEAM Offices ‘Very Good’
  Commitment      Objective BD1
                                                                                                       Commitment      Objective BD2
 in Masterplan
                  To ensure individual buildings underpin the sustainability of the                   in Masterplan
                                                                                                                       To ensure all refurbished buildings underpin the sustainability of the
                  development.
                                                                                                                       development.
                  Shannon Development will ensure that an appropriate level of the 'BREEAM
                                                                                                                       Shannon development will ensure that an appropriate level of the 'BREEAM'
                  Offices' standard will be achieved for all new office buildings. This will be
                                                                                                                       standard will be achieved for all refurbished office and industrial buildings.
                  achieved by:
                                                                                                                       This will be achieved by ensuring that a minimum BREEAM standard of ‘Very
                  •   Ensuring that a BREEAM Offices standard of ‘Excellent’ is achieved                               Good’ is achieved on all office and industrial refurbishments.
                      across a minimum 25% of the development.
                  •   Ensuring that a BREEAM Offices standard of “Very Good’ is achieved
                      across 75% of the development.



                                                                                                     Objective   8.2   To ensure all refurbished buildings underpin the sustainability of the
                                                                                                                       development.
                                                                                                     Question    (b)   What 'BREEAM Industrial' standard will be achieved for all refurbished
                                                                                                                       industrial units?
Objective   8.1   To ensure individual buildings underpin the sustainability of the development.     Benchmark
Question    (b)   What 'BREEAM Industrial' standard will be achieved for all new industrial                   Good     BREEAM Industrial 'Good’
                  units?
                                                                                                         Very Good     • BREEAM Industrial 'Good’ across 50% of the development
Benchmark                                                                                                              • BREEAM Industrial ‘Very Good’ across 50% of the development
         Good     BREEAM Industrial ‘Very Good’                                                            Excellent   BREEAM Industrial ‘Very Good’
    Very Good     • BREEAM Industrial ‘Very Good’ across 90% of the development                        Commitment      Objective BD2
                  • BREEAM Industrial ‘Excellent’ across 10% of the development                       in Masterplan
      Excellent   • BREEAM Industrial ‘Very Good’ across 75% of the development                                        To ensure all refurbished buildings underpin the sustainability of the
                  • BREEAM Industrial ‘Excellent’ across 25% of the development                                        development.
  Commitment      Objective BD1                                                                                        Shannon development will ensure that an appropriate level of the 'BREEAM'
 in Masterplan                                                                                                         standard will be achieved for all refurbished office and industrial buildings.
                  To ensure individual buildings underpin the sustainability of the
                  development.                                                                                         This will be achieved by ensuring that a minimum BREEAM standard of ‘Very
                                                                                                                       Good’ is achieved on all office and industrial refurbishments.
                  Shannon development will also ensure that an appropriate level of the
                  'BREEAM Industrial' standard will be achieved for all new industrial units. This
                  will be achieved by:
                  •   Ensuring that a BREEAM Industrial standard of ‘Excellent’ is achieved
                      across a minimum 25% of the development.
                  •   Ensuring that a BREEAM Industrial standard of ‘Very Good’ is achieved
                      across 75% of the development.




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APPENDIX 2: DEVELOPER GREENPRINT OBJECTIVES                                                              Objective   1.3   To encourage the use of community energy schemes.
                                                                                                         Question    (b)   What community energy scheme has the developer committed to for new build
                                                                                                                           developments?
Climate Change                                                                                                             A) Connect into an existing community energy system (where installed) or install
                                                                                                                           shared conventional gas or oil fired plant between buildings.
Objective   1.1   To determine the level of flood risk, and reduce any significant risk of flooding of                     B) Renewable fuels fired boilers (biomass, domestic or agricultural wastes)
                  the SFZ and adjacent areas of land.                                                                      C) Gas fired CHP plant (to include Tri-generation cooling if cooling is required in
Question    (d)   What measures has the developer incorporated into their plot design to reduce                            the buildings)
                  the contribution it may have to flash flooding?                                                          D) CHP Biomass plant (to include Tri-generation cooling if cooling is required in
                  A) SUDS systems and overground infiltration basins                                                       the buildings)
                  B) Flood defences incorporated into the design of the landscaping around the           Benchmark
                  open water ways                                                                                 Good     A
                  C) Use of permeable surfaces (e.g. car parks, amenity areas, pavements, cycle              Very Good     B or C
                  routes).                                                                                    Excellent    D
Benchmark
         Good     C
    Very Good     C PLUS either B or A
     Excellent    All measures                                                                           Objective   1.4   To increase the overall efficiency of the SFZ development through energy
                                                                                                                           efficient design and management.
                                                                                                         Question    (a)   What percentage carbon reduction over and above Irish Building Regulations
                                                                                                                           will the developer achieve for all new buildings using energy efficiency
Objective   1.2   To reduce the overall consumption of clean water for non-potable uses                                    measures?
                  through use of technologies.
Question    (a)   What percentage of the total roof area will the developer incorporate rainwater                          Energy efficiency measures include:
                  harvesting systems to collect and reuse water for either irrigation and/or                               • Passive design principles
                  internal use?                                                                                            • Thermal efficiency measures, including improved building fabric and air-
                                                                                                                           tightness
                  Internal use could include flushing toilets, taps (non-drinking) and for building                        • Specification of energy efficient equipment, lighting and controls
                  cooling.                                                                                                 • Good Quality CHP, district heating and cooling
Benchmark                                                                                                                  • Ground source heating and cooling
         Good     Over 50% of the total roof area used for rainwater harvesting.                         Benchmark
    Very Good     Over 70% of the total roof area used for rainwater harvesting.                                  Good     ≥ 10%
     Excellent    Over 80% of the total roof area used for rainwater harvesting.                             Very Good     ≥ 15%
                                                                                                              Excellent    ≥ 20%


Objective   1.2   To reduce the overall consumption of clean water for non-potable uses
                  through use of technologies.                                                           Objective   1.4   To increase the overall efficiency of the SFZ development through energy
Question    (b)   What percentage of new buildings is the developer planning to incorporate                                efficient design and management.
                  grey water recycling systems to reduce building level potable water                    Question    (b)   What percentage carbon reduction over and above Irish Building Regulations
                  consumption?                                                                                             will the developer achieve for all refurbished buildings using energy efficiency
                                                                                                                           measures?
                  These systems should include completely separate pipework and fittings for
                  the distribution of grey water, and include use for toilet flushing and taps (non-                       See above energy efficiency measures.
                  drinking).                                                                             Benchmark
Benchmark                                                                                                         Good     ≥ 5%
         Good     ≥ 10%                                                                                      Very Good     ≥ 10%
    Very Good     ≥ 15%                                                                                       Excellent    ≥ 15%
     Excellent    ≥ 20%




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Objective   1.4   To increase the overall efficiency of the SFZ development through energy         Objective   1.5   To develop a building services strategy that reduces or eliminates the need and
                  efficient design and management.                                                                   associated impact of mechanical ventilation and cooling.
Question    (c)   What air tightness levels will the developer achieve for all new buildings to    Question    (b)   What measures will be incorporated into the building to reduce the associated
                  ensure optimum building performance and minimise unnecessary air infiltration?                     energy use of mechanical ventilation and cooling systems in new and
Benchmark                                                                                                            refurbished buildings?
         Good     10 m³/m²/per hr
    Very Good     8 m³/m²/per hr                                                                                     A) Incorporation of passive ventilation technologies to minimise or eliminate
     Excellent    5 m³/m²/per hr                                                                                     need for mechanical ventilation completely.
                                                                                                                     B) Renewable energy or ground/air sourced heat exchanger.
                                                                                                                     C) Waste heat recovered and reused either within the same building of
                                                                                                                     neighbouring facility.
                                                                                                                     D) Energy efficient electrically powered system but waste heat not discharged
Objective   1.4   To increase the overall efficiency of the SFZ development through energy                           where it will affect neighbours or ecology.
                  efficient design and management.                                                                   E) User information concerning efficient operation.
Question    (d)   What heating measures have been incorporated into the building to ensure         Benchmark
                  that heating efficiency is maximised, including the provision of appropriate              Good     D and E
                  training for the building owners/tenants on how to operate and maintain them?        Very Good     Good PLUS B or C
                                                                                                        Excellent    Very Good PLUS A
                  A) TRV's on all radiators (where radiators are present)
                  B) Seven day timed operation of boiler plant
                  C) Optimum Start/Stop controllers
                  D) Weather compensation controls
                  E) Appropriate zoned heating                                                     Objective   1.6   To promote the increased use of renewable energy sources on site.
                  F) Building Management System (BMS), including provision of training to          Question          What percentage carbon reduction from renewables will the developer
                  building owners/tenants on my to operate it                                                        achieve?
Benchmark
         Good     A-C                                                                                                Technologies include but not limited to: solar water heating, photovoltaics,
    Very Good     Good PLUS D & E                                                                                    micro turbines, water source heat pumps, and ground source heat pumps.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS F
                                                                                                                     Note: The % carbon reduction from renewables is calculated after energy
                                                                                                                     efficiency measures have been accounted for. The energy hierarchy of LEAN,
                                                                                                                     CLEAN and GREEN, should always be followed, hence one should consider
                                                                                                                     clean energy generation first (through CHP for example) before addressing
Objective   1.5   To develop a building services strategy that reduces the impact of mechanical                      renewable generation on site.
                  ventilation and cooling.                                                         Benchmark
Question    (a)   What percentage of total floor area of new and refurbished buildings will the             Good     ≥ 5%
                  developer avoid the installation of air-conditioning systems?                        Very Good     ≥ 10%
Benchmark                                                                                               Excellent    ≥ 15%
         Good     ≥ 25%
    Very Good     ≥ 50%
     Excellent    ≥ 95% (this takes into account that some computer server rooms/equipment
                  may require mechanical cooling).
                                                                                                   Objective   1.7   To provide energy use information to occupants through the provision of smart
                                                                                                                     metering.
                                                                                                   Question          What percentage of buildings will incorporate smart metering showing tenants
                                                                                                                     net energy use, plus the amount of any energy generated from building
                                                                                                                     integrated renewables (where installed)?
                                                                                                   Benchmark
                                                                                                            Good     ≥ 50%
                                                                                                       Very Good     ≥ 75%
                                                                                                        Excellent    100%




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Objective   1.8   To ensure that buildings are operated efficiently in order to achieve a high    Objective   1.9   To ensure that the development's lighting scheme is as energy efficient as
                  standard of environmental performance.                                                            possible and minimises light pollution.
Question    (a)   What measures have been incorporated into the Building Management System        Question          How has the developer ensured that the development lighting scheme (street
                  for all buildings to ensure that energy usage can be monitored, targeted and                      lighting, way marking and security lighting - including those on buildings) has
                  minimised?                                                                                        been designed to be energy efficient and minimise light pollution.
Benchmark
        Good      Energy sub metering incorporated into each floor of the building which relays                     Energy efficient lighting would include consideration of appropriate low energy
                  energy consumption information back to the BMS.                                                   lamps, photocells and control gear. Light spillage should be addressed
    Very Good     Good PLUS sub-metering of individual electrical and heating demands including                     through specification of appropriate lantern types such as flat glass lanterns,
                  heating, lighting, and small power (per floor).                                                   virtually eliminating upwards transmission and light trespass.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS Building Management System incorporates remote access for        Benchmark
                  ease of use and interrogation of usage data.                                           Good       Use of an independent consultant to advice on lighting design. Lighting
                                                                                                                    scheme submitted is the minimum required for security and working purposes
                                                                                                                    and minimises potential light pollution from glow and spillage.
                                                                                                      Very Good     Good PLUS lighting scheme specifies daylight light sensors to regulate hours
                                                                                                                    of operation.
                                                                                                       Excellent    Very Good PLUS lighting elements powered by renewable energy sources,
                                                                                                                    and zero upwards transmission from street lighting.




Objective   1.8   To ensure that buildings are operated efficiently in order to achieve a high
                  standard of environmental performance.
Question    (b)   Where the tenant is directly responsible for the management of the building
                  has the developer provided the relevant information to the tenants on the
                  operation of the building?
Benchmark
       Good       Provision of a building log book for all new and refurbished buildings PLUS
                  intranet/cd-rom based training package for building operators.
    Very Good     Good PLUS training provided to all new staff on energy management
                  techniques and general good housekeeping.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS set up of a benchmarking club for building occupiers.




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Transport
                                                                                                    Objective   2.8    To understand the traffic implications of the new development and implement
Objective    2.1   To promote walking around the site in order to enhance access to local
                                                                                                                       measures to mitigate these.
                   facilities and reduce the requirement for private car use.
                                                                                                    Question    (b)    Has the developer incorporated measures into their own plans to mitigate
Question     (b)   Will the developer provide safe pedestrian routes around buildings, to the
                                                                                                                       against any adverse impacts caused by increased traffic as identified in
                   rest of the site and to local facilities including transport nodes?
                                                                                                                       Shannon Development traffic impact assessment?
Benchmark
                                                                                                    Benchmark
            Good   Plans clearly prioritise the requirements of pedestrians throughout site,
                                                                                                           Good        Information will be provided on transport options and alternatives to all
                   providing clear, safe and direct routes to all buildings and facilities.
                                                                                                                       tenants.
      Very Good    Good PLUS plans provide a highly permeable pedestrian network linking
                                                                                                        Very Good      Good PLUS advice on establishing work place travel plans and intra-business
                   buildings and local facilities, which is well overlooked, direct, convenient,
                                                                                                                       car share schemes.
                   safe and secure with a good standard of energy-efficient lighting.
                                                                                                         Excellent     Developer demonstrates other innovative approaches within their design plans
       Excellent   Very Good PLUS traffic dispersed across site with pedestrian priority
                                                                                                                       to address traffic management and promotion of alternatives on site.
                   throughout (i.e. use of shared surfaces and design measures to slow traffic
                   speeds).




                                                                                                    Objective   2.10    To minimise the environmental and social impact of the construction phase,
Objective    2.4   To reduce the car dependency of shift workers.
                                                                                                                        including disruption to existing SFZ tenants.
Question           Is a shuttle bus service provided for shift workers requiring transport to and
                                                                                                    Question            What measures will the developer write into the Construction Management
                   from the SFZ and Shannon town centre and Limerick outside of normal bus
                                                                                                                        Plans to minimise the impacts of the construction phase?
                   operating times?
                                                                                                    Benchmark
Benchmark
                                                                                                             Good       Limited on site car parking provided and secure storage facilities provided on
            Good   Recognised pick up point is within 500m from buildings where people are
                                                                                                                        site to store contractor tools and equipment.
                   working shifts. The timetable is designed around the start and finish of the
                                                                                                         Very Good      Good PLUS Shuttle buses to and from Shannon and Limerick provided by
                   majority of shifts.
                                                                                                                        developer to bring operatives to and from site.
      Very Good    Recognised pick up point is within 250m from buildings where people are
                                                                                                          Excellent     Very Good PLUS construction traffic limited in peak working periods.
                   working shifts. The timetable is designed around the start and finish of all
                   shifts.
       Excellent   Recognised pick up point is within 250m from buildings where people are
                   working shifts. The timetable is designed around the start and finish of all
                   shifts.




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Placemaking

Objective   3.1   To apply design principles to increase the security of the development and
                  create defensible spaces that clearly define public and private spaces.
Question          Will the development be designed to ‘Secured By Design’ or equivalent
                  standards and make a clear distinction between the fronts and backs of
                  commercial and industrial units, allowing for secure parking, or delivery access
                  at the rear and an overlooked, safe public realm?
Benchmark
        Good      Evidence of Secured By Design strategy. 75% building frontages face onto
                  street.
    Very Good     Good PLUS Secured By Design plus involvement of a Police Architectural
                  Liaison Officer (ALO) or Crime Reduction Design Officer (CRDO). 100%
                  building frontages face onto street.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS 0% exposed backs, and incorporation of design elements to
                  address any 'known crime issues' on site.




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Resources                                                                                         Objective   4.6   To divert construction waste from landfill.
                                                                                                  Question    (c)   How much waste is generated # on site in the construction of office units per
                                                                                                                    100m² of floor area?
Objective   4.5   To deliver a comprehensive Site Waste Management Plan to effectively
                  manage the waste produced during the construction process.
                                                                                                                    # This is ALL waste generated (not just the waste that is sent to landfill).
Question          How comprehensive is the Site Waste Management Plan that the developer has
                                                                                                  Benchmark
                  established?
                                                                                                           Good     24m³ of waste generated per 100m² of office floor area.
Benchmark
                                                                                                      Very Good     20m³ of waste generated per 100m² of office floor area.
        Good      Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) including setting targets and reporting
                  on waste arising.                                                                    Excellent    16m³ of waste generated per 100m² of office floor area.
    Very Good     Good PLUS the use of benchmarking and measuring tools (e.g. SMARTWaste)
                  to target and reduce waste at source.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS the developer will designate a waste manager to carry out
                  these requirements and provide training and awareness raising tackling onsite
                  waste management, including an introductory waste minimisation site booklet.
                                                                                                  Objective   4.6   To divert construction waste from landfill.
                                                                                                  Question    (d)   How much waste is generated # on site in the construction of retail or
                                                                                                                    industrial units per 100m² of floor area?

                                                                                                                    # This is ALL waste generated (not just the waste that is sent to landfill).
Objective   4.6   To divert construction waste from landfill.                                     Benchmark
Question    (a)   What target will the developer commit to for the total percentage of                     Good     15m³ of waste generated per 100m² of retail or industrial floor area.
                  construction waste materials (by mass) diverted from landfill?                      Very Good     13m³ of waste generated per 100m² of retail or industrial floor area.
Benchmark                                                                                              Excellent    10m³ of waste generated per 100m² of retail or industrial floor area.
         Good     ≥ 50%
    Very Good     ≥ 65%
     Excellent    ≥ 85%



                                                                                                  Objective   4.7   To encourage tenants to implement the waste hierarchy and to ensure that the
                                                                                                                    appropriate collection and storage provision is in place for all commercial waste
                                                                                                                    streams.
                                                                                                  Question          What waste segregation facilities will the developer put in place for the
Objective   4.6   To divert construction waste from landfill.
                                                                                                                    separation, storage and collection of commercial waste?
Question    (b)   What waste streams will be segregated on site during construction and
                                                                                                  Benchmark
                  diverted from land fill?
                                                                                                          Good      Information is provided to each tenant/buyer detailing the recycling facilities
Benchmark
                                                                                                                    provided on site. Provision is made within a community of buildings for the
       Good       Segregated containers at the workface for metals, high value materials and
                                                                                                                    segregation and storage suitable for collection for commonly occurring
                  hazardous waste.
                                                                                                                    recyclables.
    Very Good     Good PLUS segregated containers for wood, plasterboard, packaging and
                                                                                                      Very Good     Good PLUS minimum of 1m² of recycling space per 1000m² of net floor area in
                  inert.
                                                                                                                    each building or on site.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS take back schemes with suppliers.
                                                                                                       Excellent    Good PLUS minimum of 2m² of recycling space per 1000m² of net floor area in
                                                                                                                    each building or on site.




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Objective   4.8    To reduce utility consumption during construction.                                 Objective   4.11    To increase the volume of low environmental impact materials used during
Question    (a)    The developer is required to have a water efficiency plan for the construction                         construction and refurbishment of developments.
                   process. What is the target water consumption figure per €100k project             Question            What percentage (by volume) of new wall, floor, ceilings, and roof materials
                   value? This will need to be monitored and subsequently reported.                                       will be specified to ensure a low environmental impact (specification to be
Benchmark                                                                                                                 informed by Green Guide for Specification or equivalent)?
         Good      ≤ 40 m³                                                                            Benchmark
    Very Good      ≤ 20 m³                                                                                      Good      ≥ 25% Green Guide 'A' rated, the remaining to be 'B' rated.
     Excellent     ≤ 8 m³                                                                                  Very Good      ≥ 50% Green Guide 'A' rated, the remaining to be 'B' rated.
                                                                                                            Excellent     ≥ 75% Green Guide 'A' rated, the remaining to be 'B' rated.




Objective   4.8    To reduce utility consumption during construction.
Question    (b)    The developer is required to have an energy efficiency plan for the                Objective   4.12     To increase the proportion of locally sourced materials used in construction.
                   construction process. What is the target CO2 figure per €100k project value        Question             Does the developer have a strategy in place to identify possible local
                   resulting from energy consumption on site? This will need to be monitored and                           sources of materials used in construction (up to 80 road kilometres or a 65
                   subsequently reported.                                                                                  kilometre radius) in the development?
Benchmark                                                                                             Benchmark
         Good      2,200 kg CO2                                                                                   Good     Strategy has been developed which identifies a number of
    Very Good      800 kg CO2                                                                                              material/component streams that will be sourced locally.
     Excellent     280 kg CO2                                                                               Very Good      Good PLUS developer has set a specific % target (≥ 5% by material value)
                                                                                                                           to be sourced locally.
                                                                                                              Excellent    Good PLUS developer has set a specific % target (≥ 10% by material value)
                                                                                                                           to be sourced locally.


Objective   4.9    To encourage the use of Modern Methods of Construction to reduce site
                   development impacts on existing communities and construction waste.
Question           How much of the basic building elements (by element) for new builds will
                   utilise Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)?                                      Objective   4.13    To increase the amount of reclaimed and recycled materials used in the
                                                                                                                          development.
                   Basic building elements includes: floors, walls, roofs and ceilings.               Question            Has the developer committed to the amount of recycled / reclaimed* content
Benchmark                                                                                                                 (% of material used by value) to be used in bulk building materials for the
         Good      10%                                                                                                    development?
    Very Good      15%
     Excellent     25%                                                                                                    * can include materials generated on site from the demolition of existing
                                                                                                                          buildings and infrastructure.
                                                                                                                          # refers to all buildings, communal infrastructure (including roads), external
                                                                                                                          hard surfaces, landscaping (hard and soft) and earthworks.
                                                                                                      Benchmark
                                                                                                                Good      ≥15%
Objective   4.10    To encourage the use of sustainably sourced timber.                                    Very Good      ≥25%
Question            What percentage of timber (by volume) used in construction will be either re-           Excellent     ≥35%
                    used from existing buildings or from independently verified sustainable sources
                    such as FSC, CSA, and PEFC?
Benchmark
          Good      ≥ 60%
     Very Good      ≥ 80%
      Excellent     100%




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Ecology
                                                                                                     Objective   5.3   To ensure that the overall planting scheme is robust enough to survive any
Objective   5.1   To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site and
                                                                                                                       predicted impacts of climate change through its life span.
                  protect existing natural habitats.
                                                                                                     Question    (b)   Will the developer specify a planting scheme for the plot design which is
Question    (b)   To what extent will the developer take on the recommendations of the
                                                                                                                       resistant to the predicted impacts of climate change i.e. - higher quantities of
                  ecological survey to minimise the impact of the development on the existing
                                                                                                                       UV light, drought resistant, copes with extremes of temperature, wind
                  ecology and/or enhance the value of the site?
                                                                                                                       resistant?
Benchmark
                                                                                                     Benchmark
        Good      Location and construction of buildings takes account of the ecological survey to
                                                                                                              Good     Designed by ecologist or landscape architect.
                  minimise the impact. Where areas with existing ecological value are to be
                                                                                                         Very Good     Designed by ecologist and landscape architect and use of indigenous species.
                  disturbed they are offset by provision of an alternative habitat of at least
                  equivalent wildlife value.                                                              Excellent    Very Good PLUS long term maintenance regime established for maintenance
                                                                                                                       of all shared landscaped areas.
    Very Good     Good PLUS all ecologically valuable habitats that are to be kept adequately
                  protected to prevent disruption during the construction phases.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS the developer committed to putting in place measures to
                  enhance the ecology of the site. This may make reference to the Local
                  Biodiversity Action Plan for guidance on enhancement measures and priority
                  habitat and species.




Objective   5.1   To maintain and enhance ecological value and biodiversity of the site and
                  protect existing natural habitats.
Question    (d)   Will the developer ensure that all identified wildlife corridors remain
                  undisturbed during the construction phases?
Benchmark
       Good       Ecologist to advise of any legal requiements for protection of species found on
                  site. This will include the use of hoardings to protect designated wildlife
                  corridors and prevent access by at least 15m from these areas inline with
                  BREEAM recommendations.
    Very Good     Good PLUS a schedule of work allows majority of the site activity (people and
                  noise) to take place at least 15m from any hoardings.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS work is scheduled to minimise impacts on the natural cycle
                  of the wildlife present e.g. hedge and tree disturbance does not take place
                  during nesting season.




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Community

Objective   6.4   To create an inclusive business park which is easily accessible to all.
Question          What measures will be taken to ensure that the building provides equal access
                  for all?
Benchmark
        Good      The building will comply with all relevant requirements relating to 'access' in
                  Building Regulations.
    Very Good     An Access Statement has been developed and used to ensure that all access
                  issues are considered throughout the development process.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS an Inclusive Design Champion is appointed to ensure the
                  building operation post construction fully considers all access issues, going
                  beyond Building Regulations.




Objective   6.7   To ensure that existing businesses are not unduly affected by the demolition
                  and construction of the development.
Question          What measures will be put in place by the developer to reduce the risk of
                  unnecessary disturbance, dust and air pollution from demolition and
                  construction activities to existing businesses?
Benchmark
       Good       All existing businesses kept informed of demolition and construction timetable
                  via regular open forums to discuss progress, and allow businesses to raise
                  any concerns and/or complaints.
    Very Good     Good PLUS any demolition and construction activities thought to potentially
                  create significant disturbance to be scheduled with this in mind and monitored.
     Excellent    Very Good PLUS a detailed transportation plan to minimise the impact on
                  surrounding roads and neighbourhoods.




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Business
                                                                                                     Buildings
Objective   7.5   To encourage sustainable businesses and practices.
Question    (a)   Will the developer produce a tenant pack to be provided to each new tenant         No developer objectives set
                  including information on:

                  • Environmental technologies installed in the development
                  • Energy Efficiency – systems incorporated into their place of work and how to
                  practice the most energy efficient behaviour.
                  • Local transport services - local bus timetables, car share, cycling facilities
                  provided and safe cycling advice.
                  • Water efficiency information pack
                  • Local amenities
                  • Recycling facilities
Benchmark         Tenant packs provided covering elements under developer control.
                  Good PLUS Community intranet detailing all elements, and an environmental
                  induction for all new employees on the issues covered in the pack.
                  Very Good PLUS promotion of services provided by other organisations.




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APPENDIX 3: GREENPRINT SCORE AND RATING EXPLAINED


There are two main factors contributing to the overall GreenPrint Score and Rating awarded to the
Masterplan. The ‘weighting’ applied to the questions in the GreenPrint, and the ‘benchmark’ achieved.

Each question in the Shannon Free Zone GreenPrint has been weighted; 1, 2 or 3 (1 being the most
important). The weightings provide an order of importance to the questions within each GreenPrint category.
This has assisted Shannon Development to prioritise where they should meet the highest benchmarks in the
GreenPrint, and can assist developers to do the same.

A question’s weighting directly relates to the maximum number of ‘points’ available for a question, as follows:

    •   “1” weighting            5 points
    •   “2” weighting            1 point
    •   “3” weighting            0.3 points

For each question there are three benchmark levels which can be achieved by Shannon Development or the
developer; “Good”, “Very Good” or “Excellent”. The benchmark achieved for each question acts as a
multiplier, as follows:

    •   “Good”                   x 0.3
    •   “Very Good”              x 0.7
    •   “Excellent”              x1

The score awarded for each question in the GreenPrint is calculated by multiplying the benchmark achieved
by the weightings points available.

The final GreenPrint Score is the sum of the individual question scores achieved, divided by the total
maximum score available (highest benchmark levels achieved for every question), which is presented as a
percentage.

The GreenPrint Score translates into an overall GreenPrint Rating as follows:

        No grade:         <50%
        Good:             50% – 64%
        Very Good:        65% – 74%
        Excellent:        75% – 84%
        Exemplar:         >84%




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APPENDIX 4: GREENPRINT ASSESSMENT SHEET




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